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.
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.
BOARD MEMBER | DAVE RIVAS
Dave Rivas is a native San Diegan. He is an actor, voice over recording artist, writer, director and producer. Dave has performed on stage, on mic and on camera for over 20 years. He is a core producer of Amigos del REP, a Latino based theatre group that promotes Latino plays, playwrights and artists of every kind at San Diego REPertory Theatre. He has also been a board member of Teatro Mascara Magic, which also brings Latino works to the stage. Dave has helped many local artists develop their talents and careers, as well as helping theatrical and artistic groups in San Diego thrive and evolve. Dave is the founder, owner and operator of DaveyBoy Productions, a voice over-actors workshop and recording studio. He designs and engineers sound for theatrical and commercial production. He is the vocal, sound & technical director and co-producer in association with Downstairs Entertainment for podcast radio drama, Rex Rivetter Private Eye. This show is a weekly detective noir show set in 1950’s Los Angeles. The podcast features the vocal talents of local San Diego actors. Dave also works as a fire and paramedic 911 operator for San Diego Fire & Rescue Department. He also serves the community as a volunteer with Border Angels, a human rights and social justice group that raises awareness about immigration and United States/Mexico border issues. Dave also serves on the board of directors with Border Angels and has written a play, Letters from the Wall based on true stories of those affected by immigration, deportation, separation and loss. Volume one of the book format of Letters from the Wall will be available in stores by 2018.
BOARD MEMBER | MYRA MCWETHY
Favorite theatre roles include: LA original cast & Off-Broadway: Earth Mother in Menopause, The Musical. Lamb’s Players Theatre: Artistic Associate where she appeared in over two dozen productions. LaJolla Playhouse: Our Town (Irma), San Diego REP: A Christmas Carol (3 years as Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs. Fezziwig). Welk Resort: Fiddler On The Roof (Yente), Funny Girl (Mrs. Strakosh). North Coast REP: Auntie Mame (Agnes Gooch). Television favorites: 2 Broke Girls, iCarly, Malcolm In The Middle, Kirby Buckets, The Bill Engvall Show, and on Conan (Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show) as a recurring member in his opening skits. Myra has her master's degree in Critical & Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a master's certificate in Creative Writing from UCLA, and two undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Journalism/Public Relations from Bradley University in her home state of Illinois. She has been on the public relations committee of the San Diego Performing Arts League, ran the San Diego Actors Festival for two years, and was on the AASD board in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Myra is a professional writer, editor, playwright, theatre producer (Chicago, LA, and SD), educator (Kindergarten thru College), wife, mom & happy human! She continues in her role as the Artistic Director of Theatrical Fantastical Productions
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.