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Meet Our Administrators

The unparalleled commitment that GSA has to Kentucky’s next generation of young artists is impassioned all year long through the administration.

The GSA administration invests in Kentucky’s young artists every day in the management of fall prep workshops, the application and audition process, the hiring of summer faculty and staff and multiple alumni showcases and activities.

Based out of Kentucky Performing Arts in Louisville, but with a state-wide focus, GSA Administration is glad to answer any questions you have and address your concerns and ideas about GSA throughout the year.

Nick Covault

Executive Director

(502) 562-0100 x407

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Nick is an alumnus of GSA’s 2002 Vocal Music program. He holds a BM in Vocal Music Performance and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining GSA as Executive Director, he was the Programming & Community Engagement Manager for Kentucky Performing Arts. Nick currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. His professional journey has included participation in the SouthArts Dance Touring Initiative, the Emerging Leader Institute of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Global Fellowship Program of the International Society for the Performing Arts. He was listed as one of Business First of Louisville’s 2016 "Forty Under 40" honorees, and has been named a "Compassion Laureate" by Compassionate Louisville.


Paula O. Lockhart

Associate Director

(502) 562-0100 x409

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Paula is an active theatre artist in the Louisville community. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Wesleyan College in Theatre and Communication and an MFA from The University of Louisville. Prior to joining GSA as the Associate Director, she was the Assistant Manager of Visitor Services at The Muhammad Ali Center. An active educator, she teaches at Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) and Louisville’s only HBCU, Simmons College of Kentucky. Past performance credits include Bowling for Beginners, Streetcar Named Desire, Fences, Polaroid Stories, A Molly Whuppie, Red Riding Hood, and This is Not The Play.

Jessica Graham

Program Manager

(502) 562-0100 x412

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Jessica holds a BA in Theatre with a focus in Performing Arts Administration from Western Kentucky University. Prior to joining GSA, she lived in Austin TX and worked at Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She has worked at various theatre companies in Maine, New York, Tennessee and California. She has also managed many theatre events including South Eastern Theatre Conference, United Professional Theatre Auditions and Kentucky Thespian Festival.

Dean Alan Muir

Alumni Coordinator

(502) 562-0100 x413

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Dean holds his BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and his MS in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport. GSA has been a part of Dean’s life since he attended GSA for Musical Theatre in 2005; he then worked on summer staff from 2009-2011, returned in 2021 as an administrative intern, and is thrilled to join to the program full-time as the GSA Alumni Coordinator. Previous achievements include: 2007 Poetry Out Loud Kentucky State Champion (placed top 12 at nationals), 2006 Governor’s Scholar, and multiple performance credits; his favorite being The Rum Tum Tugger (“Cats”).

Natalie Thompson

Program Coordinator

(502) 562-0100 x408

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Natalie is an alumna of GSA’s 2015 Musical Theatre program and has worked on GSA summer staff both as an RA in 2019 & 2020 and as an administrative intern in June 2022. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Kentucky University, where she also found a passion for stage management and served as President of the Mu Lambda chapter of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society. She is thrilled to be a member of the full-time admin staff as the GSA Program Coordinator to continue supporting the young artists of Kentucky!

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