Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director) has been Artistic Director of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. Before beginning his tenure at The Playhouse, he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre for four years. He was also a co-founder of the off-Broadway theatre, The Production Company.
Mr. Epps has directed both plays and musicals at many of the country’s major theatres including the Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, and the Goodman Theatre. He conceived the highly acclaimed musicals Play On! and Blues In the Night, which both received Tony Award nominations. He directed productions of both of those shows on Broadway, in London, and at theatres around the world.
Mr. Epps has also had a busy career as a television director, helming episodes of shows such as “Frasier,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Girlfriends” and many others. For more than a decade, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Mr. Epps received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for his efforts and accomplishments at The Pasadena Playhouse. Under his leadership, The Playhouse has earned distinction for productions of artistic excellence, critical and box office success, and highly praised theatrical diversity.
Meredith Min (Interim Managing Director / Director of Finance) Meredith joined the Playhouse staff in March 2014, having recently concluded her tenure at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Meredith has a background in for-profit finance and strategy, having previously worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and a financial analyst for PepsiCo. Having fostered a love of music and theater from a young age, Meredith developed an interest in supporting the financial viability of non-profit performing arts institutions while earning her MBA from Harvard Business School. Meredith also holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Meredith and her husband Warren now live in South Pasadena.
Patty Onagan, (Director of Marketing & Communications) led the campaign for The Playhouse's production of One Night with Janis Joplin, generating historical record-breaking sales of over $1.4 million in total revenue. She was responsible for the launching and branding of Panto at The Playhouse, the theatre's annual holiday production now in its fifth year, in association with producing partners Lythgoe Family Panto. Patty began her career as a press agent at Broadway's not-for-profit Circle In The Square Theatre and later joined Broadway's leading public relations agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown as a senior staff member. She created and oversaw world premiere public relations campaigns for Disney's Broadway productions including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, and King David and was instrumental in the reopening of the historical New Amsterdam Theatre. In 1995, she opened and was the head of Boneau/Bryan-Brown's Los Angeles office, where she continued to oversee Walt Disney Theatrical's domestic productions and to launch Disney's international licensed staged shows. Eventually she worked in-house at Walt Disney Theatrical Productions as Marketing and Communications Manager and also served on The Walt Disney Company's Synergy Committee. She later formed her own full service entertainment marketing and public relations agency in Beverly Hills with clients ranging from theatre to film and televisions studios to record labels. She began representing The Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 before joining the full-time staff as Director of Marketing & Communications in 2009. Ms. Onagan has raised nearly half a million dollars as the producer of benefit concerts supporting the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic in Hollywood, the Clinton Bush Haiti Relief Fund, Save the Children, UNICEF, and the American Red Cross campaigns to support the rebuilding of Japan and relief for the Philippines. She attended Marymount Manhattan College for a B.A. in Communications and has been a guest speaker on theatre at California Institute of the Arts and Emerson University.
Annette Ricchiazzi (Director of Development) Annette is a long-time Pasadena resident who comes to us directly from Los Angeles Unified Preschool (LAUP), an education non-profit based in downtown LA that supports preschool education programs across the city. Before LAUP, Annette worked as fundraiser for USC, holding many roles across the institution including in USC's Special Event Services and as Executive Director of Alumni Relations for USC's School of Engineering. Annette holds a degree in Theatre from USC and spent time in New York City working as an actress early in her professional career.
Joe Witt (Interim Managing Director / General Manager) joined The Pasadena Playhouse's staff in December of 2010 after a decade of producing and managing productions in Los Angeles. His credits include works at The Mark Taper Forum, Club Nokia Live, The Ricardo Montalbán Theater, The Coronet Theatre, The Beverly Canon Theatre, The Henry Fonda Theatre, The Boston Court Theatre, and countless smaller venues. He has directed commercial productions in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Columbus, and has overseen the development and transfer of numerous productions from Los Angeles to Broadway and off-Broadway. His New York production credits include works at The Helen Hayes Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Town Hall, American Place Theatre, Luciel Lortel Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and the original Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Jane Street Theatre. Joe received his MFA in Theater from Columbia University, and his BA from Duke University. He is forever indebted to the endlessly patience of his wife Blythe, considering his many long days and nights at The Playhouse, and is the father of two ridiculously adorable children named Zac and Cecilia, who can often be found getting into serious trouble backstage at The Playhouse.