MARIA MANUELA GOYANES, Artistic Director
MARIA MANUELA GOYANES is the Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. Prior to joining Woolly, she served as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater, where she oversaw the day-to-day execution of a full slate of plays and musicals at the Public’s five-theater venue at Astor Place and the Delacorte Theater for Shakespeare in the Park. Earlier in her career at The Public, she managed some of the theater’s most celebrated productions, including Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josephine & I by Cush Jumbo, Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee, Barbecue by Robert O’Hara, and Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.
Maria holds a position on the adjunct faculty of Juilliard and curates the junior year curriculum of the Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU. She has guest lectured at Bard College, Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Juilliard, the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, UCSD, the University of Texas-Austin, and Yale University, among others. Since 2015, Maria has also served as a member of the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. From 2006 to 2008, she co-chaired the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab with Jason Grote, and from 2004 to 2012, Maria was the Executive Producer of 13P.
Maria is a first-generation Latinx-American, born to parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic and Spain. She was raised in Jamaica, Queens, and has a collection of hoop earrings to prove it. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Brown University.
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 theater 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.