Our Staff

It takes a team of artists, staff members, and board members for Seattle Children's Theatre to thrive each year. We are proud to work with each and every member of our team!

Courtney Sale

Courtney SaleArtistic Director

Courtney Sale joined SCT as AD in August 2016. Previously, she served three years as Associate AD at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). IRT directing credits include Jackie and Me, The Giver, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, The Mousetrap, The Mountaintop, and two iterations of A Christmas Carol. As a director, Courtney has developed plays with New Plays for Young Audiences at NYU/Provincetown Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Write Now, Dorset Theatre Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company’s New Play Summit, New Harmony Project, and the Orchard Project. Her playwright/director collaborations include the works of Steven Dietz, Allison Gregory, Sherry Kramer, MJ Kaufman, Kirk Lynn, Jason Gray Platt, and James Still. Select awards include Indianapolis 40 Under 40, Austin Critic’s Table Award and UT Austin Continuing Fellowship. Courtney has taught at IRT Summer Conservatory for Youth, Summer at Cornish, Temple College and University of Texas at Austin. BFA, Cornish College of the Arts. MFA, University of Texas at Austin.

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 Kevin MalgesiniManaging Director

Kevin Malgesini joined Seattle Children’s Theatre as Managing Director in May 2018. Previously he spent five years at Town Hall Seattle as the Advancement Director where he was responsible for a $27 million capital campaign to preserve their historic home and prepare for the next 100 years of community engagement. In addition, Kevin has served as a trustee on the Board of Intiman Theatre, serving two years as Board President, leading Intiman through strategic planning and the hiring of new Artistic and Executive Directors. He earned a BA at Western Washington University and an MA at The Seattle School of Psychology & Theology.

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Linda J. Hartzell, Artistic Director Emerita

Linda Hartzell served as artistic director of SCT and its Education Programs from 1984 until her retirement in 2016. She received her BA in Education from the University of Washington. She has directed 87 plays for SCT, 56 of which were world premieres, including Little Rock, Goodnight MoonHolesPink and SayStill Life with IrisThe OdysseyAfternoon of the Elves, and The Rememberer. She has also directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman Theatre and SCT’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Syracuse Stage. Ms. Hartzell was formerly on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and she is a former vice president of the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ/USA). She has been honored with the prestigious Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Governor’s Arts Award. She has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In 2017 she was chosen as Theatre Practitioner of the Year by Theatre Communications Group. Linda is currently serving on the Executive Board and the Foundation Board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Artistic & Production:

Jordan Kelly Andrews, Associate Production Manager

Tobias Cullins, ASL Interpreter

Elizabeth “Fried” Friedrich, Properties Shop Manager

Rita Giomi, Artistic Associate

Laura KaravitisProduction Coordinator

Sarah Gordon, Costume Shop Manager

Michael K. Hase, Technical Director

Eric Koch, ATD

Ellie Savidge, Sign Coach

JoAnna Smith, ASL Interpreter

Michael Wellborn, Production Manager

Education Programs:

Meredith Berlin, Arts Based Learning Program Assistant

Laura KnoteAssociate Director of Education, Drama School

Scott KohArts Based Learning Program Manager

Rachel Lee, Education Registrar

Sarah Lloyd, Education Specialist

Tiffany Maltos, Associate Director of Education, Outreach

Johamy Morales, Education Director

Laura Shearer, Education Fellow



Caitlin BellInstitutional Giving Officer

Sofie Klein, Special Projects

Deanne Liu Development Events 

Pin-An Shih, Development Associate

Clare Hausmann Weiand, Director of Development 

Rachel WhalenMajor Gifts Officer


Marketing & Sales

Jose "Jojo" Abaoag, Marketing and Community Partnerships Manager

Heather Gautschi, Communications Manager

Carolyne Holcomb, Director of Sales and Marketing

Marisa Iliakis, Graphic Designer

Carly MungovanDigital Marketing Manager



Eric BischoffIT Administrator

Braden Catt Facility and Rentals Manager 

Trick Danneker, Executive Assistant and Casting Associate

Lesley Fox Finance Director

Tammy Hase, Board Liaison/Volunteer Coordinator

Sue McAllister, Accounting Manager

Kanani Reichlin, Data Operations Manager


Patron Services:

Stephanie Couturier, Patron Services Manager

Karina Garcia, House Manager

Aimee Filippi, Gift Shop Manager

Tammy Hase, Board Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator

Whitley Lewis, Ticket Office Manager, Group and Subscription Sales


Backstage Crew:

Craig Bradshaw, Master Electrician

Mariah Brougher, Lead Sound Engineer

Nick Koester, Lead Electrician

Rose Hope, Stitcher/Crafts Assistant 

Nick Lauris, Master Stage Carpenter

Emily McLaughlin, Wardrobe Assistant

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Lead Dresser

Haley Parks, Lead Dresser

Erin Perona, Wardrobe Master

Joseph Swartz, Master Sound Engineer

Kyle Thompson, Lead Sound Engineer

Alex Trewin, Lead Stagehand 


Properties Shop:

Daphne Maurides, Master Properties Artisan

Todd Peacock-Preston, Lead Properties Artisan


Puppetry Shop:

Annett Mateo, Master Puppet Artisan


Costume Shop:

Laura GirardotMaster Draper

Kelsey McCornack, First Hand

Cheyenne Smith, Master Crafts Artisan


Scenic Shop:

David Baldwin, Scenic Shop Foreman

Jeffrey Cook, Charge Scenic Artist

Zach Danneker, Scenic Carpenter

Clark Sandford, Master Scenic Carpenter

Kevin WilsonAssistant Charge Artist

Stage Management:

Jessica Bomball, Stage Manager

Julianna Brei-Crawley, Stage Manager

Ariel Bui, Production Assistant

Pamela Campi Spee, Stage Manager

Michael John Egan, Stage Manager

Kiera Krieg, Production Assistant

Adrienne MendozaStage Manager

Michael Paul, Stage Manager

Emma Pihl, Production Assistant

Madison Silva, Stage Manager

Elizabeth Stasio, Production Assistant

Claire Stark, Production Assistant

Quy Ton, Production Assistant

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