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Nov19Filed under: Arts administration, Central Kentucky Arts News, Eastern Kentucky University; Tagged as: Clark State Community College, Eastern Kentucky University, Edward Weisenbach, Katherine Eckstrand, Muleskinner Band, Ohio Arts Council, Performing Arts at Eastern Kentucky University, Shepherd University
Eastern Kentucky University’s new performing arts center, which is currently under construction, has an executive director.
Katherine Eckstrand, who is currently director of community development for the Ohio Arts Council, will be the director of the Center for the Performing Arts at Eastern Kentucky University, which is scheduled to be completed in the middle of 2011.
The 93,000-square-foot center will include a 2,000-seat theater capable of presenting Broadway-style productions and a “black-box” theater that will seat as many as 250. The center is adjacent to EKU’s business and technology center, on the south side of the Eastern By-Pass, between Lancaster Road and Kit Carson Drive.
Prior to working with the Ohio Arts Council, where she oversees four grant programs as well as many other projects, Eckstrand was the arts director and director of cultural programs at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (1986-1994), and the executive director of the performing arts center at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio (1994-2005). She has been the president of both the Ohio Arts Presenters Network and the West Virginia Arts Presenters and served on the boards and in other capacities for numerous national, state and local organizations.
Her husband, Edward Weisenbach, is a retired educator and technology director who is also a bluegrass musician in the Muleskinner Band.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich