Uniting communities through art, education and enterprise

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Our Programs


Stage Raw recommends Foreclosure

May 18

Last two weekends, don’t miss it! Stage Raw calls Forclosure a taut penetrating one-act that rivets around a fractured American family and the never-ending battle between philistinism and art. For reservations go to

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Student Showcase this Sunday at MTP!

May 18

Come out to the Melrose Trading Post this Sunday, May 22nd! Fairfax students will be performing from 12:00-1:30 in the Food Court, including Fairfax’s incredible Korean Drumming and our talent show winners!

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Katalyst (@imma_kat_) brings their “People Music” to the Main Stage this Sunday 1:15p-4p. Soul to Jazz, RnB to Hip Hop, there’s never a dull moment with #TheKats

May 15

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Mission & History


Greenway Arts Alliance unites communities through art, education and social enterprise. Through our professional theatre productions, educational programs and the Melrose Trading Post, Greenway builds a vibrant artistic community.


Greenway Arts Alliance is a community-based partnership of professional artists working with the community of Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. Greenway Arts Alliance was founded by professional artists committed to forging a deep connection with the surrounding area including the public school community.


Since its inception, Greenway Arts Alliance has modeled an innovative partnership with the Fairfax High School campus to leverage community resources that connect the professional artistic and public education communities around a commitment to learning and creation in the arts.

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  • Whitney Weston

    Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director

    Whitney Weston Co-founded Greenway Arts Alliance with Pierson Blaetz in 1997. A lifelong activist, Whitney is committed to keeping the arts and community working together. Both within and outside of Greenway, Whitney has produced and performed in numerous shows and has earned recognition from the NAACP, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and the 2011 Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award.

    • Pierson Blaetz

      Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director

      Pierson Blaetz co-founded Greenway Arts Alliance with Whitney Weston in 1997.  He has spent a lifetime integrating the worlds of art and business.  As a social entrepreneur he has founded several businesses, including “Free Time,” a volunteer placement service, and “infoLink,” an information retrieval service.  As an artist, Pierson has produced, directed and performed  in numerous film and theatre projects and has earned recognition from The Drama Circle Critics, NAACP, Garland Awards, LA Weekly and – way back when – The Dramalogue Award for Best Male Performance.  Pierson has been recognized for outstanding service by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, LA City Council, and LAUSD’s School Board and Administrators’ Union.

      • Phloe Pontaoe

        Director of Operations

        Phloe brings over two decades of experience functioning as a key operative in both community-based and corporate spheres, including a wee stint launching US-based partnerships for multi-national film production companies. In addition to her twenty-year history of working in arts education and nonprofit management, Ms. Pontaoe has conned several places of higher arts education into giving her frilly pieces of paper with letters on them. She continues to foment a plan to fake her own death – in order to dodge repayment of the grad school loans which made her prematurely gray in the first place.

        • Jason Bruffy

          Producing Director

          Jason Bruffy is a Producer and Director who has worked from coast to coast: NYC, LA, Chicago and Regionally. Notable positions include: Producing Artistic Director of Know Theatre of Cincinnati (OH), Associate Producer of Soho Rep (NYC), Associate Producer & Resident Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), and the Founder & Producer of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival (OH), as well as many others. Additional companies include: The Claque (NYC), Prospect Hill (Chicago), Florida Studio Theatre (FL), Interact Theatre (Philadelphia), Spoleto Festival (SC), Salt Lake Acting Company (UT), Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (OH), Wayside Theatre (VA). Jason Bruffy is experienced as a Producer, Director and Production Manager for Film, TV, Commercials and New Media. Notable credits include: Seven Lovers (Feature Film), Parker Tribe (Pilot), commercial clients include: Geico, Ruffles, Gillette, NFL, Purina, as well as others. Bruffy has been recognized as a Person of the Year, Arts Leader, 40 under 40 Business Leaders, and 50 people who Shaped the City (Cincinnati OH). Bruffy is also a proud union member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

          • Jeffrey Porter

            Production Supervisor

            Jeffrey Porter is responsible for all technical needs, facilities and information technology for Greenway Court Theatre as well as for other theatre and industrials based in Los Angeles. He has designed a variety of musicals on Theatre Row, trade show booths at the LA Auto Show and NAMM; and a wide variety of corporate events. He designs lighting regularly for several schools around California. He is the Technical Director for Nathalie Gaulthier’s Le Studio, an aerial arts school in Culver City and for the Greenway Court Theatre. Jeffrey has received an NAACP Los Angeles Theatre Award nomination for lighting design, an Ovation nomination for sound design, and in 2015, received a Broadway World San Francisco award for best lighting design.

            • Charles Constantine

              Technical Director


              • Napoleon W. Gladney

                Audience Services Coordinator

                Napoleon W Gladney has a diverse performance and arts management background which spans international tours with dance companies and the Broadway production of “Wicked” to stage managing the mobile opera “Hopscotch” by Los Angeles’ The Industry and creating the position of program, event and marketing coordinator for the Theater at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City. His passion for audience experience, the creation of new work, and diversity within the arts can be seen in his involvement with a wide variety of projects including The 14th Street Y Dance Festival (Producer – NYC), Spandex The Musical (Patron Services – NYC), and The Studio Rubin (Operations Manager – Los Angeles).


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                • Natalie Iturbe

                  Vendor Curator & Marketing Manager

                  has worked for Melrose Trading Post since 2011, identifying and managing over 200 vendors each week. Natalie is a local artist and member of the Los Angeles Art Association, with nearly 10 years of event planning and management experience. She completed the Nonprofit Leadership Development Program at the Center for Nonprofit Management and has trained in community-based social marketing. Natalie grew up in Los Angeles going to flea markets and thrift stores with her family, and she loves the thrill of a “thrifted find.”

                  • J Scott Shonka

                    Operations Manager

                    J Scott has been managing operations for Melrose Trading Post since 2012. His expertise in handling logistics was heightened by his military experience. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he was qualified as Airborne and Ranger for the Army, served in the Gulf War (1991), and received an honorable discharge with the rank as Captain. Currently, he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has acted in numerous film and television projects.

                    • Jessica Valle

                      Vendor Coordinator

                      Jessica started with MTP as a Fairfax High School student in 2007. Over the years, she worked hard to gain more responsibilities and move her way up the ranks to her current full-time position. As the vendor coordinator, Jessica helps new vendors through the booking process and makes sure they are fulfilling the Greenway standards and requirements for selling in the market. Her passion is writing, and she is focused on creating short narratives. Jessica is currently enrolled in a local community college and looks to transfer to a university to study forensic science and creative writing.

                      • Patrick Weinbrecht

                        Vendor Assistant

                        began working for Greenway in 2010, and what started out as a part-time gig has become a labor of love. During the week, he assists Natalie and Jessica with coordinating the massive task of vendor bookings. On Sunday, he handles the logistics of processing stand-by vendors — a challenging, time-sensitive, balancing act with many different variables in play — and also handles online PayPal invoicing for the market. In Natalie’s absence, he serve as a back-up vendor manager. His professional experience includes over 15 years in account management, customer service and sales, plus 10 years in accounting and bookkeeping.


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                        • Nijeul X. Porter

                          Director of Student Programs

                          A cultural organizer, educator, and producer with the wholehearted belief that art is at the tipping point for social change—Nijeul is always excited about opportunities to facilitate the intersections of art, education, and community. Nijeul has worked within education programming at number of non profit organizations including artEquity, Center Theatre Group, The Pasadena Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and others between Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Washington, DC. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Management from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Howard University.

                          • Camila Lacques-Zapien

                            Student Programs Coordinator

                            Camila was born and raised in Los Angeles and is committed to local community organizing, youth empowerment and arts education thanks to her passion for social justice and artistic expression. Camila worked extensively with youth starting at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA and through community outreach efforts within student organizations while completing her undergraduate studies at UCLA. Some of the communities that Camila has served in Los Angeles include migrant, English learning and low-income youth. Camila has worked as a Residential Advisor with youth in Berkeley, CA and taught English in a community school in Santiago, Chile. Camila is a bilingual poet, writer and admirer of Motown and opera.


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                            • Chair

                              Molly Miles

                              Marketing & Sales, Immersive Marketing

                            • Secretary

                              Sarah Starr

                              Consultant and Professor Emeritus, USC

                            • Treasurer

                              Mario Padilla

                              Professor, Santa Monica College

                            Supporters & Partners

                            Current Funders

                            • California Arts Council
                            • City of West Hollywood
                            • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
                            • Earl B. Gilmore Foundation
                            • Los Angeles County Arts Commission
                            • Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
                            • National Endowment for the Arts
                            • The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
                            • Grandpoint Bank
                            • Wells Fargo Bank
                            • The David Geffen Foundation
                            • The Flourish Foundation

                            Friends of Greenway

                            • The Actors Studio
                            • James Starr
                            • Lisa Blake Richards
                            • Mike Himelstein
                            • Stephen Mendillo
                            • Steve and Laura Mayer
                            • Wilson Fitzgerald


                            Greenway Arts Alliance

                            544 N. Fairfax Avenue

                            Los Angeles, CA 90036-1771


                            Tel (323) 655-7679

                            Fax (323) 655-7906