Development Associate

Classification: Full-Time (40hrs/week), Non-Exempt
Compensation: $23-25hr DOE, plus employer-paid health and dental insurance, 401K, and generous PTO (paid time off)
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: N/A

Boston Court Pasadena (BCP) is a non-profit performing arts center primarily dedicated to developing and producing adventurous new work, significantly re-envisioned classics, and nurturing both emerging and established artists across all art forms. BCP strives to create art that thrills, engages, moves and sustains people in order to deepen empathy, community, and provoke change. BCP is committed to being an anti-racist organization and continuing its commitment to deepening its equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices across all aspects of the institution, public-facing and internally.

Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson and producing director Eileen T’Kaye, BCP features an intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 70-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for BCP’s season of daring, adventurous theatre and its richly diverse music series. BCP is also the home of an annual New Play Reading Festival, an upcoming new composer initiative, multiple community events and partnerships, as well as rotating visual art exhibits. BCP theatre productions have been seen in New York City, Boston, Houston, and Malibu, and have won countless Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, American Theatre Wing Awards, and many others.

The Development Associate is a dynamic, creative, and organized fundraiser who is passionate about helping Boston Court Pasadena thrive and grow. This position will play a critical role in individual giving and managing day-to-day development operations. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate will support the executive team and the Board of Directors in their solicitation of major gifts, grants, and corporate sponsorships. Responsibilities of this position include management and growth of the annual fund, membership (shared responsibility with marketing), events, and the donor database, identifying and researching major gift and grant opportunities, and proofreading grant materials.

● Implement annual fundraising and stewardship plans, in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors
● Assist the Executive Director with the identification, and cultivation of potential individual, corporate, and foundation gift prospects
● Coordinate the annual fund campaign; implement, test, and evaluate new strategies to improve donor acquisition, retention, upgrades, and stewardship of individual donors
● Create and implement all direct mail fundraising campaigns, including messaging, copy, design, lists, and distribution
● Maintain excellent donor relations and stewardship, with a high level of professionalism and customer service, through correspondence, calls, and gatherings
● Execute weekly donor acknowledgment and recognition for individuals and institutions, including thank you letters, calls, and accurate representation in all printed and virtual materials
● Identify and research major donor prospects and support the board and executive team in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
● Plan and execute fundraising and stewardship events, including the annual gala and donor events, with support from the board and staff
● Serve as staff liaison to the BCP Development Committee, coordinate meetings, and agendas, and help focus the committee on measurable and timely development goals
● Identify and research new grant opportunities, and proofread grant proposals, LOIs, and report
● Maintain the CRM donor database by managing donor data entry, gift entry, and pledge tracking
● Work with the Executive Director to track and reconcile contributed revenue, analyze campaign outcomes, and prepare tracking reports against goals as needed for the Board
● Serve as a critical member of the Boston Court team by staffing performances and functions
● Participate in the broader Pasadena, Los Angeles, and arts communities, serving as a representative of and advocate for the organization and developing relationships to benefit the organization

The ideal candidate will be a personable and dynamic self-starter with the following qualifications:
● Some experience working in development, preferably with a non-profit cultural and/or arts organization
● Strong writing skills including professional experience writing letters, campaign copy, and donor communications
● Demonstrated ability to successfully execute annual giving and membership campaigns
● Passion for non-profit performing arts and cultural institutions
● Fluency with computers and standard software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
● Experience working with database and CRM systems (Audience View a major plus)
● Respect for the confidentiality of donor information and a strong sense of donor ethics
● Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary
● Preferred: Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts and culture community

Send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Manuel Prieto at
manuelp@bostoncourtpasadena.org with “Development Associate application” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If this posting is still up, the job is still available!

Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Boston Court Pasadena to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, marital status, disability or age. Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. This position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.


Open Call: Wednesday, May 1st, 12-5PM and 6-8PM (Dinner break from 5PM-6PM)

A Going Away Party Play
by Keyanna Khatiblou
A World Premiere
Director: James Fowler
Playwright: Keyanna Khatiblou
Casting Director: Julia Flores

Contract: AEA Los Angeles 99-seat Theatre Agreement. Actors are
paid $18.00 per hour. There is no pension and health under this
agreement. 36 hours of rehearsal maximum / one, and occasionally two
days off per week

Dates: Rehearsals begin 8/13/24, previews begin 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/26, 9/27, opening is 9/28/24 and closing is 10/27/24. Performances are a mixture of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday student matinees at 11AM, some Friday nights, and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees, (see posted performance schedule). PLEASE NOTE: There is a possible extension of up to two (2) weeks ending 11/10/24.

Open Call: Wednesday, May 1st 12-5PM and 6-8PM (Dinner break from 5PM-6PM)

You do not need to be AEA to audition nor will AEA actors be given priority. It is first come-first served. Please come to Boston Court to sign up in the lobby to audition. You are also welcome to come to the lobby to sign up for a later time and come back. Doors to the lobby and the sign-up sheet open at 11AM.

Please bring a physical headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.

People at the Open Call will include Jessica Kubzansky (BCP Artistic Director), Margaret Shigeko Starbuck (Associate Artistic Director) and James Fowler (Director of A Going Away Party Play.)

Boston Court Pasadena
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Parking is located behind the building. The parking lot will open at 9am. There is also 1 and 2 hour street parking surrounding Boston Court. Please enter through the front of the building into the lobby.

No email or online submissions. No phone calls. Please email questions to: audition@bostoncourt.com

About the Play:
Mina is throwing a party for her closest friends and for you, the audience. Over the course of the party, the friends play games, reflect on the current American socio-political landscape, and discover truths about the story of Mina’s parents falling in love and staying in love while fleeing the Iranian Revolution. A Going Away Party Play is a celebration of multicultural identities and an exploration of what it means to leave or lose your home country.

About the Characters:
Each actor will play a “present day” character and double as a character from the 1970s timeline. The “present day” characters are written to be a grounded and authentic Greek chorus; they should feel like our friends and neighbors. They are us. All actors who double should know that in this production none of the characters are portrayed as farce, or a comedic interpretation of a culture, but rather they are friends of Mina (Our Lead), portraying her family for the sake of literary and creative connectivity within the construct of the play. No actor should “play old,” or “play Middle Eastern.” Instead, the actor should do their best to portray the modern character with which they identify, and find that same essence in the character they are doubling as. Actors may be asked to do a slight Persian dialect while doubling. ALL ACTORS auditioning for the role of Kate will be asked to do a West Country English dialect while doubling as Caroline.

MINA (20s-30s, Middle Eastern, present day). First generation American. Smart, neurotic, a little gloomy. She’s our protagonist and narrator, retelling the family stories she heard growing up because she can’t get them out of her head. She feels like Cassandra, warning everyone about impending doom and falling empires.

Also plays NILOOFAR (19-23, Middle Eastern, Persian dialect, 1970s). Mina’s aunt. A political activist and student. She is hot-tempered, passionate, sarcastic, funny. She dreams of what Iran could become under a democracy and fights for freedom in her country. She is fearless and optimistic.

KATE (20s-30s, White American, present day). Mina’s close friend. A little ditzy, supportive, kind, clever, and bold. She is here to support her friend.

Also plays CAROLINE (21-25, British, West Country English dialect, 1970s). Mina’s mother. Born in a small farming town in Wiltshire, England, raised in poverty, and seeking adventure. She is practical, gentle, though sometimes thoughtless and naive. She is swept into an unexpected romance, and then a war. She doesn’t know much about Iran before agreeing to move there with her husband, Basir.

RYAN (20s-30s, Middle Eastern, present day). First generation American. He feels guilt about being “average” despite his parents’ sacrifices and high ambitions. He is Mina’s close friend.

Also plays BASIR (23-27, Middle Eastern, Persian dialect, 1970s). Mina’s father. Charismatic, charming, very good looking. A computer engineer raised in Iran who studied in England. He is a chameleon: he gets along with everyone, and he’s the life of the party. He likes Western culture and loves his home country. He is not political. He is romantic, a poet, passionate. Young and overconfident.

DEBBIE (20s-30s, Asian, present day). Mina’s close friend. Blunt, a little serious, grounded. Not afraid of confrontation. She’s the most likely person to call Mina out. Knows how to have fun, though.

Also plays MAMAN BOZORG (50s, Middle Eastern, Persian dialect, 1970s). Niloofar and Basir’s mother and Mina’s grandmother. Raised in a tiny village in Northern Iran, and now lives in Tehran. Traditional, modest, loving. She is less of a literal interpretation of Mina’s grandmother, and more of a memory of matriarchy, ancestry, and very good cooking.

MATEO (20s-30s, Hispanic, identifies as gay/queer, present day). Mina’s close friend. A real, genuine, unashamed romantic. He loves love, and he is not ashamed of it. We should be inspired by him.

Also plays SECURITY OFFICER (any age, Middle Eastern, Persian dialect,1970s). A soldier during a time of martial law in Iran.

Understudies: We will be casting understudies for all roles listed above.

Play Submissions

L.A. New Play Submissions – Open for submissions OCT 1st.

Boston Court Pasadena invites you to submit your scripts during our 2023 open submission window beginning on October 1st, 2023. Submission makes you eligible for consideration to be included in our 2024 Playwrights Group, 2024 New Play Reading Festival, and for future production consideration. The submission window will close on October 31st, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Before submitting your play, we strongly suggest that you visit our website and research the work we do to determine if your script is an appropriate fit for our theater.  CLICK HERE to find more information about our production history.

Submission Guidelines

  • Playwrights must be current residents of the Greater Los Angeles area.
  • Full-length scripts only (70 min. or longer).
  • Plays must need no more than five actors (more roles are fine as long as they can be doubled).
  • We will only accept scripts that have not previously been submitted. No rewrites.
  • One submission per playwright. 
  • Accepting scripts only through Submittable. No snail mail or email.
  • Any submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be read. 

What is a Boston Court Play?

We’re passionate about the heightened, the lyrical, the never-seen-before, the boundary-breaking. We’re drawn to art that excavates the depth of human existence or dances in and out of ineffable wonder. We fall for the imaginative, the impossible, the incandescent. We love the absurd. We swoon for the cerebral. We bow down to heartbreak and humor, especially when we don’t see them coming. Show us the magic of what’s real and the tangibility of what’s ethereal.

If you’re thinking about submitting a “kitchen sink” play, ask yourself: can the sink be personified? Should your unit set explode into an ocean of dreams? Will the audience come away wondering at the mysteries of humanity? If the answers are “yes,” we can’t wait to read your script.



Boston Court Pasadena houses and produces passionate, artist-driven theatre that challenges both artist and audience. Boston Court urges its artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres (classics, musicals and world premieres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development) which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.

For any questions, please email us at literary@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made

Music Submissions

If you’re interested in contacting us about submitting yourself, band, or composition for consideration please email at music@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made. We can’t wait to hear it!

For any questions, please email us at music@bostoncourtpasadena.org call_made