Danny Feldman (Producing Artistic Director) joins The Playhouse from his former post as the Managing Director/Executive Director at the Labyrinth Theater, a leading Off-Broadway theater company in New York City founded by John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He led the theater to its first Broadway production, the Tony nominated The Motherf**ker With The Hat. He led a strategic effort to cultivate relationships with and engage top artists in the theater and ushered in an expanded play development program. Feldman instituted an audience development plan that resulted in more than doubling the audiences while maintaining one of the youngest and most diverse audiences in New York. He also led an effort to increase contributed income and resolve the organization’s longstanding debt.
Prior to that, Feldman joined Reprise Theatre Company in 2002 as the company’s General Manager before becoming its Managing Director in 2007. While there, he increased artistic programming, created a city-wide festival, launched a concert series featuring lesser known Broadway musicals, and created education program, giving at-risk high school students an introduction to classic American musicals for which he received the California Theater Education Teacher’s Association Award. As an independent producer, Mr. Feldman collaborated with Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi, presenting the World Premiere of bare: a pop opera. bare received the 2001 Los Angeles Ovation Award for “Best Musical – Intimate Theatre” and later was produced Off-Broadway in 2004. The pop opera continues to play to audiences internationally. He also produced the West Coast Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, also directed by Ms. Hanggi, at the Lillian Theatre. Mr. Feldman received his B.A. in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director Emeritus) 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.
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.