Norton Center for the Arts at night

Norton Center for the Arts

Norton Center for the Arts hosts world-class performing arts and serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in theatre and music.

Within the 85,000 square foot complex are stunning performance and exhibition spaces as well as exceptional academic facilities for art, music, and drama. The Center’s two theaters have drawn consistent praise from performers and audiences alike.

Site of both the 2012 and 2000 Vice Presidential Debates, the Norton Center is the College’s showplace for such top national— and international—acts as Alison Krauss & Union Station, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway musicals, bluegrass musicians Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Regular series shows are free to students.

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Newlin Hall

Newlin Hall, a 1,500-seat concert hall, is known to have one of the finest acoustical designs in the country.

Newlin Hall


Grant Hall

Grant Hall is home to classrooms, studios, and faculty offices for the departments of dramatic arts and music. Grant includes recital halls, playing rooms, well-lit hardwood acting studios, and a versatile black box theatre for student productions.

Centre students dancing in Weisiger Hall


Weisiger Theatre

The versatile Weisiger Theatre, a 360-seat theater in the round, accommodates a wide variety of performances.

Centre student actors warming up before a performance


Ex Astris

The 14-foot, brass-plated sculpture by Louisville artist Tom Lear is located at the main entrance to the Newlin Hall foyer of the Norton Center for the Arts. Installed in 1978, the work was provided by an anonymous gift to Centre for its execution. The name means “from the stars.

Ed Astris sculpture in front of the Norton Center


The Haven Gillespie Fountain and Plaza

The Haven Gillespie Fountain and Plaza (1973, renovated in 1994 and 2010) was a gift made possible by Audrey R. Gillespie in memory of James Haven Gillespie 1888-1975 and his son Haven Lamont Gillespie 1910-1990.

Gillespie fountain and plaza in front of the Norton Center


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