Geoffrey Kershner is the Executive Director at the Academy Center of the Arts (Lynchburg, VA) and the founder of the Endstation Theatre Company. He is the winner of the 2015 Vice Mayor’s Young Adult Award of Excellence (City of Lynchburg) and was named a 2016 “Top 20 under 40” by Lynchburg Business Magazine. Under his leadership, Endstation was the winner of the 2012 Rising Star Award (Virginians for the Arts).
In his time at the Academy Center of the Arts, the organization increased need based scholarships for arts programming by 124%, increased the overall operating budget by 200%, and completed a capital campaign for a historic theatre restoration project which opened its doors in December of 2018. Geoffrey has served on Virginia Commission for the Arts (Area 2, state wide) grant review panels, was a member of the National Arts Strategies’ 2014-2015 Chief Executive Cohort, and completed the Arts and Culture Strategy course through the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies in 2017. Currently is he is a member of the American’s for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council.
In 2016, along with the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and the Small Business Development center, he founded “Create Lynchburg” a conference geared for artists that promotes the arts as a part of the business sector. In 2019, the conference will expand state wide and is now the “Create Virginia” conference. In 2018, along with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, he implemented the “Creative Commerce” program. This program uses the arts as an instructional tool for the business sector.
Geoffrey served as a faculty member at Florida State University, Daytona State College, and Lynchburg College. He earned his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and his MFA from Florida State University.