Donald Mason
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Lyric Theatre, Executive Director

Donald Mason is the Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY. Tasked with directing the historic African American venue into a leading regional arts center, Donald has become an advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity in the Central Kentucky region and beyond. He has become a voice for diversity, inclusion, and equity on a national scale, presenting Breaking Barriers: Diversity in Arts Leadership and Programming at the 41st and 42nd Annual League of Historic American Theatres Conferences in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX, respectively).

Donald serves on the LexArts Board, Picnic with the Pops Commission, Business Volunteers for the Arts, Academies at Bryan Station - StationARTS Chair, EMERGE Conference Steering committee, Projects committee for Leadership Lexington Alumni and co-founder of the Origins Jazz Series. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Lexington program as well as the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange.

He holds a B.S. in Management and Ethics from Asbury University and is an MBA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University, holding a Masters certificate and Modern Musician specialization from Berklee College of Music. Donald also founded and fronted the funk band, Soul Funkin Dangerous as the lead singer/songwriter.

Beyond the arts, Donald is a double boxer dad (Max and Bella), as well as keeper of four turtles (Cannonball, Miles, Mingus and Thelonious), plays Magic: The Gathering competitively and would love to have lunch with Bill Withers.