Leadership

Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director
 

HOWARD SHALWITZ has been the visionary force behind Woolly Mammoth for 37 seasons. Under his leadership, Woolly has grown from a tiny alternative theatre to one of the most influential creators of provocative new theatre in America. Howard was the recipient of the 2014 Margo Jones Award in recognition of his lifetime commitment to new American plays, and the 2012 Distinguished Finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award for Outstanding Regional Director.  He received the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director for Clybourne Park, and was nominated for the same award in 2014 for Stupid Fucking Bird. In recent seasons, he directed the premieres of Zombie: The American, Civilization, Fever/Dream, and Big Death and Little Death, along with Baby Screams Miracle, She Stoops to Comedy, Measure for Pleasure, and The Faculty Room. Howard has also directed for other leading American companies including New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Milwaukee Rep. He received his BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and his MA in Teaching from Brown University before launching his career as an actor and director in 1976.


Meghan Pressman, Managing Director
 

MEGHAN PRESSMAN joined Woolly as Managing Director in 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Development for Signature Theatre in New York, a $12 million nonprofit Off-Broadway theatre organization. Prior to joining Signature, she served as Berkeley Rep’s Associate Managing Director as well as the Managing Director for The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. There she oversaw the launch of the program in 2012 and the inaugural summer lab, which hosted over 100 artists working on 13 new projects. Meghan has served numerous other theatre and arts organizations across the country including Yale Repertory Theatre as Associate Managing Director, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences as Co-Founding Managing Director, and at the Chicago Improv Festival as an Associate Producer. She holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a BA from Boston College. At Yale, she was the recipient of the Morris J. Kaplan Award and the Benjamin Mordecai Scholarship, both for recognition in theater management. She is on the National Board for the Theatre Communications Group and was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2016.


Linette S. Hwu, President, Board of Directors
 

LINETTE S. HWU is the Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI). In her current capacity, she functions as SNI’s lead employment lawyer, partnering with a department of over 50 Human Resources professionals to support SNI’s business worldwide, and also leads the effort to establish SNI’s worldwide ethics and compliance program.

Previously, Ms. Hwu led the Business Affairs team at Travel Channel in the negotiation and management of the network’s programming and talent deals and business relationships with its production companies and talent. In early 2010, following her work on the December 2009 acquisition of Travel Channel by SNI, she co-chaired Travel Channel’s integration into the Scripps Networks. 

Ms. Hwu has been honored by CableFAX as one of the cable industry’s Women on the Move (April 2009) and Most Influential Minorities (September 2010), by NAMIC as one of its 2010 Luminaries, and by the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) as an Emerging Leader (October 2012). She is currently serving on the Alumni Committee of the Board for WICT Washington DC/Baltimore and as Board President at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

Prior to SNI, Ms. Hwu was Vice President, Legal/Commercial Affairs & Operations for Travel Channel Media and Vice President, Legal Affairs for Discovery Communications, Inc. She began her career as an associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hwu graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and German Studies, and received her Juris Doctor with honors from The University of Chicago Law School. She has attended Boston University School of Management’s Pocket MBA for Lawyers program and London Business School’s Accelerated Development Programme, and she is a member of Class 30 of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.  In February 2013, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro.