AASD's Board of Directors is composed of volunteers from the San Diego acting community and local business people. Their guidance and recommendations help direct the course of the organization. If you are interested in being on the board, please contact us and let us know what talents and skills you would like to share!
CHAIR | KEVIN PATTERSON
Kevin Charles Patterson has established himself in the arts from producing, directing, and/or choreographing local community arts events to large scale Corporate Events. His work has included National Tours from Broadway subscription series to Lincoln Center, and International Tours (including New Zealand, Australia, South America, & the United Kingdom). Mr. Patterson's latest project is our newest venture; the San Diego Fringe Festival, a new platform for artists from around the world to present cutting edge new works in San Diego (largely an effort to help provide our members with an additional platform to perform onstage).
SECRETARY | JONATHAN DUNN-RANKIN
Professional Actor; Has appeared in ten plays at The Old Globe, winning three Atlas Awards for outstanding performances and numerous other productions at Diversionary Theatre, Lamb’s Players, and North Coast Repertory Theatre; Taught Journalism at San Diego State as well as City and Grossmont Colleges; Served five terms as president of the Diversionary Theatre board.
TREASURER | DYLAN MURRAY
Dylan Murray is a writer and business-owner in San Diego. An alum of the SDSU MBA program, he started a Farmers Insurance and Anthem Blue Cross insurance agency in 2011. As a writer, he recently completed two full-length plays and attended the Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency to focus on his novel. Many of San Diego's fantastic volunteer ushers may remember Dylan from his work as a House Manager for Starlight Theatre and North Coast Repertory Theatre.
THEATRE LIASON | JOSHUA CARR
Joshua Carr has produced, directed, musically directed, conducted and performed in over three hundred productions at theatres across the US – here in California at the LA Music Center on Tour, Starlight Musical Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre, The Welk Resort Theatre, San Bernardino CLO, Music Theatre Southern California, Music Theatre West, Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera, Downey Civic Light Opera, The Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Tustin’s Broadway In The Park, and LimonCarr Productions. Also at the Arizona Performing Arts, Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars and many other theatre across the United States. He is proud to have brought such stars to the Welk as Mitzi Gaynor, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Rich Little, Cloris Leachman, Vicki Lawrence, Debby Boone, The Lennon Sisters, Tom Netherton, Guy Hovis and Ralna English, Cathy Rigby and Michael Lerned. Acting credits include Rooster -ANNIE opposite Jo Anne Worley; Eddie Ryan - FUNNY GIRL opposite Stephanie Block; The Scarecrow - THE WIZARD OF OZ; Tony - WEST SIDE STORY (5 productions); Joseph – JOSEPH (6 productions); Will Parker – OKLAHOMA (3 productions); and has received various Award Nominations for his performances as Paul Fontaine in THE DESERT SONG, Jamie Lockhart in ROBBER BRIDEGROOM and for Frederic in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (numerous productions) and for his work as musical director and conductor. Most recently received the San Diego Bravo Award for Best Producer in 2012 from all his many offerings at the Welk Theatre.
ACTORS EQUITY LIASON | ABNER GENECE
Born in Massachusetts, Abner also lived in Ohio and Florida before settling in New York City. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he went on join the resident company of the renowned Jean Cocteau Repertory. While at JCR he appeared in such landmark productions as Othello, The Cherry Orchard, Mother Courage and Her Children, Napoli Milionaria, Tartuffe and Major Barbara. In Los Angeles he appeared in numerous productions, including Malcolm & Eddie, Helter Skelter, The District, Merry Xmas Drake & Josh, Unrest, Better Off Ted, Zeke and Luther, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Harry’s Law. On the regional stage, he appeared in classical productions at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, was nominated for an Ovation Award for How Kintu Became a Man, and won NAACP Theatre and Maddy awards for Levy Lee Simon's For The Love of Freedom, Pt.1 & 2, and Othello, respectively. He also played the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a popular production of Jeff Stetson's The Meeting.
This season will mark Abner’s San Diego stage debut in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. Adapted by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly), it is the first co-production between Moxie Theatre and Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. Abner lives with wife Darlene and their son Jayden in the North County area of San Diego. He is honored to serve as a board member of Actors Alliance of San Diego; and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. He also serves as Area Liaison for Actors' Equity Association. AbnerGenece.com.
FUNDRAISING/EVENT COORDINATOR | MATTHEW STARKEY
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ALL CITY AUDITION COORDINATOR | KATHERINE BRECKA
Katherine Brecka is a professional actor who has returned to San Diego after living for many years in New York City. She is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Meisner technique through the Gately/Poole Studio in New York City. Her credits include principle work on TV's "Sex & the City" as well as stage work at The Schoolhouse Theatre in New York and Chrysalis Theatre in Los Angeles. She is currently a returning student at UCSD and will graduate this June with a B.A. in History. Her most recent acting work was as Mollie Brown (as in "The Unsinkable") for the Titanic Exhibit at San Diego's Natural History Museum last summer - a job which came as a direct result of Actors' Alliance. She is proud and honored to be on the Board of Actors Alliance in San Diego and wholeheartedly supports the benefits that Actors Alliance offers to the community of actors here in San Diego.
MARKETING COORDINATOR | KATHERINE HARROFF
Katherine Harroff came to San Diego after obtaining her MFA from Arizona State University in Performance (with an emphasis in Theatre Education, Playwriting, Directing, and Acting). She has completed extensive training with the SITI Company in Saratoga, NY and is a certified educator in the Viewpoint/Suzuki methods. She has written over 20 produced Theatre and Film projects that have been staged in Arizona and California. She is the founding Artistic Director and Head Playwright for the San Diego Community-Based Theatre Company Circle Circle dot dot for whom she has written and produced The Break-Up/Break-Down, Ragnarok, The Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, Street. Art. Prophets, and San Diego, I Love You. She recently worked with the Playwrights Project of San Diego in developing their 'Telling Stories' program that works with members of the foster care system on creating plays from their life stories with the help of Drama Therapy and Theatre for Social Change. Katherine has directed, taught, and acted in the professional Theatre world happily for over 15 years.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
MARC OVERTON -- In a 40-year career that has repeatedly crossed disciplinary boundaries, Marcus Overton has been an actor, stage director (for both theatre and opera), teacher and coach, as well an internationally-respected arts administrator working at the highest levels of the profession. In recent years, he has also made a mark in both radio and television, particularly in a 15-year association with the South Carolina public broadcasting network, for which he has produced and hosted award-winning radio shows and an Emmy Award wining series of television broadcasts. A graduate of Northwestern University's theatre-training program and former Senior Manager for Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution and General Manager of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina.
JENNI PRISK -- Award-winning motivational speaker, communications coach and trainer www.Prisk.com. A native of New Zealand, she holds a Diploma in Adult Teaching and is qualified as a Human Relations and Communications Instructor for the New Zealand Marriage Guidance Council. She also has a Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College of London England. Founder of Voices of Women (VOW), an international forum for peace-minded people, to foster global peace, justice and equality around the world.
SUZANNE OSWALD -- Professional Actor; Over 22 years of executive-level administrative experience; Actor B.A., Theatre and Communications, Ashland College, Ohio.
ERIC POPPICK -- Eric moved to San Diego in 2006 after spending thirty years in Los Angeles, working as an actor and director for stage, television and film His local acting credits include: Golden Boy, Four Dogs and a Bone, New Village Arts, The History Boys, Cygnet Theatre, Morning’s at Seven, North Coast Repertory Theatre, One for the Road, Lyceum Theatre. Eric has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MA in Directing from The State University of New York.