BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
NAMES KYLE CLAUSEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PASADENA, CA (January 25, 2017)– Following an extensive nationwide search, Boston Court Performing Arts Center Board Chair Sarah Lyding announced today that Mr. Kyle Clausen will join the organization as its Executive Director, bringing dynamic new leadership to the acclaimed Pasadena cultural institution.
“At an important time in Boston Court's history, Kyle joins us with strong leadership skills, experience working for various arts organizations we admire, as well as a personal passion for both music and theatre,” said Lyding. “His vision, business acumen and track record of success are exactly what Boston Court needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and artistically adventurous than our last.”
Clausen said, “I am delighted to assume this leadership role at Boston Court, and work with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky, Michael Michetti, and Mark Saltzman as well as the strong board and staff whose incredible work has made a name for Boston Court over the past 13 years. This is an exciting time in the organization's evolution, and I look forward continuing and building upon the company's commitment to new work and artistic excellence.”
Kyle Clausen currently serves as Director of Marketing and Patron Services at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC), a multi-disciplinary arts center located in Santa Rosa, California that presents a wide-range of performances, innovative education programs, and myriad community events. At LBC, Clausen has been responsible for a substantial increase in both earned and contributed revenue, including the highest levels of ticket sales in the organization's 35-year history. Prior to LBC, Clausen served as Managing Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC), a classical repertory theatre company in residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he oversaw a significant growth in subscriptions, led a reshaping of the company's patron service philosophy, and expanded SSC's programming to Silicon Valley. He has also held positions in marketing with Mixed Blood Theatre and the Children's Theatre Company, both of Minneapolis, and began his career as a pianist and music director with more than 40 theatrical productions to his credit. Clausen holds a degree in Art History and Music from the University of Minnesota.
Clausen's appointment concludes a nationwide search that was launched by the Boston Court Board of Directors in September 2016, in conjunction with KGI Advisors, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm. A search committee was formed, and after a thorough interview process, the board of directors unanimously approved Clausen's appointment in December 2016. Clausen will join Boston Court Performing Arts Center full-time on February 20, 2017.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center's 2017 season begins with The Theatre @ Boston Court's production of Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops (February 18 – March 19), and Music @ Boston Court's Winter Series (February 17 – March 18). More information can be found at BostonCourt.com.
Located in Pasadena, California, and founded in 2003, Boston Court Performing Arts Center is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous in an intimate setting. The 75-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage are state-of-the-art venues for Theatre @ Boston Court and Music @ Boston Court. The Theatre @ Boston Court, led by Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, is currently commencing its 14th Season. The Theatre @ Boston Court has also co-produced productions in New York City, Boston, Houston, and at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California. Concentrating on new work and re-envisioned classics, The Theatre @ Boston Court is the proud recipient of numerous nominations and awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, the Ovations, the NAACP and Stage Raw. Music @ Boston Court, led by Artistic Director Mark Saltzman, provides a unique and intimate opportunity for musicians, performers, and composers to envision, explore, and realize their individual universes of musical expression. With over 30 programmed concerts a year, Music @ Boston Court is a key music presenter in the Los Angeles area. Boston Court Performing Arts Center is also the home of an annual new play festival, as well as Art Upfront, a rotating visual arts program.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Key funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, New Dramatists, The Shubert Foundation, Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Edgerton Foundation, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, Lazy L. Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the Z. Clark Branson Foundation.