Arts

Ian Derrer leads the Kentucky Opera, fueled by a lifelong love of opera.

Ian Derrer

General Director, Kentucky Opera

Interviewed: 12-02-2016

Conrad Bachmann’s career spans four decades and hundreds of roles.

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Louisville International Festival of Films, and Hollywood Actor

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Mitzi Friedlander has spent much of her career bringing stories to life for the blind. After 50 years of recording books, Friedlander holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Tyrone Cotton’s love of music and desire to create fuels his music and the songs he writes.

Tyrone Cotton

Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Tyrone Cotton Band

Interviewed: 04-17-2015

Christen Boone is a community connector, social entrepreneur, and leader in nonprofit development and strategic philanthropy.

Christen Boone

President and CEO, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Theatre director Les Waters’ interest in contemporary art and new plays drives him in his career.

Les Waters

Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (“ATL”)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Pat Gallagher creates visual art based on the connection he feels when talking with people.

Pat Gallagher

Internationally Renowned Visual Artist

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Inspired by creativity, Bruce Simpson credits the joy of life for what drives him and fuels his career in ballet.

Bruce Simpson

Past Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet (2002-2014)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A passion for the arts and to make things better by introducing new generations to the art drives Stephen Klein in his career.

Stephen Klein

Past President of The Kentucky Center for the Arts (2005-2013)

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Connecting people and telling stories fuel Marc Masterson as the artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL).

Marc Masterson

Past Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2000-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Driven by the need for, and impact of, arts education on young people, Paul Lenzi and his wife, Geraldine, co-founded the Blue Apple Players Theatre Group a children’s theatre company.

Paul Lenzi

Past Executive Director, Blue Apple Players (1976-2015)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Bill McNulty is an actor and director who has performed internationally, and enjoys a grounded life with a love for his work and his family.

William “Bill” McNulty

Resident Actor & Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Ed Hamilton has always been driven by a need to create and discover something new.

Ed Hamilton

Internationally Renowned American Monument Sculptor

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Jennifer Bielstein loves the art form and experience of live theatre and believes that it can change people’s lives.

Jennifer Bielstein

Past Managing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (2006-2016)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Allan Cowen takes the long view of life and believes that life is as great as you choose it to be.

Allan Cowen

Past President & CEO, Fund for the Arts ((1976-2011)

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

Barbara Sexton Smith’s personal mission is to leave the earth better than she found it.

Barbara Sexton Smith

VP, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

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