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Kim Baker, President and CEO

Kim is a strong and dynamic leader in the arts community, with extensive experience in the areas of arts administration and theatre management, communications, programming, and development.  She became President & CEO of Kentucky Performing Arts in 2014. Her lifelong passion for the arts was ignited when she was a teenager by her participation as a student in the very first class of Kentucky Performing Arts' Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in the Arts Administration and often returns as a guest lecturer for the program.

Kim has been awarded several honors, including the 2019 Arts Innovation Award at Louisville’s Annual Awards in the Arts Celebration as well as the 2019 Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman in the Arts.  In 2020, she was celebrated as one of Louisville’s most admired CEOs at Louisville Business First’s annual award ceremony.  Kim was also a participant in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Alden Fellows. 

Kim is a connected national leader in the performing arts, and she represents Kentucky Performing Arts as a member of the Broadway League, the Performing Arts Consortium, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), as well as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Betty McGuire

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board Liaison


Heather Weston Bell

Senior Vice President, Community Engagement


Christian Adelberg

Vice President, Marketing and Communications


Dr. Tamekka Cornelius, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dawn Driskell

Vice President, Finance


Chris Kaelin

Vice President, Operations


Loren Mills

Vice President, Human Resources


Will Richards

Vice President, Facilities and Production


Julie Roberts

Vice President, Development and Advocacy


Rob Schmidlapp

Vice President, Information Systems


Nick Covault

Vice President, Education & Community


Jason C. Brooks

Director, Governor's School for the Arts


David Doukas

Director of Production Operations


Stacey Griffin Hallahan

Director of Booking


David Langdon

Director of Ticketing Systems and Operations


Megan King

Director of Programming


Eric Spears

Senior Director of Security



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