Goff hired to lead Northwest Performing Arts Center

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Northwest Mississippi Community College is pleased to announce that the college has hired Kerry Goff as director of its new Performing Arts Center, currently on track to be completed by the fall of 2022.

Goff, originally from Fredericksburg, Texas, comes to Northwest after serving as a theatre instructor and department chair at his alma mater, McMurry University, in Abilene, Texas. He also served as the artistic and technical director for the McMurry Summer Theatre program. 

“I am excited to have Kerry join our team,” said Jeff Horton, vice president for Administration and Finance. “He has higher education experience at a university as a faculty chair, and has been a director of a performing arts theater. He is a great guy who has already been hard at work planning and researching in preparation of the opening of the Performing Arts Center.”

According to Goff, he was drawn to his new position because of the ability to be involved in a new venture “from the ground up.”

“With brand new facilities, it’s exciting to develop procedure and to develop a season of activity that brings people to campus and the community and impacts people’s lives; not just attendance-wise, but maybe youth camps in the summer that get people on stage,” he said. “My whole life has been very community oriented and trying to make an impact with what those venues can do for communities. ‘Enrich, inspire, educate, entertain’; that’s my mantra.”

In his new role, Goff will be responsible for overall management on site, as well as scheduling and performance season selection.

“I’ve always had a knack for building programs, and this was the ultimate project for me,” he said. “The location is great because it’s close to a larger city, but in a small community. I love the small-town feel.”

Goff holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from McMurry University and a Master of Arts in Theatre, with a focus in Arts Administration, from Rowan University. 

While serving at McMurry, Goff taught an expansive course load of classes, teaching skills such as acting, directing, design, management, and stagecraft. In addition, he directed and designed a multitude of plays and musicals that featured students, alumni and the community at large. He also served on various university committees, including the Fine Arts Advisory Board, Student Appeals and Campus Oversight Committee.

Outside of teaching at McMurry, Goff was the theatre coordinator for Young Audiences of America (Abilene chapter), a theatre instructor for Big Country Home School Educators, UIL One Act Play Adjudicator, and periodically, a stagehand at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene. Goff is the founder and owner of Goff Theatrics, a production company that develops live theatrical presentations.

From 2010-2018, Goff served as artistic and technical director for the acclaimed Fredericksburg Theater Company and instructor for the Freddyburg Youth Theater, a youth theatre group founded by his wife Ashleigh. 

Theatre and performing are family passions for the Goffs. Ashleigh Goff also holds a Bachelor of Fine arts in Theatre, and has a sweeping background in theatre, including as a director and choreographer. The couple’s nine-year-old son Logan recently performed in the Wizard of Oz in Abilene, while the couple’s six-year-old daughter Emery takes dance classes. 

For more information about Fine Arts and other programs at Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.