Monique Courcy, Executive Director (she/her)
Monique first became involved with TeenTix when she served as a program assistant for the Contemporary Performance Cool Kids Club where 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 and has since led the organization through years of youth-driven programmatic growth including the re-launch of the Press Corps, as well as successful expansion efforts of the Pass Program into Pierce County, Washington and Los Angeles, California.
Prior to joining TeenTix, Monique spent 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.
Monique came to Seattle in 2005 from Central Washington, earning a BA in Dance from the University of Washington, followed by MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Seattle Arts & Culture for Anti-Racism, Seattle Music Commission's Youth + Community Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition. Monique grew up on Yakama lands.
Mariko Smithashima, Teen Programs Director (she/her)
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 at TeenTix 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 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, and founded PAPR: Performing Arts PR, which helps local, independent artists promote their work. Mariko grew up on Spokane, Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene), and Kalispel lands.
Ariel Bradler, Bookkeeper (she/her)
Ariel is an accomplished arts administrator and advocate for theatre and the performing arts, leading with a passion for advancing representation in all areas of our sector and creating space within the industry for new voices. She joined the staff of Taproot Theatre Company as the Director of Finance and Operations in 2021 after three successful seasons as the Executive Director of Theatre Puget Sound. Ariel’s passion for youth engagement was fostered during 9 Seasons with Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she left as the Director of Marketing, and is now being channeled through her work as the Operations Specialist for TeenTix and the Board Governance Chair of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre. Ariel came to Seattle from Denver where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver and spent two seasons as an associate company member of Curious Theatre Company. Leading with a lens of organizational strength through anti-racism, collaboration, and open and transparent communication, Ariel’s passion for inclusion and equity in the community has been bolstered with her participation in Leadership for Social Change, a program through artEquity, the inaugural program Building Arts Spaces Equitably (B.A.S.E) through the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and her work with the group, Seattle Theatre Leaders.
Gavin Bradler, Communications Specialist (he/him)
Gavin is excited to join the TeenTix team as the Digital Marketing Intern this year and promote the radical art by young people and for young people. As a participant and board member for 14/48: H.S, he found out about TeenTix and immediately fell in love with the $5 pass program. Inspired by the access that TeenTix has given him, Gavin hopes that his work will extend this access for young people in all Seattle communities. Gavin is also a frequent volunteer for the Sunrise Ballard H.S hub at his school and is dedicated to using his knowledge and strengths as an artist and art-maker to contribute to the cause of justice and equity. Outside of work and school, Gavin loves to thrift, parent his plants, and vibe to loud music with the lights off. Gavin grew up on Duwamish lands.
Madelyn Tanabe, Digital Marketing Coordinator (she/her)
Maddie joined TeenTix in November 2021 as the Digital Marketing Intern and is happy to be working with the team to promote arts access for young people. A high school senior at The Center School, Maddie is a huge advocate for teens in the local arts community. She also works as a youth lead for The Wing Luke Museum’s YouthCAN program, a free after school arts education program for high school students. Maddie works mainly in mixed media, painting, and videography, and her work has been displayed at The Wing Luke Museum, Foundry10 Gallery, and the SPS Naramore Art Show. She is passionate about using art as a platform and has worked with Tsuru for Solidarity and school clubs to discuss messages of social justice and healing. In her free time, you can find Maddie crocheting, taking awkward Instagram photos in public, reading manga, or playing taiko. Maddie grew up on Duwamish and Coast Salish lands
Anna Lund, Teen Programs Specialist (she/her)
Anna joined TeenTix as the Teen Programs Specialist in January 2022. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen as well as a major in Honors Humanities. Anna moved to Seattle in 2018 to work as an actor on Taproot Theatre’s Road Company, traveling to hundreds of schools throughout the Pacific Northwest to perform plays on bullying prevention and social-emotional learning. After one year as a team member and the following year as a Team Leader, Anna transitioned into the role of Education & Outreach Program Coordinator at Taproot, where she still currently works. Anna is passionate about providing equitable, accessible, and excellent arts opportunities to young people and empowering them to find the resources to build their dream future. In her spare time, Anna loves thrifting, cooking, and hosting dinner parties with her kitten Morris and her husband Conrad. Anna grew up on Coast Salish, Cowlitz, Nisqually, and Squaxin lands.
Esther Himmelfarb, Teen Programs Coordinator Intern (she/her)
Esther grew up with the arts, attending performing arts summer camps throughout elementary and middle school and was a part of her high school’s drama department. She enjoys both being on stage and being an audience member. Having joined the TeenTix team in January of 2022, she is excited to join the TeenTix community and help make the arts accessible to young people. Esther currently attends the University of Washington and is planning to major in International Studies. She has worked with other non-profit organizations such as 425 Tutoring as both a tutor and board member. Esther hopes to continue to work with non-profit organizations after graduating. On a rainy day, you can find her reading, at a museum, or going for a run. Esther grew up around the Seattle area on Duwamish lands.
Trinity Oliver, M-TAC Program Coordinator (she/her)
Trinity is thrilled to join the TeenTix team as an intern for Mentorship Program for Teen Artist of Color this winter. She loves what the program is about and how it gives Teen Artists of Color the opportunity to express themselves under a positive light. She graduated from Baylor University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is currently a member of the University of Washington Women’s Basketball team and will soon pursue a master’s degree of her choosing. Trinity is an artist herself and is very passionate about sharing her creativity with the world. She first began painting her junior year in high school as a way to escape her everyday worries of the world and it quickly became a serious hobby. Outside of basketball and art Trinity loves to hang out with friends, watch Netflix and eat all kinds of food. Trinity hopes to one day own an art studio and help promote artist of colors work around her community. Trinity grew up on Wichita lands.
Keri Kellerman, Interim Development Manager (they/them)
Keri is an art maker and advocate who finds joy in collaborating with artists, organizations and horizontal coalitions to create spaces where justice, creativity and community thrive. Keri offers over 25 years of experience in organizational culture, strategy, human resources, finance, fundraising and communications, and strives to bring cultural awareness, cultural humility and ongoing learning to their work. Keri has served as co-leader for Intiman Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, Marin Theatre Company and Whim W'Him during moments of meaningful transformation, and is a practicing community-centric fundraiser. They've also served on several nonprofit boards, and as a core organizer for the Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Effort (SIASE). Born and raised on Nisqually and Squaxin land, Keri stands on the shoulders of the family and community members who've lifted them up on their journey and is grateful for their wisdom, strength and love.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ariel Glassman, President
Founder, Common Great
Thomas Van Doren, Vice President
Director of Systems Engineering, 98point6 Inc.
Cyrus Despres, Treasurer
Director of Planning & Business Intelligence at KEXP
Erica Hudson Gomez, Secretary
Software Development Manager, Google
Admissions & Outreach Adviser in Integrated Social Sciences, University of Washington
Director of Marketing, Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
Paralegal, Folio Law Group PLLC
Program Manager, Inclusive Leadership Strategy, Greatheart Consulting
Managing Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
Robert A. Pearlman, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus, UW Department of Medicine
Venture Capitalist, Vintner Capitalist, El Jefe
New Guard Leadership Board
Natalie Giovi President
Chloe Show, Director of Events
Monet Medeiros, Director of Events
Paige Olson, Director of Outreach
Teen Editorial Staff