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 | 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.
TREASURER | STEPHEN GELPI
Stephen relocated from New York to join the Entertainment Department at SeaWorld San Diego where he currently serves as the Show Producer for Dreamworks’ Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation. After studying Music and Theatre at the University of Miami and Musical Theatre Italy, Stephen performed in several productions in New York City and provided voice work for Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Entertainment. Following his work with Celebrity Cruise Line and Walt Disney World Entertainment, Stephen participated in many artistic community outreach programs including Artists Striving to End Poverty, JARADOA Theatre, and the Hope Youth Corps. Active in the production of new works, Stephen partnered with the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s workshop Series, working under the direction of Kathy Lee Gifford and David Friedman. At SeaWorld, Stephen has worked to provide resources for artists through the creation of an audition workshop as well as a collegiate audition program aimed at providing performance opportunities for the students of the Colleges and Universities of Southern California. In addition to his administrative role, he provided musical direction for various Christmas and Halloween projects. He continues to remain active as an AEA performer and was last seen onstage with the Lambs Players Theatre.
BOARD MEMBER | BRYANT HERNANDEZ
Bryant Hernandez has worked in many departments at well known regional theatres in this country. Bryant served as an associate to the artistic director, to the late, Ardelle Striker, at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York City. He served as the literary and artistic associate apprentice for George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, working closely with the artistic director, David Saint, and the former producing director, George Ryan. For La Jolla Playhouse, he served as their development associate. Bryant graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, mentored by Gerald Freedman. Directing credits: NYC: Tricks, Producers Club; Spider Monkeys, John Houseman Studio Theatre. Elsewhere: Logan Heights, by Josefina Lopez, On-Stage Playhouse; Lips Together Teeth Apart, Red Coat, El Jardin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Esperanza Rising, Bridge to Terabithia, San Diego Junior Theatre, Casa Del Prado Theatre; One Last Mass, 6th@Penn Theatre; On the Corner of Art and Solita Street, AASD Actors Festival/ The Lyceum Theatre; Bachelor Moon (starring Nick Mata and Anne Tran); The Peacemaker, George Street Playhouse Education Tour; The Hobbit, Playhouse Merced; Just Around The Corner, APA Studios. Assistant Directed, The Hebrew Bronx School and Sports Book (Starring Dan Lauria and Ralph Macchio), The Blue Heron Theatre, directed by Michael Hillyer. Assistant Directed,The 75th and The Vibrator (Starring Elizabeth Wilson and Tom Aldredge), George Street Playhouse, directed by David Saint; The World Premiere’s The Tortilla Curtain and Sweet Fifteen, new play by Rick Najera, San Diego Repertory Theatre, both directed by Sam Woodhouse.
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.