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 while earning her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. 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 previous 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. Monique came to Seattle in 2005 from Central Washington, and spent the next four years earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Washington.
Seth McDonald, Marketing Specialist (he/him)
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.
Mariko Nagashima, 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.
Suhailah Waheed, Interim Fundraising Specialist (she/her)
Suhailah who currently lives in Austin, TX hails from the multifaceted cultural hotspot of the American south, Durham, NC. This poet began her fundraising adventure in her youth when she started fundraising for her school and local Masjid. From there, she was drawn to illustrating experiences and possibilities through storytelling and fundraising. This discovery is what led to her mission of backing her community in the most efficient way she could, through access to sustainable funding.
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.
Tia Shekelle, Calendar Coordinator (she/her)
Tia discovered TeenTix upon moving to Seattle in 2017 to attend Cornish College of the Arts as a visual artist. She was a dedicated TeenTix-er, frequently attending $5 arts events until the day she turned 20, and 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.
Catherine Schultz, Programs and Operations Coordinator Intern (she/her)
Catherine Schultz, a Washington and Connecticut native, is a senior Communications and Arts Leadership double major at Seattle University. She joined the TeenTix team as the programs coordinator Intern in January 2021 and is thrilled to continue working towards a mission that she's passionate about. Her journey and passion for people have allowed her to pursue a variety of positions within the past few years. She interned with Curator PR, a boutique lifestyle PR firm, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and with Seattle University's Marketing team. She grew up heavily involved in the performing arts and hopes to help in continuing similar programs for youth that founded her appreciation for the arts.
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.
Naija Mason, Calendar Coordinator Intern (she/her)
Naija came upon the opportunity to become a TeenTix intern through the YMCA. When she found out she could expand her mind and learn more about the arts she was ecstatic and couldn't pass up the offer! Naija is a full time stay at home mom. She used to dance throughout her childhood and loves listening to music. She is most excited about learning more about poetry, art, and theater. She hopes to learn as much as possible and continue to pass on the knowledge and importance of art to young people.
Madison Adams, Fundraising Coordinator Intern (she/her)
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
Director of Marketing, Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
Label Relations, Amazon Music, TeenTix Alumni
Legal Secretary, Baker Hostetler
Managing Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
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
Venture Capitalist, Vintner Capitalist, El Jefe
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
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
Heidi McElrath, Development Director, Seattle Shakespeare Company
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.
Anya S. (she/her) is a 12th grader at Lakeside School, where she sings acapella and writes for the newspaper. She joined the New Guard as a freshman to find a community of teens interested in the arts and has been part of the program ever since. Beyond the New Guard, Anya also serves on the TeenTix Editorial Staff and is the co-founder of The Colorization Collective, an organization that supports teens artists of color.
Ellie F. (she/her) is the Director of Arts and Opportunities Fair for the Leadership Board for 2020-2021! Ellie is a senior at the International Community School, and her favorite thing to do in the sun is eat ice cream!
Sofia V. (she/her) is a senior at Garfield High School. She is the Director of Teeny Awards on the New Guard Leadership Board this year! Sofia plays soccer, wrestles, and is a theatre officer at her high school. She enjoys puzzles, watching tv shows, and spending time with her friends!
Ilah W. (she/they) is a senior at Garfield High School. She is the Director of Outreach on the New Guard Leadership Board this year, and she is very excited to return to the NG this year! Ilah enjoys drawing, reading, and watching movies in her free time, and hopes to learn more about arts leadership with TeenTix this year.