Pasadena Playhouse, the state theater of California, has announced that Erin Baker, MaryLou Boone, Jim McCarthy, Ken McCormick and Anne Rothenberg are joining the board of directors of Pasadena Playhouse, bringing the board to 20 members.
“We are pleased to announce five new board members, each having significant roots in Pasadena and nearby communities. Each of these individuals brings with them an understanding of how vital the arts are in creating an enriched and evolved community, further supporting the mission of the Pasadena Playhouse as we approach our Centennial Celebration,” Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman said in a statement. “Together, these board members have already had significant impact on the region — they help steer the Huntington Library, organize the Pasadena Entrepreneurs’ Mastermind Meetup, lead the Fitzberg Foundation, the Playhouse District Association Board and the Flintridge Prep Board. One is the vice president of Marketing Communications of Pasadena’s own Trader Joe’s, another is the president of Goldstar, the region’s preeminent ticketing service based in Altadena, and another is the manager of an urban planning and development firm in the Playhouse District. They will all contribute to the future success of the Playhouse.”
Baker is a Pasadena native. As a painter with a Studio Art degree from Stanford University, she is a passionate patron of the arts. Baker received her MBA from Claremont Graduate University and is currently the vice president of Marketing Communications for Trader Joe’s and an officer of the Fitzberg Foundation. She is also a member of the Huntington Library, Arts Collections and Botanical Gardens Overseers’ Marketing Committee. Baker resides in Pasadena with husband Jeremy and their two children.
Boone is a collector and philanthropist who has been active in numerous Southern California organizations. Her French ceramics collection was recently on display at LACMA. Her devotion to the Huntington Library culminated in the transformation of the former Henry Huntington carriage house into an exhibit gallery, named The MaryLou & George Boone Gallery. She is a trustee emerita of the Huntington Library.
McCarthy is the co-founder and CEO of Goldstar, a company that sells millions of tickets to millions of people on behalf of more than 5,000 venues and producers each year. An e-commerce veteran,
McCarthy has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and likes to share his knowledge and insight with others. He’s the editor and main contributor to SellingOut.com, a website for live entertainment and arts marketers. He’s the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway, the sold-out annual event dedicated to the question: “What’s the Best Broadway Can Be?” He’s spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. His articles have been in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider. McCarthy studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He’s the organizer of the Pasadena Entrepreneurs’ Mastermind Meetup. McCarthy is also a very active member on the board of directors for Union Station Homeless Services.
McCormick is a longtime Pasadena resident active in civic affairs. He was an investment banker for most of his career, at Kleinwort Benson in London and J.P. Morgan in New York and Los Angeles. He now manages an urban planning and development firm in the Playhouse District. McCormick is currently a member of the Huntington Library Board of Overseers, on which he has served for two decades. McCormick is also a member of the Playhouse District Association Board and the Flintridge Prep Board. He and his wife Tracy were recently honored at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Contemporary History Makers Gala.
Rothenberg has been involved in a wide-range of community activities in the Pasadena area. She is currently chair of the board of trustees at the Huntington Library, where she has been involved in governance since 2001. She is a co-founder of the Westridge School Summer Opportunities Fair, a former member of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a past president of the Showcase House for the Arts.
“As part of our overall plan to reset and elevate the organization, reconstituting the board is a key part of that plan,” Playhouse board chair Brad King said. “Danny [Feldman] and I are committed to building a community-centric organization. We are thrilled with the fact that we have been able to attract such high-quality, connected and respected people to our board. Our goal is to continue to attract high-caliber community members as we look to build the foundation of the organization. We believe this will put the Playhouse on a path to secure another 100 years of great service to our community.”
For more information about Pasadena Playhouse, visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.