Matthew Couvillon of Abbeville is the Spring 2008 College of the Arts Outstanding Graduate.

A Dance major with a 4.0, Couvillon was selected nationally to study with the School at Jacob's Pillow, and has worked extensively choreographing, dancing, and acting in University and community performance groups.

Couvillon is graduating with a perfect 4.0, and has made Dean's List every semester at UL. He was the Department of Performing Arts’ representative for the Student Showcase in the Dean’s 2006-2007 College of the Arts Annual Report. That same year, he was awarded the Marc Breaux Endowed Scholarship for Dance based on his interest in choreography as well as his academic excellence.

A year later, Couvillon received the L. Hill Bonin Jr. Memorial Scholarship through the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. This scholarship allowed him to attend the School at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts where he was one of 25 students selected nationally to study jazz and musical theater dance with some of the world’s top dancers and choreographers.

Currently, Couvillon is a finalist for the American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC program, an intensive on-site program training 35 students interested in furthering their musical theater training as well as learning how to translate academic training into a professional career.

He may also participate in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Observership Program, which offers students the opportunity to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create new productions on Broadway, off-Broadway as well as in leading regional theaters.

At UL, Couvillon is a member of Chi Tau Epsilon, the National Dance Honor Society. He is also a member of the American College Dance Festival Association and has attended Festival for the past three years.

His community service includes volunteering with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Youth Academy. In 2004 and 2005, Couvillon helped more than 100 at-risk children as a dance instructor/choreographer on “Theatre in the Streets” program.

He has also served as choreographer for the Kaplan High School and Forked Island/E. Broussard Beta Clubs. In addition, he choreographed several productions for the Vermilion Players, a summer musical theater program for high school students from Vermilion Parish.

He is currently choreographing Carousel for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lafayette.

For the past four years, Couvillon has participated in State of LA Danse at UL and also An Evening of Dance. He is working on the 2008 production of An Evening of Dance as both a performer and choreographer. Last summer, he choreographed UL's production of Grease, and played the role of Danny.

Upon graduation, Couvillon intends to pursue a career in both dance and choreography, targeting the Broadway stage. In the future, he is also planning to return to school for an advanced degree in choreography, and wants to continue working with elementary and high school students.