Boston Court Pasadena Announces The 5th Annual Z. Clark Branson Awards Gala Honoring Robbin Kelley

Published : Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 10:59 AM

Boston Court Pasadena will hold their 5th Annual Z. Clark Branson Awards Gala on October 20, 2019 at the Altadena Town & Country Club. The gala,  which benefits Boston Court Pasadena will honor longtime board member Robbin Kelley.

Boston Court Pasadena’s 2020 Bonus Series will be announced at the gala, which will also include musical performances by Brent Crayon (piano),  Susanne Blakeslee (soprano) and Harrison White (tenor).

Tom Jacobson, the Vice-Chair of Boston Court Pasadena’s Board of Directors says of Kelley, “Robbin Kelley has taken a leadership role on the Boston Court Pasadena board of directors for 10 years and been an inspiration in our cultural community for decades. Her legal work at DreamWorks Animation and the Walt Disney Company has supported some of the most exciting films and stageplays of our generation. We are so proud of Robbin’s accomplishments and thrilled to honor her with the 5th Annual Z. Clark Branson Award.”

For more information, please contact Development Manager, Tina Langill at or by calling (626) 683-6884.

About Robbin Kelley (Honoree)

Robbin Kelley’s first memories of seeing theater were at the Civic Light Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with her family. As a child she loved the touring shows visiting Los Angeles, but her life was changed when she saw the original London production of Les Miserables, her favorite musical of all time! She is currently Head of Motion Picture and Television Legal Affairs of DreamWorks Animation. A nine-year veteran of the studio, Ms. Kelley is responsible for and oversees all legal affairs for the studio’s animated motion picture and television projects. To date, DreamWorks Animation has released 37 features films, grossing over 15 billion dollars at the global box-office. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, garnering 25 Emmy® Awards since its inception in 2013. Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, she served as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at The Walt Disney Company. Ms. Kelley was responsible for oversight of the west coast office of business and legal affairs of Disney Theatrical Group, the division responsible for the company’s Broadway, touring and live entertainment offerings. She contributed to numerous productions including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,  The Lion King, AIDA, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Disney Live Family Entertainment (Disney on Ice and Disney Live).

Ms. Kelley is a graduate of Vassar College and received her law degree from Loyola Law School. A member of the California Bar, she discovered Boston Court Pasadena by accident one day while she was visiting the Social Security office next door. She joined the board of directors and is proud to help bring high-quality, affordable theatre and music programs to local audiences.

About Boston Court Pasadena

Located in Pasadena, California, Boston Court Pasadena is nonprofit arts center primarily dedicated to new and original work by living artists.  Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson, Boston Court features a state-of-the-art, intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 80-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for Boston Court’s season of bold, risky theatre and its eclectic, diverse music series. Boston Court is also the home of an annual new play reading festival, an Emerging Artists Series, as well as Art Upfront, a rotating visual arts program. Boston Court is led by an 14-member Board of Directors and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti (Theatre), and Mark Saltzman (Music).

Key funding is provided by Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation, The Colburn Foundation, Lazy L Foundation, Pasadena Arts & Cultural Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, The Amphion Foundation, and the Z. Clark Branson Foundation. The 2019 theatre season is sponsored by the S. Mark Taper Foundation.






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