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Boston Court Pasadena

Pasadena, CA   |  www.BostonCourtPasadena.org

Mission

Boston Court creates and nurtures innovative, boundary-pushing art that invokes the power of collective imagination to illuminate our common humanity.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Manuel Prieto

Artistic Director

Ms. Jessica Kubzansky

Main address

PO Box 60187

Pasadena, CA 91116 USA

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Formerly known as

Boston Court Performing Arts Center

EIN

56-2390086

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the high cost of living and production, many performing arts centers program familiar classic works that audiences feel comfortable attending. Few venues are supporting the development of new theatrical and musical work, because ticket sales for these performances are risky and unknown. This has stifled the creation of new works that reflect our modern world, and failed to challenge audiences to face many of the problems facing society today. Developing new, risky, and adventurous work often requires large numbers of artists and extended rehearsal time. This has led to significant impacts in the Los Angeles theatre and music community, including: 1) selection of works with smaller casts and ensembles, resulting in fewer artists hired overall and a dearth work with relevant artistic value or social merit; 2) hiring of non-union artists, which leads to fewer union jobs; 3) increased ticket prices.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Theatre

Each year, Boston Court Pasadena produces a Main Stage theatre season of three plays (approximately 75 performances total), as well as a new play reading festival. Main Stage productions are passionate, artist-driven works that challenge both artists and audience, and urge artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development that is inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

The organization presents 30 - 35 concerts annually in a wide range of styles from classical to jazz to new music, with an emphasis on new work or rarely performed work. Artists are sourced locally and nationally, and provided a venue to experiment with new forms and styles that would not be possible in a larger venue.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Visual Art in the lobby, thematically connected with other music and/or theatre programming.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best New Play 2019

Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each patron who experiences one of our performances is engaging in a moment of community. Our work opens hearts and minds to new ideas and inspires each audience member.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each performance presents high-quality, diverse, thought-provoking music or theatre in an intimate setting.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Despite increasing production costs, Boston Court strives to keep ticket prices low for all audience members, with free or discount tickets for low-income patrons supported by foundation subsidies.

Number of World Premiere Theatrical Productions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Theatre

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Boston Court is dedicated to presenting new plays in a full production as part of our season programming each year, in order to cultivate new work that reflects our modern world.

Total number of works developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Theatre

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Boston Court's New Play Reading Festival workshops new plays each year and presents them in a public reading, to help develop new work and offer real audience feedback.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Boston Court Pasadena seeks to expand the universe of theatrical and musical works by cultivating and supporting new art and artists. BCP also aspires to introduce audiences to the transformative powers of art, nurture new works reflective of our diverse audience and community, and inspire patrons to social awareness and action.

Boston Court Pasadena is the only intimate performing arts center in Pasadena. With a combination of high-quality production elements and intimate performance space, Boston Court can program music and theatre that challenges both artists and audience, and urge artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development that is inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. Concerts are selected to feature Emerging Artists and offer established musicians a forum to explore and innovate within their craft. Visual art exhibitions are included in the lobby, in partnership with engagement and talk-back events to continue the cultural conversation beyond the performance space.

Boston Court Performing Arts Center features two purpose built state-of-the-art performance spaces: the 99-seat Main Stage and the 80-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space. The Main Stage features all of the technical capabilities of a larger facility with the intimacy of a 99-seat theatre. The Branson Performance space is a flexible venue, converting from a standard proscenium stage with tiered seating to a flat-plane space for alternative performance layouts. The space is also acoustically designed to enhance musical performances. With ample free parking and ADA compliant spaces, Boston Court can host multiple high-quality events simultaneously, across different artistic mediums.

Each year, Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) produces more than 100 performances in music and theatre, plus an Emerging Artists Series, a New Play Reading Festival, and rotating visual art exhibitions that complement the themes of the music and theatre programming. Developing new plays and nurturing playwrights forms the core of BCP's theatre programming. Since the founding in 2003, BCP has staged 62 productions, 36 of which have been world premieres.

BCP's music series routinely presents performances in partnership with local musical organizations including Piano Spheres, the Colburn School and the USC Thornton School of Music. The annual Emerging Artists Series provides mentorship and performance opportunities for young vocalists and pianists. BCP has also established partnerships with local high-schools which couples in-school master classes and demonstrations by BCP artists with free concert tickets.

All of BCP's work shares the common goal of fostering dialogue, creating connections, and challenging artists and audiences alike to think and act in new ways about issues facing our community.

BCP has been the recipient of many awards over its 16-year history, including Ovation and Stage Raw Awards. Most recently, BCP received the Polly Warfield Award for an excellent 2017 season by a small to midsize theatre from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and were also awarded the prestigious 2018 National Theatre Company Grant from American Theatre Wing for the second time, one of only ten companies nationwide to receive this award each year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boston Court Pasadena

Board of directors
as of 04/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Edward Rada

Rada & Associates

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Robert Leventer

Los Angeles Superior Court

Term: 2020 -

T'Kaye Eileen

Independent Actress / Theatre Consultant

Z. Clark Branson

Artist (Retired)

Edward Rada

Rada & Associates

Robbin Kelley

Dreamworks Animation

Robert Leventer

Los Angeles Superior Court

Chris Werner

Westmount Asset Management

Walt Cochran-Bond

Attorney (Retired)

Liza Beres

Freelance Pilates Instructor

Sandy Greenstein

Nonprofit & Public Agency Executive (Retired)

Kris Fujita

Takenaka Partners LLC

Jered Gold

ArtCenter College of Design

Joy Veluz

Holistic Educator & Dancer

Nick Vasels

Attorney At Law

Rodney Bolton

Human Resources Consultant

Damaris Montalvo

Icon Media Direct

Robin Green

BGB Productions

Rachel Moore

Yvette Sanchez

Anthony Segall

Arlene Withers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.