Current Board of Directors and Officers, 2020
Gordon L. Gidlund
President; Director of Lectures; Playwright of Mock Trials; Director since 2016
A retired attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for 35 years and previously an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law for 17 years, Mr. Gidlund is naturally concerned with the intersection of the Bard and the law. Inspired by the efforts of Justice Anthony Kennedy, he has written four mock trial scripts subjecting Shakespearean characters to forensic examination. He is an Oxfordian and a signatory of the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt. In his youth, he taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Technology and Marketing; Vice President and Treasurer; Director since 2019
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 relocated to San Diego after four years in Hyde Park, Chicago and was fairly nomadic before that. He also volunteers in SD with Bridge Hospice, visiting patients and singing songs on the ukulele. Learn more about him and all his projects here.
Artistic Director; Director since 2016
John 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
Director of Programming; Director since 2019
Patricia is the founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre now celebrating 34 years of presenting professional, provocative and innovative theatre. Patricia is a professional actor, director, producer, writer and educator of theatre and communication arts. She has directed and acted in projects in San Diego: the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Project, 6 th @ Penn Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Eveoke Theatre, and San Diego Actors Theatre. She created, directed, and performed in five different popular Shakespeare programs for SD City and County Gate programs. Patricia created the Sunday Salon of staged readings and other theatre projects at the La Jolla Riford Library. Recently, she directed a critically acclaimed site-specific production of The Zoo Story.
Director since 2020
Paul has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare, Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, and the poetry of the English renaissance and 17th century in his career as a university teacher. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Humanities grants (Cambridge, 2003, Oxford, 2010), and has served as a Fulbright Scholar (Argentina) and Fulbright Senior Specialist (Finland, Germany, Mexico). In March, he has again been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to advise and lecture at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. For over a decade, he was the drama and film critic for The San Diego Review, winning numerous press awards, including reviews of Old Globe productions of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and As You Like It, as well as films (Richard III, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Director since 2020
Carol has a BA and MA in Dramatic Art and an MFA in Design and Technical Theatre. She has been teaching in the Drama Department at San Diego City College for 20 years, and has worked for/with Lamb’s Players, The Globe, SDSU, UCSD, and Point Loma Nazarene theatre departments, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, and many other local community theatres. While her professional production experience is primarily in costume and makeup design, as a teacher she works with students to analyze dramatic literature as not only a study of the text but as a framework for performance.
Director since 2020
Laura has a BA in Drama from UCSD and has acted locally in San Diego and New York City. She has worked as a paralegal in Family Law. She is a docent at The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park and has been teaching yoga for 17 years. She assisted the San Diego Actors Theatre with their 30th Anniversary Celebration and has acted in their theatrical productions and staged readings. Through the Fine Artists program, Laura taught art at Vista Grande Elementary School in San Diego for 8 years and coordinated the annual students’ art exhibition. Laura also created the “King Lear” program for the Society’s staged reading in 2019 and has participated in the monthly open readings. Laura is currently cataloguing her late father’s original paintings and sculptures for future exhibitions.
Secretary; Director since 2020
Amanda is a Florida native that recently moved to San Diego. She earned her master’s degree from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon and focused her thesis on authenticity in Shakespeare performance. She has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship to study at the Polansky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, New York. She is a high school English teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience and specializes in rigorous literature and writing courses.
Events Coordinator; since 2019
Tim has worked for the US Navy since 2005. He is currently an Intelligence Officer.
Kevin G. Manley
Readings Coordinator; since 2020
Kevin has acted in dozens of San Diego stage and film productions over the past several years. He is a full time math teacher who developed a love of theatre by going to his high school’s productions. This eventually led to becoming the theatre program’s assistant director. He also teachers film production. Kevin is a graduate of Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute. His current passions are reading with SDSS, performing live true story-telling with So Say We All and The New Narrative, and working on short films with his daughters.
Prior Board Members:
- Michael Auer
- Cassidy Bartolomei
- John Bolger
- Connie Boyd
- Natasha Busick
- Pauline Green
- Laurie L. Hill
- Sidney Jacobsen
- Kim Keeline
- Steven Lipinsky
- Wendy Lucas-Meyer
- Terry Miller
- Charles Riendeau
- Alex Sandie (founder)
- Vanessa Schneider
- Marvin Spira
- Patricia Spira
- Jill Steiner
- William Virchis
- Claire White
- Jack Winans
- Darryl Woodson
- Marilyn Zeljeznjak