Staff

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. For The Theatre @ Boston Court, Jessica has directed the world premiere of Stefanie Zadravec’s Colony Collapse, Luis Alfaro’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (at The Getty Villa), Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch (Rattlestick at the Cherry Lane, NYC), plus World premieres of: EYT, R II (Kubzansky’s three-person adaptation of Richard II), Michael Elyanow’s The Children, Jordan Harrison’s Futura, Laura Schellhardt’s Courting Vampires, Salamone/ McIntyre’s Gulls, Mickey Birnbaum’s Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape #9&32, Van Itallie’s Light, Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender. Plus: Camino Real, and Mother Courage. Elsewhere: South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen, ACT, Portland Center Stage, etc. Recently: Stupid Fucking Bird, Hold These Truths (ACT), Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse), Hamlet (Theatre 150). 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 native of New Hampshire. When not writing bios, blurbs, and tweets for Boston Court, he is busy writing plays. His play HENRY AND THE HIPPOCAMPUS was a semi-finalist for O'Neil Playwrights Conference and a recipient of The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award. WAR PROFITS received the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award. Many of his plays have been read in theaters around Los Angeles, including The Blank, The Road, Drive Theatre, Moving Arts, Open Fist, and The Theatre @ Boston Court. A couple of his short plays have been published in Smith & Kraus “Best Ten-Minute Plays” anthologies. In 2013 Brian wrote a play called TALES FROM TENT CITY about a group of runaway teenagers and he had the opportunity to workshop it with undergrad students at USC, and Rogers State University, as well as at Loyola Marymount as part of their Playwrights Center Stage program. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Brian is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights Union. Click here to contact Brian.



Joel Fullerton / Technical Director

is very excited to be joining the staff of Boston Court Performing Arts Center as Technical Director. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in Drama. Since moving to Los Angeles, Joel has made the transition behind the curtain, first at The Geffen Playhouse and now at Boston Court. While at the Geffen, Joel was the stage supervisor, automation operator, or backstage crew on over a dozen productions. He would like to thank his fiancée Cassandra for all her love and support. 


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.

 

Christine Anatone / Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

 is excited to join the Boston Court creative team. Originally from a small town in Rhode Island, Christine has always loved performance and the theatre. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she performed as an actor and singer in dinner theatres, plays, and musicals and made her West Coast theatrical debut playing Mama in Milestone Theatre’s production of Distracted at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. She earned her B.A. in Visual and Media Arts with a concentration in New Media from Emerson College in Boston and is thrilled for the opportunity to combine two of her passions—theatre and design—into her role at Boston Court.

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.


Mindy M. Schwartz / Legal Counsel



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