Vickers named managing director of performing arts center

Author: Arts and Letters


Jon Vickers, previously director of the Browning Cinema in the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, has been promoted to the new position of managing director of the center.

“Jon has excellent operational experience to bring to the position, is dedicated to making connections across the academy, and is a valued member of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center team,” said Anna M. Thompson, the Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of Performing Arts.

As managing director, Vickers will oversee the daily operational activities of the center, ensuring that its academic, business, guest and technical services, as well as external relations, are aligned with the center’s overall mission. Additionally, Vickers will be responsible for building partnerships with colleges, departments, institutes and other centers on campus in an effort to further the arts as a critically important part of the University.

Vickers will continue to serve as curator of the film series at the Browning Cinema and will collaborate with Thompson on programming themes for each season between the cinematic and performing arts.

Vickers and his wife, Jennifer, have for 12 years owned and operated the Vickers Theatre, an independent, art house theater located in Three Oaks, Mich. His education includes a degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.

In Three Oaks, he is a founding member of Harbor Arts, Harbor Country Forum, the Sound of Silence Film Festival and Radio Harbor Country, of which he is the current chair. He also is chair of the Village of Three Oaks Downtown Development Authority.

The DeBartolo Center is presenting its fourth season of world-renowned performances, art film screenings, University department and faculty performances, and other programming. The facility includes five separate venues, including the Leighton Concert Hall, Decio Mainstage Theatre, Philbin Studio Theatre, THX-certified Browning Cinema, and the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall.

Contact: Kyle Fitzenreiter, marketing manager, performing arts center, 574-631-1873,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory and Kyle Fitzenreiter at on February 21, 2008.