Michael Seel / Executive Director
produced the first seventeen main stage productions for The Theatre @ Boston Court as its Producing Director. In January 2008 he became Executive Director for the organization. Michael is a special event producer/director (directing the last sixteen American Cinema Editors Awards, producing/directing the last five Hollywood Awards, seven Writers Guild of America Awards, as well as events for Bank of America, ABC Television, MTV, and VH1). He is vice president of the board of directors for the Playhouse District Association in Pasadena. Click here to contact Michael.
Jessica Kubzansky / Co-Artistic Director, The Theatre @ Boston Court
has been the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena since its inception. As such, she and her Co-Artistic Director, Michael Michetti, have been responsible for all the artistic content of the theatre. The Theatre @ Boston Court has produced over 40 mainstage productions as well as numerous New Play Festivals and readings, and won countless awards and honors in our 11-year history. Recently we were one of only ten theatres nationwide to be granted a prestigious American Theatre Wing Award. Her most recent production was RII, her own three-person re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s Richard II.
Kubzansky directs a great deal of new work. Recent world premieres include Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch, Michael Elyanow’s The Children, Jordan Harrison’s Futura, Laura Schellhardt’s Courting Vampires, Salamone/McIntyre's Gulls (a musical adaptation of The Seagull), Mickey Birnbaum’s Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Light, Cody Henderson's Cold/Tender (all at The Theatre @ Boston Court); elsewhere, Jen Haley’s Breadcrumbs (Theater 150), Julie Hébert’s Tree ([EST/Inside the Ford]), Bob Clyman's Tranced (Laguna Playhouse), Bryan Davidson’s War Music (Geffen Playhouse and prior to that, The Echo/Playwrights’ Arena at LATC), Tom Jacobson’s The Orange Grove, an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard (Playwrights’ Arena), Salamone/McIntyre’s Moscow (Chekhov Now, NYC, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, etc.), Carol Wolf’s The Thousandth Night with Ron Campbell (around the country and internationally), also, Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts (24th St. Theatre).
Kubzansky is passionate about an eclectic variety of styles of theatre. Other recent work includes: R II (T@BC), James Still’s I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage), Macbeth (Antaeus Company), The 39 Steps (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), Julia Cho’s The Language Archive (East/West Players), Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius (Pasadena Playhouse), Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real and Hare/Brecht's Mother Courage with Camille Saviola (T@BC), The Glass Menagerie, Toys in the Attic, Heartbreak House (The Colony Theatre), Amy's View, The Servant to Two Masters, Loot (International City Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), A Moon for the Misbegotten, Joined at the Head (The Laguna Playhouse), Pirates of Penzance (The Boston Publick), Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum, Burn This (Odyssey Theatre) Lulu (Pacific Resident Theatre), The House of Blue Leaves, The Mandrake (West Coast Ensemble) among many many others.
She is a Shakespeare freak; other favorite productions of the bard include Hamlet with Leo Marks in the title role, The Winter’s Tale (Theater 150), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Measure for Measure (A Noise Within), a mixed Scottish and American site-specific production of Macbeth for the Edinburgh Fringe, Twelfth Night (Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival) etc.
Kubzansky has also had the privilege of developing new work with Bill Cain, Luis Alfaro, Sheila Callaghan, Julia Cho, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Diana Son, Zayd Dohrn, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, David Wiener, Ken Urban, Christina Anderson, and many other astonishing playwrights in many new play development settings, including Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage JAW Festival, South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and NewSCRipts, the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, the Taper Labs, and many others.
Kubzansky teaches graduate playwrights and directors at UCLA, has her MFA in Direction from the California Institute of the Arts, and her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and Harvard. She has received many awards and honors, among them the Los Angeles’ Drama Critics’ Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. Proud member of SDC. Click here to contact Jessica.
Michael Michetti / Co-Artistic Director, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Directed T@BC: Deborah Stein's God Save Gertrude; Jason Grote’s 1001; Carlos Murillo's dark play or stories for boys; Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost: Shadows & Wings; his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray; Sinan Ünel's Pera Palas; Charles L. Mee's Summertime; and Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836. Elsewhere: Hamlet, As You Like It and Don Juan (A Noise Within); Carousel, Man of La Mancha and Li'l Abner (Reprise); Ouroboros (Road Theatre); Anyone Can Whistle (Matrix Theatre); A Life in the Theatre starring Hal Holbrook (Pasadena Playhouse); Edward II (Circle X). He is the recipient of two Ovation Awards and four LADCC Awards. Click here to contact Michael.
Mark Saltzman / Artistic Director, Music @ Boston Court
Mark's interests are as eclectic as his various careers that include writer, producer, director, composer, performer, and Cantor. His musical talents were first cultivated with the cello and piano; followed with a degree in Vocal Performance from UC Irvine. He expanded into writing, directing, and producing for organizations such as the Opera Workshop at UCLA, the USC Thornton School of Music, Cal Arts, the Long Beach Opera, the American Conference of Cantors, and the Los Angeles Opera. Mark has produced the Kol Hashamayim music series for the last decade featuring artists from Israel, Cuba, Africa, USA and South America. Click here to contact Mark.
Hillary Metcalf / Managing Director
is thrilled to be working at Boston Court Performing Arts Center as Managing Director. Hillary has held nonprofit administrative and producing positions with such organizations as Cabrillo Music Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, The Redmoon Theater, and The Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, publisher of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Most recently she served as the Theater Manager and Casting Director for American Girl Place Theater – Los Angeles. Click here to contact Hillary.
Cheryl Rizzo / Production Manager
is thrilled to return full time to Boston Court. After being Boston Court's company manager for the last three years and its managing director for the three years before that, it is very nice to be home. Although she will miss chatting with all the patrons in the lobby, she is excited to be sitting in the dark theatre taking notes once again. Prior to finding Boston Court, Cheryl served as a development associate with the Martin/Stein TV production company, served in the Cultural Programming department at NPR and also assistant company managed on Broadway for the Tony Award Winning, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. When not in said dark theatre, Cheryl is raising her delicious son, Joe, spends buckets of cash on her fantastic dog and cat and occasionally sees her awesome husband, Mike. Click here to contact Cheryl.
Brian Polak / Marketing/Communications Manager
is a transplant from Boston where he was a founding member of the award winning Alarm Clock Theatre Company. When not writing bios, blurbs and tweets for Boston Court, he is busy writing plays. In 2006 he won an Eliot Norton Award as co-writer of PS Page Me Later. His short play Reverse Evolution is published by Smith & Kraus in the anthology Best 10-minute Plays of 2009. He has a short story in the anthology The Commonplace Book of the Weird and embarrassing childhood poetry in Mortified: Love is a Battlefield. Brian's play Underground was recently part of PLAY/ground, Boston Court's New Play Festival. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at the USC School of Theatre.Brian is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights Union. Click here to contact Brian.
Jesse Soto / Technical Director
has worked in almost every aspect of technical theatre since 2002, both in the professional and academic world. He has been a TD, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Prop Master, Master Carpenter and Master Electrician, often performing multiple roles simultaneously. He graduated with a BA in Technical Theatre and Lighting Design from the University of La Verne and has an MA in progress at CSULA. When he's not hanging off the gird, crawling under the deck or just hammering away on on set, he is spending his days with his amazing wife and beautiful daughter.
Jenny Smith / Membership / Operations Coordinator, Boston Court Performing Arts Center
has worked at Boston Court sporadically over the last five years as a props designer on Creation, Alcestis, Se Llama Christina, Stupid Fucking Bird, and The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll. Last year she also stage managed Everything You Touch and is now thrilled to be joining the ranks full time. She grew up in the Iowa cornfields, graduated with a BA in theatre from Tulane University and furthered her theatrical education at Totem Pole Playhouse. Jenny is also the Production Manager for Mutineer Theatre Company and still spends her free time crafting crazy props. She is so grateful for her incredibly supportive fiancé, Jon.
Heather VanderWielen / Development Assistant
is delighted to be working full time at Boston Court. A native of Wisconsin, her first foray into theatre was at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater where she spent three summers studying at their conservatory. She started her professional theatrical career at Peninsula Players Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin where she worked in the box office for three summers. Before moving to LA she worked as an actress in Chicago and as the Administrative Assistant for TimeLine Theatre Company. She received a BA in Theatre from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC and also holds a minor in Spanish.
Emilie Beck / Co-Literary Manager
Emilie's plays have been produced, workshopped, or read at Hartford Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Piven Theatre, Playwright's Theatre, Elephant Theatre, El Portal Theatre, Daedalus Studio, Road Theatre, and the HBO Workspace. She received LA Weekly awards for Best Director and Best Production for "Block Nine" at the Elephant Theatre, and directed the Jeff-Award winning production of "Because They Have No Words" in Chicago, as well as the Ovation-nominated production in LA. She was Associate Manager at Center Theatre Group until 2009, and continued to produce the Sherwood Award Program through 2010. Click here to contact Emilie.
Matthew Quinlan / Literary Associate
recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in Playwriting. His play Georgie Porgie was produced as part of the New Play Festival at UCLA in 2012. His play Religion and Ice Cream was produced by Theater Masters in Aspen, CO and NYC (2011). Wife-Away was presented as part of the Francis Ford Coppola Festival (2011). He has received the 2011 Gilbert Cates Fellowship/Scholarship, the 2012 UCLA Executive Board Award, and the 2013 George Burns and Gracie Allen Scholarship and Fellowship in Comedy.
Eileen T’Kaye / Founding Producing Director
has been acting, producing, and general managing in theatre for 30+ years. Her work has been honored with Ovation, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Weekly, OOBR, Drama-Logue and Garland Awards. Her NY productions have been honored with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award nominations. Ms. T’Kaye most recently appeared as Hucklebee in The Fantasticks at Reprise! and as Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera at International City Theatre. She has performed on the Boston Court mainstage in Gulls, Medea and Summertime. She lives in Los Angeles with her amazing husband David and their three feline kids.
Z. Clark Branson / Founding Director
Raised in Pasadena, Clark is fulfilling a lifelong dream with the creation of Boston Court. He was honored with the Pasadena Art Council’s 2005 Gold Crown Award, for recognition of excellence in and support of the arts. He has produced musical concerts, workshops, world premiere plays and musicals for over 25 years. An artist in his own right, Clark is a painter, a published author and well known for his folk singing and storytelling.