Staff and Board
Monique Courcy, Executive Director
Monique first became involved with TeenTix when she served as a program assistant for the Contemporary Performance Cool Kids Club while earning her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle U. She was inspired by the depth of access, space for inquisition, and close community that the program nurtured with its teen participants. In October 2016, Monique joined TeenTix as its second Executive Director. She spent the last six years working at TeenTix Arts Partner organization, On the Boards, where she managed Digital Media and OntheBoards.tv, a pioneering project that makes high-definition recordings of contemporary performances accessible to an international audience through streaming and downloads. In this role, Monique expanded the program’s national reach, producing films and developing a video-on-demand platform that now reaches thousands of students at over 100 universities across the globe. OntheBoards.tv has been profiled in the New York Times, and is the winner of a 2015 Arts Entrepreneur Award from Fractured Atlas.
Leah Fishbaugh, Director of Communications
Leah joined TeenTix in 2009 as a work-study intern during her freshman year at Cornish College of the Arts. After 4 dedicated years of stuffing envelopes and managing calendar data, she joined the TeenTix staff as the master of all electronic communications and administrative tasks--moving on to creating and editing blog posts, designing and distributing the weekly newsletter, and running TeenTix's social media platforms. As of 2018, Leah now serves as Director of Communications, where her responsibilities have expanded to partner relations, outreach, usage tracking, and master calendar management (among many other duties)! When she's not glued to her computer, Leah enjoys performing and producing theatre, burlesque, and performance art and is an avid TV and Candy Crush fan. Leah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Cornish.
Caroline Rensel, Director of Development
Caroline discovered TeenTix a tad late in the game, one month shy of her 20th birthday to be exact, but what a glorious last month of teen-hood it was as a result! She couldn't be more jazzed about team TeenTix and telling the world about all the great things TeenTix and TeenTix teens do! After four years at Whitman College earning a degree in theatre arts, she couldn't wait to join the Seattle arts community and promptly became the servant of many masters as an intern at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Prior to this she also interned with Seattle Shakespeare Company and Seattle Children's Theatre and worked as a site manager for Wooden O. Along the way she developed a passion for getting the arts organizations she loves funded and she is so excited to work at an organization that empowers and supports young people. Caroline is also an actor and occasional teaching artist.
Mariko Nagashima, Press Corps Manager
Mariko joined the TeenTix team in February 2018 and is thrilled to be part of a program that provides such incredible arts opportunities for teens. Mariko’s role as the TeenTix Press Corps Manager combines many of her passions into one bright sparkly amazing job: working with teens, promoting arts experiences, and critical arts journalism. Mariko is also a dancer, teacher, writer, and general enthusiast of all things dance related. She moved to Seattle in 2010, after earning a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, and quickly immersed herself in the Seattle dance world. She has performed with numerous local companies including Coriolis Dance and AJnC Dance-Theater. She teaches ballet to children, teens, and adults at several Seattle studios. Mariko was the Editor of SeattleDances, a website focusing on critical dance coverage, from 2010 to 2016. She also currently runs PAPR: Performing Arts PR which helps local, independent artists promote their work.
Tia Shekelle, Calendar Coordinator
Tia discovered TeenTix upon moving to Seattle in 2017 to attend Cornish College of the Arts as a visual artist. As a teen, she is still a dedicated TeenTix-er, frequently attending $5 arts events, though she hopes to continue her engagement with the arts community well beyond her teen years. In February 2018, Tia became part of the TeenTix team as the calendar coordinator. An artist her whole life, she is thrilled to work with another incredible arts organization. Her first encounter with the arts in Seattle came from SubPop Records, after being awarded their 2017 Loser Scholarship. Previously, she volunteered in Bellingham for Make.Shift Art Space and Zine Club Mag.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Bystrom, President
Director of Marketing, Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences & Faculty, Seattle University MFA Arts Leadership
Ariel Glassman, Vice President
Senior Fundraising Specialist, The Ostara Group
Karen Dahl, Acting Treasurer
Thomas Van Doren, Secretary
Director of Systems Engineering, 98point6 Inc.
Director of Campaign Services, The Ostara Group
Label Relations, Amazon Music, TeenTix Alumni
Erica Hudson Gomez
Software Development Manager Lead - SNAP EBT, Amazon
Senior Privacy Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Robert A. Pearlman, MD, MPH
Chief of Ethics Evaluation, VHA National Center for Ethics in Health Care; Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
President: Dan Hudson, Managing Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
Dan has served on the TeenTix Advisory Council since 2017, but has been connected to the organization through running box office and front of house for partner organizations all over Seattle, and has been a passionate advocate of the pass program for year. Dan has been with NFFTY in varying capacities since 2015, and is happy to be stepping into a larger role as Festival Manager for NFFTY 2018. Most recently he was with Shunpike, an arts service organization that provides opportunities and support to arts of all disciplines and backgrounds, and helped launch the inaugural ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium. A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, he has over seven years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits in Seattle. He primarily has worked with theatre and film organizations—including Intiman, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, NFFTY, and Scarecrow Video—in a variety of marketing, development, and operations roles. His uniting passion is the arts’ transformative ability to build empathy, and using the arts to build a more equitable and just society. In his spare time he programs the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle's University District, where his programming was profiled in March 2018 by The Stranger.
Vice President: Laura Valiente, Product Designer, The Boeing Company, TeenTix Alumni, Press Corps Graduate
Alethea Alexander, Pre-Doctoral Lecturer in Dance, University of Washington
Molly Gillette, Special Events Officer, Seattle Symphony
Andre Gougisha, Legal Secretary, Baker Hostetler
Natalie Gray, Residential Solar Operations Associate, Omnidian Inc. TeenTix Alumni
Lindsay Hastings, Annual Giving Officer, Treehouse
Clare Hatlo, Associate Producer, On the Boards
Teresa Rende Johnson, Senior Marketing Manager, A Contemporary Theatre
Ella Mahler, Fundraising Specialist, The Ostara Group
Ben McCarthy, Executive Director, Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Heidi McElrath, Development Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company
Gaebriel Min, Visual Designer, TeenTix Alumni, New Guard Graduate
Jeffery Osborn, Owner, work/ethic
Amelia Peacock, ACTLab Marketing Manager, ACT Theatre
Pete Rush, Arts Program Manager for Seattle Center Productions; co-TeenTix Program Manager from 2008 - 2013
NEW GUARD: TEEN ARTS LEADERSHIP SOCIETY - LEADERSHIP BOARD
The New Guard Leadership Board attend TeenTix Board and Advisory Council meetings, and have a strong voice in the organizational decision-making. Read more about The New Guard here.
Isabel Schmidt, New Guard President
Isabel is currently a junior at Garfield High School. She joined The New Guard to find people who shared her passion for the arts, to spread the magic of TeenTix, and to inspire the world with creative art. Isabel loves to be surrounded by deep thinkers/philosophers, and considers herself to be somewhat of an 18th century English romantic. She is a budding artist who is artistically interested in writing, crafts, pressed leaves, and colors, but mostly delights in being blown away by the wonders of visual art, spending hours at museums and galleries.
Lark Abbot, New Guard Vice President
Tova Gaster, New Guard Director of Outreach
Tova is a freshman at Garfield High School. TeenTix has inspired her to grow as both a consumer of art and an artist, and she is excited to be a part of the New Guard! She likes using her TeenTix pass to see theater and visit museums, and loves the community and opportunity TeenTix creates. She enjoys reading, cats, rainy days, and doodling.
Neha Gupta, New Guard Director of Partners
Neha is a sophomore at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland. She has always been enamored by the arts and what they have to offer. She joined The New Guard in 2016 to interact with other teens who share her interests in the art and to gain a foothold in the art world of Seattle. In addition, she is a member of Bellevue Art Museum’s Teen Art Council, a writer for her school’s newspaper, and an avid volunteer at TeenFeed. She spends much of her free time in the kitchen, whipping up anything and everything for her online baking business – Get and Give NW.
Anya Shukla, New Guard Director of Teeny Awards
Anya is a 9th grader at Lakeside High School. She's new to the New Guard this year and joined to find other teens who love the arts just as much as she does. She likes using her TeenTix pass to see shows at PNB, Jet City Improv, or the Fifth Avenue. In her spare time, she can be found dancing, reading, or eating ice cream.
Alex Kerr, New Guard Director of Events