The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts has named Liz Goad and Melanie Couvillon to lead the organization, with Goad serving as managing director and Couvillon as artistic director.
As co-directors, Goad and Couvillon take the place of Renee Chatelain, who will become the CEO of Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in mid-August.
Goad and Couvillon both have worked at Manship Theatre since 2010 and have played a significant role in the theater’s growth in the last five years.
As the current director of development, Goad, a Baton Rouge native who earned her Master of Arts degree at the University of Denver, has headed the theater’s fundraising efforts, including the annual Red Carpet Gala event and a grants program, which has doubled in size since 2010. Previously, she worked in arts administration at several organizations in Colorado. Goad will participate in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program of 2016.
Prior to her position as the theater’s director of Family Programming, Events and Educational Outreach, Melanie Couvillon was executive director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005 to 2010 and was the first director of the Community School for the Arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from LSU and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She also performed professionally both nationally and internationally from 1996 to 2003.
Couvillon is a 2013 graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program and was named to Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty Under 40.
The appointment and new leadership structure are enthusiastically supported by former executive director Renee Chatelain.
“It has been my privilege to work with the incredible staff at Manship Theatre to build a wonderful community organization that serves as a beacon for visual and performing arts in Baton Rouge,” Chatelain said. “Liz Goad and Melanie Couvillon understand and drive many of the outstanding programs, and I look forward to the bright future for Manship Theatre under their leadership.”
Manship Theatre Board Chairman Jim Ellis said, “On behalf of all of the directors on the Manship Board, we are very excited and lucky to have two leaders with as much talent and such a record of accomplishments as Liz and Melanie. They have demonstrated the deep level of commitment and strategic vision to ensure that Manship’s path forward will be both exciting and meaningful for our patrons. The great times at Manship will be even greater.”
Goad and Couvillon will take their new positions in August.