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.
Austin Sargent, Deputy Director (he/him)
Austin is new to the TeenTix team but is excited to be joining such a passionate and dedicated organization! Coming originally from Columbus, Georgia, Austin is an Arts Administrator, Arts Advocate, and Teaching Artist who has built a career working with and for young people in the Arts.
Austin is a proud Seattle University Alumni, having earned his Master’s of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership and Certificate in Fundraising Leadership. As an Arts Leader, Austin has worked with the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Crux Consulting, Third Way Creative, and most recently as the Program Manager of Speak With Purpose. Before moving to Washington, Austin worked primarily with the Springer Opera House and Springer Theater Academy, as well as being an independent producer and director for the Muddy Water Theatre Project. Austin is committed to the vibrancy and diversity of Seattle’s Arts Ecosystem and spends lots of his free time at Art Galleries, Concerts, Theater Performances, Dance Showcases, and the like. Austin grew up on the Mvskoke and Hitchiti lands.
Ben Swenson-Klatt, Fundraising Manager (they/them)
Ben is filled with joy to be joining the TeenTix team! Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ben is a queer arts administrator/organizer, performing artist, choreographer, producer and arts lover who is passionate about sharing and promoting art for young audiences. They graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Theater and Dance and a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies before moving to Seattle in 2018 as the Development Apprentice at Seattle Rep through the PATP program. They have performed and worked with Tacoma Arts Live, Seattle Rep's Public Works Program, Karin Stevens Dance, Dacha Theatre, Beth Terwilleger, Young Artists Initiative, and the Children's Theatre Company while also presenting original work at the Center for Performing Arts, St. Olaf College, ACDA North-Central Conference, Future Interstates, and at Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, ME. They are a member of Washington Ensemble Theatre (WET) as the Director of Development and a recent Velocity Creative Residency recipient. They are an avid biker, lover of all things coffee/food related, and obsessed with their two cats, Westley and Bao. Ben grew up on the Dakhóta (Dakota) and Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) 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
Gavin is overjoyed at the opportunity to serve other Teens and promote radical art by young people, for young people as the Communications Specialist! 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 an artist, currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at DePaul University. Gavin 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 play DnD until 2 am. Gavin grew up on Duwamish lands.
Huma Ali, Programs Coordinator (Newsroom) (she/her)
Huma Ali is a current student at the University of Washington studying Comparative History of Ideas (CHID). In high school, she was a part of TeenTix programs; involved as a TED, Newsroom writer, and Podcaster. She looks forward to working with the Newsroom this year, as Programs Coordinator, watching as teens build bridges with the local arts!
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
Robert A. Pearlman, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus, UW Department of Medicine
Venture Capitalist, Vintner Capitalist, El Jefe
New Guard Leadership Board
Teen Editorial Staff
(Left to Right) Top: Kyle Gerstel, Aamina Mughal, Disha Cattamanchi
Bottom: Esha Potharaju, Audrey Gray, Yoon Lee