Mo`olelo’s Executive Director Named Associate Artistic Director

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments


Seema Sueko’s honors include the 2010 Des McAnuff New Visions Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.

Seema Sueko’s honors include the 2010 Des McAnuff New Visions Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.

Seema Sueka Accepts Pasadena Playhouse Position

The Board of Trustees of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company recently announced that Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director Seema Sueko has accepted the position of associate artistic director of The Pasadena Playhouse. Sueko will assume her new role as of Monday, January 6, 2014.

According to Board President Ilene Hubbs, “We couldn’t be happier for Seema. She has really been a shining star in the local theatre community and we are not surprised that she has been specially selected for this newly created position at The Pasadena Playhouse. We are sorry to see Seema go, but she leaves Mo`olelo healthy and strong and poised for continued success. The board has implemented staff restructuring and will announce a national search for an executive artistic director soon.”

Tom Hall, founder/managing partner of Albert Hall & Associates LLC and past managing director of The Old Globe, also expressed his support for Sueko and Mo`olelo, “It has been my pleasure to know Seema as both an arts leader and a community leader for many years. She is clearly deserving of this opportunity to join The Pasadena Playhouse team led by Sheldon Epps, former associate artistic director at The Old Globe. I have no doubt she will do great things there. But perhaps most important to San Diegans is the fact that Seema has had a leading role in building an exemplary organization in Mo`olelo, leaving it in a strong position to recruit the next generation of leadership that will no doubt continue the company’s extraordinary success well into the future.”

Sueko’s vision has led to Mo`olelo’s steady growth, financial health, and the production of three plays and arts education programs annually. Her honors include the 2010 Des McAnuff New Visions Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, the 2012 NAACP San Diego Branch Lorraine V. Hansberry Performing Arts Award, and Theatre Communication Group’s inaugural Leadership U[niversity] grant funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sheldon Epps, artistic director of The Pasadena Playhouse shared, “I am genuinely thrilled that Seema will be joining us here at The Pasadena Playhouse. Without doubt, she is one of the rising stars of the American theatre field. I have no doubt that this new partnership will keep that good energy going, and in fact I believe that her presence here will help to lead us to ever increasing theatrical vibrancy and new levels of artistry.”

Sueko’s last day at Mo`olelo will be December 13, 2013. Prior to her departure she will plan the Company’s 2014 10th anniversary season. Says Sueko, “Though I am transitioning to another organization, my heart will always remain with Mo`olelo and I will continue to support the Company. My decision was made easier knowing what an exceptional staff and board are in place.”

To learn more about Mo`olelo, visit or call (619) 342-7395.

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