Cathy Gouge, who has served as the interim manager for the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts since May, has been selected to manage the center, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall has announced.
Prior to May, Gouge had served as the department’s Renaissance Centre specialist since October 2013.
As manager, Gouge will be responsible for scheduling an array of cultural programs and classes at the facility, along with theatrical, music, social and other special events. She will also recruit performers and patrons to use the facility and assist with the promotion of events.
Gouge will supervise one full-time staff person and 10 part-time staff members, and oversee an operating budget of $210,000.
“I am honored to be selected as the manager of the Renaissance Centre,” Gouge said. “The Renaissance Centre is a jewel in our downtown. I’m excited to have this wonderful opportunity to help it realize its amazing potential as a venue that showcases the arts for the benefit and enjoyment of our entire community.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Gouge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Dowling College.
Prior to working at the Renaissance Centre, she was a performing arts teacher at Franklin Academy Middle School from 2008-2013 and a first grade teacher at Franklin Academy Elementary School from 2002-2007.
Gouge is also a co-founder of Forest Moon Theater.
She is married to husband Terry and has one daughter, Bailey Brady.