BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Red Magnolia Theatre Company’s Board of Directors boasts a broad base of expertise in theatre production, performance, playwriting, photography, arts management, theatre for young audiences, event coordination, fundraising, non-profit work, legal practice, and professional memberships. Each of our seven members combines her professional experience with her passion for Red Magnolia’s mission to provide an outlet for creative, joyful, and bonding collaboration among women in the arts.
Michele Johnson is an active and dedicated member of the Baton Rouge theatre community and her work over the past decade provides a solid foundation for Red Magnolia’s mission. Past theatre credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore (multiple parts),12 Angry Men Performed by 12 Impassioned Women (Juror 10), Agnes of God (Agnes), You Can’t Take It with You (Alice/Essie), Fool for Love (May), Crimes of the Heart (Babe), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), and Dracula (Lucy). She is a member of the Baton Rouge Woman’s Club and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Michele was moved to create Red Magnolia Theatre Company after she witnessed a deep need in Baton Rouge for a place for women to tell their own stories through collaborative art-making.
administrative vice president
Paula Shreve has been an active community theater member since the age of sixteen. A classically trained singer, she has performed locally as a church soloist, cantor, and recently made her Hartley Vey vocal debut in the Manship Theatre’s Great American Songbook. Paula's theatre credits include August: Osage County (Karen), The Mikado (Peep-Bo), Mary Poppins (Miss Lark), The Sound of Music (Sister Sophia), and12 Angry Men Performed by 12 Impassioned Women (Juror 6). She is a member of the Baton Rouge Paralegal Association, the Louisiana Paralegal Association, Forum 35 and the LA Capitale Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Paula served Theatre Baton Rouge’s Board of Governors as Secretary for three years.
dr. macy jones
artistic vice president
Macy Jones holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History from Louisiana State University. She is an historian, director, dramaturg, and playwright. She has directed productions for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Tartuffe), Louisiana State University Lab Theatre (Smell of the Kill, The Blue Djinn), Off-The-Hyphen Productions (Spark), and Red Magnolia Theatre Company (Love, Loss, and What I Wore). She has served as the dramaturg for Swine Palace (All the Kings Men, Clybourne Park—regional premiere) and LSU Theatre (Dionysus of the Holocaust—world premiere). Her original plays have been performed at local and regional theatre festivals. Macy is a member of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the American Theatre and Drama Society.
Mary Pittman is a retired LSU Administrative Program Specialist. She has been active in the arts community in the Greater Baton Rouge area for more than forty years. Her background includes performance, stage management and production crew for Theatre Baton Rouge, Ascension Community Theatre, Baker Little Theater, Opera Louisiane, Manship Theater, Playmakers of Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. She currently serves on the Ad Hoc Marketing Committee for Opera Louisiane. Mary most recently participated in Red Magnolia Theatre Company’s staged reading of Love, Loss and What I Wore for International Women’s Day.
Teresa Alvarez brings her business and performance acumen to Red Magnolia Theatre Company’s Board of Directors. She is a professional photographer specializing in headshots, family portraits and events. She has worked in the film industry for seven years. Her film credits include Juanita in For Better, For Worse, Ann in Rugaru, Jovita Soledad in Subrosan, and Dolores the Flower Lady in Life on Bourbon. Teresa is also an active presence in Baton Rouge’s local business organizations. She serves on the board for Wine, Women, and Connections and as the treasurer for the LA Capitale Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.
Morgan Kastner has been a long-time theatre supporter beginning her stint in theatre in elementary school. After taking a hiatus to attend Louisiana State University and begin her career at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Morgan is happy to be rejoining the theatre community as a board member-at-large with Red Magnolia Theatre Company. Her most recent theatre credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore (Clothesline Chorus), Love's Labour's Lost (Princess of France), 'Night Mother (Mama), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Our Town (Mrs. Soames).
Additionally, Morgan stays involved in the community as President-Elect of
Forum 225, Baton Rouge's largest young professionals' organization.
Rhonda Zielinski graduated in 1983 with a Bachelors of Music Education from Texas Wesleyan. She worked as Sales Manager for Four Seasons Hotels. She has performed in many operas and musicals throughout her career, including performances in the regional premiere of Les Misérables with Theatre Baton Rouge. Rhonda has served on the Board of Governors for Theatre Baton Rouge. She currently sings in the choir at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.