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.
Alethea Alexander, Teen Publications Specialist
Alethea Alexander joined TeenTix in March of 2021. As a language and cultural critique nerd, and TeenTix Publications Specialist, she loves supporting teens as they hone their writing and professional skills through partnerships with the Seattle Times, Encore Media Group, ArtsFund and others. Alethea is a Seattle-based dance educator and artist, and non-profit staff member at TeenTix and at Phinney Village. In all her work, she prioritizes community engagement, empowering self-awareness and advocacy, practicing bravery and joy, and developing empathy and critical thinking. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Washington, and has taught on faculty at the University of Washington, Whatcom Community College, the Seattle Piano Institute, Velocity Dance Center and for other regional organizations. She also guides all-ages, all-abilities, all-access dance classes through Dance Church®, and performs, researches and collaborates within the greater Seattle dance community and with her long-time creative partner Adele Nickel (TX). Alethea grew up on Coast Salish, Lummi and Nooksack lands.
Ariel Bradler, Operations Specialist (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.
Seth joined TeenTix in October of 2020 as the Digital Marketing Manager with a mission of making art more accessible and relatable via social media for Seattle area teens. As a Seattle native and creative, Seth understands the value that Seattle art institutions have in shaping the youth in the greater King County area. Furthermore, he understands the importance of amplifying teen voices and having their thoughts, stories, and opinions be heard authentically. Seth is also an active musician (pi, songwriter, producer, audio engineer, band manager, music business consultant and more –– pretty much anything music related, he is into it. Outside of social media and music, Seth enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and playing basketball. Seth is excited about all the ways TeenTix can continue to grow and connect with teens over social media. Seth grew up on Duwamish lands.
Gavin Bradler, Marketing Coordinator Intern (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. Gavingrew up on Duwamish lands.
Rayna Mathis, Teen Programs Specialist (she/her)
Rayna joined the TeenTix team in August 2021 as the Teen Programs Specialist. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History. Since moving to Seattle in 2014, Rayna has dedicated herself to Seattle’s arts and culture scene and is forever in awe/gratitude for the community she has found here and the shared commitment to pushing the arts to be more equitable, empowering, and unapologetic. Rayna was awarded The Washington Art Education Association’s 2018 Outstanding New Art Educator of the Year. That same year, she co-presented at national conferences on the following topics: Questioning the Progress: Millennial Women Discuss Gender, Racial Equity, and Inclusivity (American Alliance of Museums) and Career Days: The Un-Sugar-Coated Version of Working in Art Museums (National Art Education Association). Rayna also currently serves on KEXP’s Community Advisory Board and Seattle Music Commission’s Youth + Community Committee. In her spare time, Rayna can be found tending to her Little Library, swing dancing, finding the next jazz show to attend, or desperately trying to save her plants. Rayna grew up on Cowlitz Lands.
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
Label Relations, Amazon Music, TeenTix Alumni
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
Vice President: Laura Valiente
Product Designer, The Boeing Company, TeenTix Alumni, Press Corps Graduate
Special Events Officer, Seattle Symphony
Residential Solar Operations Associate, Omnidian Inc. TeenTix Alumni
Annual Giving Officer, Treehouse
Associate Producer, On the Boards
Teresa Rende Johnson
Senior Marketing Manager, A Contemporary Theatre
Fundraising Specialist, The Ostara Group
Development Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company
ACTLab Marketing Manager, ACT Theatre
Arts Program Manager for Seattle Center Productions; co-TeenTix Program Manager from 2008 - 2013
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