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. Email him at MichaelS@bostoncourt.com.
Jessica Kubzansky / Co-Artistic Director
has directed Tennessee Williams' Camino Real, Brecht/Hare's Mother Courage (with Camille Saviola), and many world premieres: 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, and Cody Henderson's Cold/Tender. In addition to developing and directing a great deal of new work, Kubzansky is also an award-winning director working in a wide variety of styles nationally at venues such as South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Aurora, and many others. Recently elsewhere: Hamlet with Leo Marks, Winter's Tale (Theater 150), Mauritius (Pasadena Playhouse), The Glass Menagerie, Toys in the Attic, Heartbreak House (The Colony Theatre), world premieres of Julie Hébert's Tree (EST/[Inside the Ford]), Bryan Davidson's War Music (Geffen Playhouse), Bob Clyman's Tranced (Laguna Playhouse), Salamone/McIntyre's Moscow (Playwrights' Arena/Chekhov Now, NYC), Tom Jacobson's The Orange Grove (Playwrights' Arena), plus Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre), Measure for Measure (A Noise Within), Two Gentleman of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival) and many more. Kubzansky is the recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle's Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.
Michael Michetti / Co-Artistic Director
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.
Mark Saltzman / Artistic Director, Music at the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pete Sauber / Technical Director
is equally happy treading the boards or screwing them down. He has worked in various aspects of technical theater for 10 years, in Mendocino County, the S.F. Bay Area, and Los Angeles. He earned his BA in Technical Theatre from San Francisco State University (3rd generation SFSU), and has worked with the Marin Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre S.F., A Traveling Jewish Theatre, the S.F. Mime Troupe, A Noise Within and the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and with UCLA Live. Pete is also a sketch comedy writer/performer and an Elvis impersonator. Pete would also like to dedicate his work on this show to the memory of his recently departed Great Aunt Ernestine (SFSU ‘36), who first helped him believe in magic.
Joseph McMahon Membership / Operations Coordinator
has finally followed his dreams and left the corporate world behind for the loving embrace of the Arts. Joseph has spent a good part of the last fifteen years involved in theatre, be it on stage or behind the curtains, and decided it was time to really go all in. He is thrilled to be joining Boston Court and looks forward to helping them continue their proud history of high quality, engaging theatre.
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.
Aaron Henne / Co-Literary Manager
has served in dramaturgical capacities for Culture Clash, The Colony Theatre and Center Theatre Group. Aaron was awarded the LA Weekly Award for playwriting for the Odyssey’s Sliding Into Hades. As a writer/director, he has worked with Berkeley’s Central Works, LA Contemporary Dance Company and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. As artistic director of theatre dybbuk, his most recent work was Cave...A Dance for Lilith, which premiered in November 2012. His playwriting process book, You Already Know, is available through Writ Large Press. Aaron is a proud member of the Playwrights Union.
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.