Staff and Board – Youth Theatre Northwest

Administrative Staff

Mimi Katano, Executive Artistic Director

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1058

Mimi Katano (she/her) came to YTN in October of 1999 as a teaching artist and was named the Artistic Director in July of 2002 and the Executive Artistic Director in September of 2018. Mimi received a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts from Emerson College and a Master's Degree in Child Development from Wheelock College (part of Boston University) both in Boston Massachusetts. Along with various Equity theatre appearances, Mimi was a member of the award-winning Beau Jest Moving Theatre in Boston, where she performed at a number of theatre festivals including South Carolina's Piccolo Spoleto. A Japanese National, Mimi has launched the Japan Project for YTN, and has done a variety of cultural work for organizations such as Seattle Children's Museum and Book-It Repertory Theatre, and co-wrote a play on Japanese-American internment during World War II, Justice at War, which was published in the book And Justice for Some in 2004. She feels so fortunate fo have found an artistic home at YTN.

Cory Southwell, Program Director

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1060

Cory Southwell (he/him) joined the YTN family in 2012 and the YTN staff in 2019. Over his time at YTN he has worn many hats: educator, top hat, stage manager, witch’s hat, prop designer, propeller hat, director, deerstalker cap, production manager, tiara, and now Program Director. Cory graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Theatre Education and is proud to have attended a college with a Quidditch team instead of a football team. Originally from the east coast, Cory has been a Seattle resident for the past decade. In his time in the Pacific Northwest Cory has been a state judge for the Washington State Poetry Out Loud festival, completed the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, and designed props for MoPop. When not working at YTN, Cory can be found building LEGO, painting, or trying to juggle.

Bailey Sipila, Development Director

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1061

Bailey Sipila (she/they) joined YTN as the Development Director in 2022. Bailey was raised in Maple Valley and as been involved in the arts since she was 4, first as a performer and now as a researcher and dedicated supporter. Bailey had many passions growing up and struggled to narrow down their interests in college, so she double majored in Theatre and Chemistry at Linfield University in Oregon. Bailey was never able to leave behind their passion for theatre and further developed her teaching skills after graduating through internships and has loved extending their joy and enthusiasm for theatre to their students. Bailey has performed as Caliban in The Tempest, Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation, and Sophie in Fools. You will often see Bailey on the YTN campus with their husky, Zeppelin, who is always happy to receive a good scratch. Outside of YTN Bailey can be found nurturing her apartment jungle, reading as much mystery and fantasy as she can get her hands on, and being overly competitive when playing board games.

Julia Montagnet, Business Manager

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1055

Julia Montagnet (she/her) has two decades of non-profit accounting and management experience and is excited to bring that knowledge and experience to Youth Theatre Northwest.  Previously, Julia worked as Executive Director for a non-profit in Clallam County that supports people living with Developmental Disabilities.  Before that Julia had a small therapeutic riding facility on Vashon Island and taught riding lessons to children and adults living with disabilities, along with training horses and coaching dressage.  As a teen, Julia was active in high school drama club, took acting classes and was part of an improv team.  Julia attributes that experience to helping her tremendously in her career, using the skills she learned to help her feel comfortable networking with others in her field and public speaking.  In her spare time she likes to paint, write, play piano, hike, kayak, do a variety of crafts that may or may not turn out well, and take care of her menagerie of cats, a dog, a wolf, three sheep, two goats and a very opinionated Shetland pony.  

Mike Lion, Production Associate

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1056

Mike Lion (he/him) is the Administrative Assistant and the coach for the Chaos Theory Improv team. He graduated from Hampshire College where he studied Directing and Immersive Theatre. Mike is a Seattle-based director, actor, and educator. He co-founded Dacha Theatre and regularly directs their devised and immersive productions. Last summer, he travelled to Steamboat Springs, CO to create an original fairytale show for the Great American Laughing Stock Co. His recent Seattle productions include an outdoor immersive adaptation of Peter Pan, a bi-lingual production of The Seagull, and an original translation of the Russian show The Snow Queen. Outside of theatrical enterprises Mike enjoys playing board games and practicing accordion.

Alyssa Maas,  Education Associate

Email:, Direct Line: 206-333-1062

Alyssa Hope Maas (she/her) has been an Administrative Assistant with YTN since September 2021, but her experience with teaching and theatre goes way back. She began dance, piano, and singing at a very young age, and carried that love of performing to college where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre at Central Washington University. Alyssa choreographed and directed various spring musicals with Bothell High School, and she was one of the founders of the annual Broadway Musical Revue featuring talent from the high school, and local junior high and elementary schools in the area. A fellow performer at heart, past roles have included Amneris in Aida, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Meg in Little Women, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Off the stage Alyssa is a freelance baker who enjoys podcasts, D&D, British comedies, and snuggles with her corgi Clarice.

Brian Jackson, Facilities Manager


Brian Jackson (he/him) has been with Youth Theatre Northwest since 2002. As Technical Director, he has designed numerous sets at YTN and oversees technical aspects of all productions. Brian received a BFA in theatre and design at Syracuse University. After graduating college in 1995, he headed on a road trip across the U.S. and fell in love with Seattle. He started freelancing in theatre and has worked with Seattle theaters through the years. His first theaters he worked in were BLT, Northwest Actors Studio, and Theatre Schmeater, where he became Technical Director. He also worked with NWAAT, The Group Theatre, On the Boards, The Bathhouse Theatre, Consolidated Work's "1448", and Seattle Scenic Studios. He was also the Drama Assistant at Seattle Preparatory High School, and designed sets there for ten years.

Support Staff

Kim Douthit, Marketing Associate

Kim (she/her) spent many happy years as a student at YTN before going off and getting her BFA in Theatre Arts and her post-grad in classical acting. Working again at YTN now as an educator, director and on the publicity side has been amazing. In 2018 she was able to take her love of horror and put it to good use by starting Summer of Horror, YTN’s annual horror shorts.

Shawn Linder, Graphic Designer

Shawn (he/him) has been creating show logos and graphics for YTN since 2009. He spent 7 years in Seattle working for Cranium, Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Holland America, and Funko. He now plies his trade from the great state that's round on the ends and high in the middle.

Website photography by: Joe Iano, Mimi Katano, Erika Sheehan, and Trina B. Wright

Board of Directors

Martina Dalton, Chair

Scott Baker

Ellen Blanchard

Michelle Bomberger

Karin Davies

Carina Evens, Secretary

Kelsey Joyce

Malcolm Lawrence

Tom Lofton

Carrie Rolph

Jonathan Shakes

Diane Sloss

Chanya Swartz, Treasurer

Educators, Directors, and Production Artists

Youth Theatre Northwest hires artists and educators of the highest caliber. We also select individuals with the right spirit to inspire and mentor your child's personal development.

Our extended staff of educators, directors, and production design and technical staff bring professional theatrical experience to your children’s lives, with affiliations to theatres, arts organizations, and educational institutions such as Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Jet City Improv, Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Public Schools, Cornish College of the Arts, Live Girls Theatre, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Museum of Pop Culture, Studio East, Copious Love, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Three Dragons Academy, GreenStage, Island Shakespeare Festival, University of Washington, Mägi Ensemble, SecondStory Repertory Theatre, Renton Civic Theatre, Pork Filled Productions, and many others.