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Stephen Klein, The Kentucky Center

Stephen T. Klein came to The Kentucky Center as President in 2005, following one season with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Prior to his season with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Klein spent nine seasons as Managing Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, overseeing the building and relocation of the theaterís operations into the New OíReilly Theater designed by Michael Graves. Klein brings 35 years of leadership experience in the arts to the Centerís presidency, including serving as the Executive Director of the internationally-acclaimed National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He also served as Orchestra Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Stephen Klein with Host Candyce Clifft In 2008, The Kentucky Center is celebrating 25 years as one of Louisvilleís premier performing arts venues. The Center, which was dedicated on November 19, 1983, has enjoyed a rich history in the Commonwealth.

The mission of The Kentucky Center is to provide artistically diverse performances of the highest quality. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.

The Kentucky Center is opening its doors to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Season with Curtain's Up Community Day on Sunday, October 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free event will feature exciting performances, artists and exhibits. Click here for a complete schedule and more details.

Learn about The Kentucky Center's Governor's School for the Arts. A Louisville Life interview with GSA Executive Director Heather Weston Bell is also available online.

Program 301
Louisville Life spotlights the return of the KentuckyShow! and introduces you to the people who've made it possible. Plus, a retrospective on renowned artist Julius Friedman, who contributed to the new KentuckyShow! exhibit space; the quirky local business for fans of Louisville; and KET celebrates 40 years in the Commonwealth. (#301)