Board of Directors


2017 Star Award honoree, SD Performing Arts League.  “The Martian Chronicles” Colony Theater, LA. Various Films, LA. “The Three Penny Opera” and Brecht one-acts plays, The Eureka Theater, San Francisco. Actor and Stage Manager for National Tours, The New Shakespeare Company, San Francisco. “Glory Hallelujah”, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. Training:  American Conservatory Theater (scholarship). Margret Roma NSC. Charles Conrad Film Acting School, Burbank. LA City College Acting program. Diablo Valley College Theater Program, Concord CA. He has a BS in Business Administration from CSULA. Darryl is a Vietnam War Veteran and served as an FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Hospital Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment, the most highly decorated regiment in the Marine Corps




A practicing attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel since 1984 and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 1999, Mr. Gidlund is concerned with the intersection of Shakespeare and the law.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in the Republic of Korea. As a yeoman, he has had long associations with the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, and the local Civil War Round Table. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

                                              CONNIE BOYD, TREASURER

Taught Drama and English for 28 years at San Pasqual High School. Took students to Fullerton, Thespians, Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, and English Speaking Union Shakespeare competitions. They performed in in-classroom presentations of poetry and short scenes. Directed and acted at Patio Playhouse for 33 years.


John Tessmer is a professional actor and director, who holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He spent six seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival between graduate school and moving back to his home town of San Diego in 2001.  John co-founded the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble in 2010 and is the company’s Producing Artistic Director. Regionally and locally, he has performed on many stages. John is an Associate Artist of New Fortune Theatre Company. He has taught for the University of Colorado and the Old Globe Theatre and acted in two-thirds of the Shakespearean canon.

Patricia Elmore Costa


Patricia Elmore Costa is the founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre. Patricia is a professional actor, director, producer, writer and educator of theatre and communication arts. She began her career in Chicago, where she performed with Second City, Old Town Theatre, and Travel Light Theatre. Currently, she is a professor of theatre and communication arts for the San Diego Community College District.

Nathan Agin


Nathan Agin is an audiobook narrator, online marketer/web designer, text coach, and podcast host of The Working Actor’s Journey. Nathan attended USC’s School of Dramatic Arts and trained in classical theatre with The Antaeus Company. He recently relocated to San Diego after 4 years in Chicago and was fairly nomadic before that. Learn more about him and all his projects here.


Student Shakespeare Festival Chair: Lisa Sandie

Honorary Members

  • Prof. Marianne McDonald, Ph.D., MRIA
  • Walter Munk
  • J. Joe Craft
  • Jonathan McMurtry

Advisory Board

Jonathan McMurtry, Old Globe Associate Artist, Beth Accomando, KPBS Critic; Anthony Adams; Richard Baird; Martha Barnette; Karen Carpenter; Kandis Chappell; Jill G. Hall; Antonio “TJ” Johnson; Bonnie Johnston; Welton Jones; Pat Launer; Richard Lederer, Ph.D.; Steve Lipinsky; William A. Nericcio, PhD.; Jenni Prisk; Rosina Reynolds; Rev. Dr. Mikel Taxer

Special Adviser and Writer In Residence: David Wiener


                                        ALEX SANDIE, 1934-2018. FOUNDER

Professional member: Actors Alliance of San Diego

Retired Commercial banker; founding president of several local Scottish organizations, including San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society. Actor in over 40 local productions in local theaters, including Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre.

His contributions to the arts and culture in San Diego have been recognized with awards from the City of San Diego; the Spirit of Bravissimo Award and from San Diego County Office of Education; the Pillar of Leith (Edinburgh) Medal for contributions to Scottish culture in California.