Georgetown Palace Theatre Announces New Management Structure and Welcomes New Directors


In a motivational move toward achieving its goal of excellence in both performance and in children’s theatrical education, the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Palace Theatre has made a significant change in its organizational structure. 

Mary Ellen Butler, Artistic Director for the Palace since 2004 and continuing, has accepted an additional challenge from the Palace Board:  to manage most of the operations of the Palace while the Palace finds a Development Director to spearhead the Palace’s fundraising efforts.  The Development Director will lead the capital campaign to add a new education center and performance venue for children – known as the Doug Smith Performance Center.  Ms. Butler, widely considered “The Face of the Palace,” is available to talk with clubs and other organizations about Palace events and goals and will lead fundraising efforts until a Development Director is hired. 

Jonathan Young will continue his excellent work as the Palace’s Director of Education.

The Palace is excited to announce two new members appointed to its Board of Directors:  Ms. Carolyn Holloway and Ms. Jill Leberknight. 

Ms. Holloway, a strong proponent for theatrical education and financial supporter of The Palace for many years, joins the Palace Board with over 60 years of experience in children’s education.  Her experience in theater includes stints in North Carolina, Arkansas, Dallas and Georgetown. 

Ms. Leberknight joins the Palace as a nationally recognized real estate agent.  In addition to being recognized as a five-star agent by Texas Monthly, Ms. Leberknight is also a motivational speaker, actor, singer, and dancer in numerous professional and community theatre companies.  The Palace is lucky and honored for both of them to join the Board of Directors.