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Artist Ally Program

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  • Diversionary’s NEW Artist Ally Program allows you to directly impact the lives of our talented artists through a personal sponsorship. The work of Diversionary artists is the lifeblood of our theatre, and their commitment to excellence represents the Diversionary brand. In recognition of the significant role our artists play in the health and well-being of our theatre, it is vital that we honor their contribution.

    As an Artist Ally you will receive these gratifying benefits to accompany your gift:

    • Your Name in the Show Program next to Your Artist’s Name
    • Invitation to First Day of Rehearsal and Meet & Greet
    • 10% Discount on Tickets for your Friends and Family to Your Artist’s production
    • Behind the Scenes Tour of our Theater
    • A signed program by the whole cast, design team, and director
    • Recognition on the show’s page on the Diversionary Website

    Help directly support the artistic work Diversionary accomplishes and show our artists just how much we value their time, commitment and talent. Join us in supporting Diversionary Artists by becoming an Artist Ally today!

    To become an Artist Ally, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Development Associate David Shorey at 619.220.6830 x104 or email david@diversionary.org

     

  • Director Ally $1,500 — Directors are the driving vision behind the entire production. They drive the collaborative process designers and actors, guiding the production to its Opening Night performance. A director is the ultimate storyteller and must be able to balance multiple skills as they analyze text, collaborate on visual elements with designers, and craft the performances of the actors. By becoming a Director Ally, you unite with Diversionary to bring the strongest artistic visionaries to tell our stories.

    Kim Strassburger (Director) Bull in a China Shop
    Kim is excited to be returning to Diversionary Theatre.  Directing credits at Diversionary include A Civil War Christmas and An New BrainKim also served in 2017 as an Artistic Trustee for Diversionary Theatre. Other directing credits include Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (Roustabouts Theatre Company); 8 Songs for a Mad King (2017 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Special Event and 2017 Best of Festival-San Diego International Fringe Festival/Bodhi Tree Productions); Sunday in the Park with George with Glenn Paris (2017 Craig Noel Award-Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Master Class, Passion(2014 Craig Noel Award Nomination-Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Grey Gardens, Gypsy with Claudio Raygoza (2011 Craig Noel Award Nomination-Outstanding Direction of a Musical) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Ion Theatre); Gutenberg, The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company); Seascape(New Village Arts Theatre) and The Woman in Black with Jason Heil (CSU San Marcos). Recent acting credits include The Moors at Diversionary Theatre and The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre (2017 Craig Noel Award-Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play). Kim is a graduate of Catholic University of America, studied at LAMDA, and is a 2014 member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She also teaches Drama at the Coronado School of the Arts.

    Matt Morrow (Director) This Beautiful City, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Morrow is the Executive Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre. Directing credits at Diversionary include the West Coast premieres of Jordan Harrison’s Amazons and Their Men, Christopher Shinn’s Now Or Later and Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love & Sex (Best of 2016, San Diego Union Tribune). Prior to joining Diversionary, Mattwas the Associate Artistic Director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh where he directed the World Premiere of South Side Stories, and the regional debuts of Charles Ives Take Me Home and Tigers Be Still. Matt has developed new work with The Sundance Theatre Lab, the Banff Centre, Page 73, PlayPenn, ACT, and CTG among others.

    Tony Houck (Musical Director, This Beautiful City)

    Tony Houck is reveling at returning to Diversionary.Diversionary: Marry Me A Little; Thrill Me; Bare: a pop opera(Critic’s Circle Nom). Elsewhere: Legally Blonde; The Secret Garden; The Buddy Holly Story; 1940’s Radio Hour; Oklahoma(New Village Arts); The Test(SD Fringe festival winner for Best Musical); Bring It On(SDMT).  Tony is also an accomplished pianist and has played for In The Heights(Southwestern College); Big River, Sylvia(New Village Arts); Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar and Grill, (ion Theatre); Altar Boyz (Diversionary). He also played for B Squared starring Broadway’s Brad Bradley; and the Human Dignity Gala featuring Seth Rudetsky and Andrea Martin. Tony is a graduate of AMDA. He also plays trumpet and french horn. He plays for many auditions around town and does vocal coaching for many of San Diego’s local artists as well as being a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre.  He has also been on stage in some Diversionary favorites like YANK!, Scrooge in Rouge(Craig Noel Award); Harmony, Kansas; and Twist, just to name a few.

    Patrick Marion (Musical Director, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Rosina Reynolds (Director) The Hour of Great Mercy

    Diversionary Theatre: 2.5 Minute Ride; Marriage Bed; Happy Endings are ExtraTwilight of the GoldsBeautiful ThingWrinkles; Another American; Asking and TellingGross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar WildeBreaking The Code; Lot’s Daughters. North Coast Repertory Theatre: The Cocktail Hour; Fallen Angels; Broken Glass; Glorious; Don’t Dress For Dinner; Relatively SpeakingImportance of Being EarnestTravestiesAn American DaughterThe Sum of UsBlithe SpiritCorpseRough CrossingChekov in Yalta.San Diego Repertory Theatre: Bad Dates. Cygnet Theatre: Atwater, Fixin’ to Die. Renaissance Theatre: Caretaker (San Diego Critics Circle Award). Compass Theatre: Three Days of Rain. Fritz Theatre: Vigil. Gaslamp Quarter Theatre: Marvin’s Room.  Founding Artistic Director of Chequamegon Children’s Theatre in Wisconsin, now in our 29th season.

    Anthony Methvin (Director) Significant Other
    Anthony is Artistic Associate at Diversionary Theatre, where he directed the workshop of Who’s That, Gurl? and readings of The Harvest and Wolves. At Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, where he is also Producing Director, he directed Bachelorette, co-directed Abundance and the World Premiere of Tarrytown with Fran Gercke, and, for their Unleashed series, directed a reading of Assistance, and directed and co-adapted readings of Showgirls, Mommie Dearest, and Troll 2. Assistant Director: Buyer & Cellar and Sense & Sensibility (Old Globe), Dogfight (Cygnet), Baby with the Bathwater (Diversionary), and Spring Awakening (Palomar College). Local performances: Bedevere/Ni Knight/Mrs. Galahad/Concorde in Spamalot (Cygnet), Doug in Gutenberg! The Musical! and Lord John in The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance), Roger in A New Brain, Reed in Boys and Girls, and Kent in Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary). Playwright: Bleed Like Me. Education: BFA in Acting from Florida State University. You can follow him on Instagram @anthonymethvin.

  • Actor Ally $1,000 Actors are the heart and soul of any production. Night after night they perform for audiences embodying the emotions, celebrations and struggles of the characters they portray. They often make it look so easy, and we forget about the hours and hours of rehearsal and personal time researching and memorizing lines needed to bring their characters to life. By becoming an Actor Ally, you unite with Diversionary to bring top tier talent to the stage who make you laugh and cry with them.

    Andréa Agosto (Pearl, Bull in a China ShopSponsored by Alan Campbell
    Andréa is an award winning filmmaker (Kansas City Film Fest) and actress (International Model & Talent Association). Ms. Agosto is thankful for each performance opport

    unity. She is excited to return to Diversionary in Bull in a China Shop. Her favorite credits include: The Magic in This Soul (Grant/John), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste (Elizabeth Keckley), Cardboard Piano (Adiel/Ruth), Homos, or Everyone in America (Laila), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), The Best Goodbye (Sabina), Cell (Gwen), You Can’t Take it With You (Rheba), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina), Bare (Tanya), Flyin’ West (Minnie), Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Manyara), Working (Maggie Holmes), Big River (Alice), High School Musical (Taylor), and Grease (Rizzo). www.andreaagosto.com

    Maybelle Covington (Felicity, Bull in a China Shop)
    Maybelle Covington is excited to make her Diversionary Theatre debut this fall. Favorite acting credits: As Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse), 25th Annual Spelling Bee (USD), Tartuffe (USD MFA), Fault of Falling (SD Fringe 2017). Maybelle earned her BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Psychology and is represented by Shamon-Frietas Talent.

    Jo Anne Glover (Woolley, Bull in a China Shop)
    Jo Anne is so excited to be working at Diversionary.  Co-Founder of San Diego’s MOXIE Theatre, she has worked On- and Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and regionally.  In San Diego, she has worked with MOXIE, Cygnet Theatre (resident artist), San Diego Rep, New Village Arts, Intrepid. Some credits include The Revolutionists, The Kid Thing (SDCC Best Actress Nominee), Emilie, Maple & Vine, Hickorydickory, Zoot Suit, Our Town, Or, The Norman Conquests, The Receptionist (SDCC Best Supp. Actress), Summer and Smoke, Expecting Isabel, Drink Me, Rabbit Hole, Bleeding Kansas, Off The Ground, The Listener, Bluebonnet Court, Devil Dog Six, WET, Miss Witherspoon, Dog Act, Limonades Tous les Jours (Patte award, Best Actress), Pulp, Kimberly Akimbo, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Stop Kiss, and Othello. In addition to her work as an actress, she has worked as a producer in New York and Los Angeles.

    Tamara McMillian (Jeannette Marks, Bull in a China Shop)
    Tamara (Jeannette Marks) is absolutely jubilant about her debut at Diversionary! She recently has appeared as Senecca in New Village Arts production of Men On Boats . Other credits include: The Award-Winning Production of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Ion Theatre) Father Comes Home From The Wars (Intrepid Theatre) as well as other favorite credits: A Song For Coretta, Da Kink In My Hair, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Wasn’t Enough. Originally from Monroeville A.L., Tamara received her B.A. in Theatre from Alabama State University and has recently trained in the Ivanna Chubbuck Technique with renown actress (Tasha Smith.) Tamara believes in the transformative power of theatre as a social, political, emotional, mental, spiritual, and humanistic force vital to the health of any society, and selflessly understands her duty as a voice for the voiceless.  Instagram:Tamaramcmill

     

    Kim Heil (Woman 2, This Beautiful City)

    Kim is proud to make her San Diego theatre debut on the Diversionary stage!  She returns to the theatre after a 17-year hiatus, having served as an administrator and producer for The Old Globe and San Diego Junior Theatre, as well as San Diego Repertory Theatre, where she is currently the Associate Producer and Casting Director.  In her previous life as an actor, Kim made many appearances at East West Players and CLO of South Bay Cities, among others.  Kim holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

    Tony Houck (Man 1, This Beautiful City)

    Sponsored by Scott Williford & Grant Reeder

    Tony is reveling at returning to Diversionary.Diversionary: Marry Me A Little; Thrill Me; Bare: a pop opera(Critic’s Circle Nom). Elsewhere: Legally Blonde; The Secret Garden; The Buddy Holly Story; 1940’s Radio Hour; Oklahoma(New Village Arts); The Test(SD Fringe festival winner for Best Musical); Bring It On(SDMT).  Tony is also an accomplished pianist and has played for In The Heights(Southwestern College); Big River, Sylvia(New Village Arts); Lady Day at Emmerson’s Bar and Grill, (ion Theatre); Altar Boyz (Diversionary). He also played for B Squared starring Broadway’s Brad Bradley; and the Human Dignity Gala featuring Seth Rudetsky and Andrea Martin. Tony is a graduate of AMDA. He also plays trumpet and french horn. He plays for many auditions around town and does vocal coaching for many of San Diego’s local artists as well as being a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre.  He has also been on stage in some Diversionary favorites like YANK!, Scrooge in Rouge(Craig Noel Award); Harmony, Kansas; and Twist, just to name a few.

    Jasmine January (Woman 3, This Beautiful City)

    Jasmine is a graduate from the illustrious Howard University where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Her recent credits include Qulili (Blindspot Collective), Avenue Q (NVA), American Idiot (Southwestern College), Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story (Intrepid Theatre Company/NVA), and Father Comes Home from the Wars (Intrepid Theatre Company). She’s also a headliner performer in many The Stars of the Future Cabarets (Leigh Scarritt Productions) and various performances throughout San Diego. She is elated to be making her debut with Diversionary Theater! She thanks her incredible family, friends, and mentor, Miss Leigh Scarritt for always believing in her and pushing her to her excellence. This craft is truly Jasmine’s passion and she can’t ever explain how full her heart throughout this journey. Her mantra: “Live in your truth, be grateful, and expect divine favor.”

    Dana Case (Maggie, The Hour of Great Mercy) is thrilled to be back in the nurturing arms of the Diversionary family, where she was last seen in Ballast. Elsewhere: Orange Julius (MOXIE); Circle Mirror Transformation, Seascape, Death of a Salesman, A Lie of the Mind, The Waverly Gallery, True West, Humble Boy, Be Aggressive, Summer and Smoke, Buried Child (New Village Arts Theatre); Curse of the Starving Class (NVA/Cygnet Theatre) Also, roles at The Old Globe Theatre, Gaslamp Theatre, Sushi, Sierra Repertory Theatre and Project Theatre. Dana earned an MFA in Acting from Cornell University and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

    Patrick Mayuyu (Joseph, The Hour of Great Mercy) is a native San Diegan who is overjoyed to be making his official Diversionary Theatre debut! Recent stage credits: Frank in Melancholy Play (InnerMission), Dr. Parker in Bat Boy (OB Playhouse), Warren in Ordinary Days (InnerMission), Juan in Altar Boyz (Coronado Playhouse), Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew (InnerMission). Also/elsewhere, San Diego REP, ion theatre, SD Asian-American Repertory and OnStage Playhouse. Patrick is a proud company member of InnerMission Productions as well as one of the founding members of MaArte Theatre Collective. A singer, dancer, choreographer and published poet, he serves as a writing and performance coach for So Say We All, as well as a consultant for the San Diego State University Aztec Color Guard. Off stage, Patrick enjoys acting in short films produced by GrooveKo and origami. Infinite love and gratitude to friends and family for their undying support!

    Tom Stephenson (Roger, The Hour of Great Mercy) is a 40 year veteran of the stage. He trained in Great Britain at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, in Michigan. This is his first appearance at Diversionary. As a Resident Artist at Cygnet Theatre Company he has been seen in over 16 productions notably as Hector in The History Boys and Joe Ryan in When the Rain Stops Falling. Annually, Tom performs the role of Scrooge in Cygnet’s production of A Christmas Carol. Among his seven credits with Intrepid Theatre Company are Joe Keller in All My Sons, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Bill in The Quality of Life, and an award-winning performance as the Colonel in the critically acclaimed Father Comes Home from the Wars. At New Village Arts he performed the roles of James in Circle Mirror Transformation and Finbar in The Weir. Tom was awarded Actor of the Year in 2014, by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.

  • AEA Actor Ally $3,000 ­— AEA is the professional union for actors. This union is notoriously difficult to join, and its membership expensive to maintain with annual dues. AEA Actors have a minimum they must be compensated set forth by their union. By becoming an Actor Ally, you unite with Diversionary to bring professional grade standards to our intimate theatre setting.


    Milena Phillips (Dean Welsh, Bull in a China Shop)
    Milena (Sellers) Phillips (Dean Welsh) – is very excited to make her debut with Diversionary Theatre.  She was most recently seen as Old Shady in Men on Boats (New Village Arts) and Sadie Delany in Having Our Say (New Village Arts), for which she was a nominee for Outstanding Lead Performance in a play by the San Diego Critics Circle.  Milena was recognized by the San Diego Critics Circle with the prestigious Craig Noel Award for “Outstanding Ensemble,” in Cygnet Theatre’s  August Wilson Repertory Company of “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II.”  Her credits also include Jaclyn in Rasheeda Speaking (Vantage Theatre), Ruth in the U.S. Premiere of Calendar Girls (Sullivan Players), Two seasons as Dinah in Dixie Swim Club (Different Stages) and she was a nominee for an Aubrey Award from ACT and the Patio Playhouse Award for Major Supporting Actress for her role as Marrell in “This“ (Patio Playhouse). Milena has performed on film and television in numerous roles and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.  Her love for acting is equaled only to her love of children.  She co-founded the Jonathan Sellers & Charlie Keever Foundation established in memory of her son to promote the safety of children through education.  Milena also co-authored and published a book titled, “Always Fly Away, A Children’s Safety Book.”

    Theo Allyn (Woman 1, This Beautiful City)

    Theo is delighted to be making her Diversionary Theatre debut! An actor, writer and improviser, she recently made the cross-country trek from Chicago to Southern California. In Chicago, her work has been seen most recently at Second City and the Goodman Theatre. Regionally Ms. Allyn has worked with City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Bricolage. Training includes the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recent film credits include Progression, written and directed by Sam Turich and Gab Cody. Recent television appearances include Chicago Fire.

    Victor E. Chan (Man 2, This Beautiful City)

    This is Victor’s Diversionary Theatre debut. Regional Credits: (Reprise 2.0) Sweet Charity starring Laura Bell Bundy, (San Diego REP) Evita, In The Heights, The Who’s Tommy, Celebration Of The Lizard (La Jolla Playhouse) Miss You Like Hell, (East West Players) Chess, (Disney Creative Entertainment) Crush in Finding Nemo the Musical (original cast album), Frozen –Live at the Hyperion, (Starlight Theatre) Engineer in Miss Saigon, (American Stage Theatre Co.) Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Show, (SD Opera) Moby Dick.Movies: The Birth Of An Alien, Heart Of Mind, Platypus: The Musical, The Syndicate. TV: The Oscars 2018 (ABC), Bent (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS). Love to his wife Michelle, and sons: Gabriel, Elijah, and Dorian. Proud member of AEA. @VictorEChan

    Michael Louis Cusimano (Man 3, This Beautiful City) is happy to return to Diversionary where he was seen last season in Homos, or Everyone in America and in the staged readings of The Boys in the Band and The Homosexuals. Elsewhere in San Diego: Once, Big Fish, American Rhythm, North of Normal (Lamb’s Players); The Rocky Horror Show, On the Twentieth Century (Cygnet Theatre); Spamalot (Moonlight Amphitheatre). Los Angeles and other SoCal credits: Metamorphoses (Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre); The 39 Steps (Glendale Centre Theatre); Grease (Cabrillo Music Theatre). Michael has also performed in the NYC Fringe and Brooklyn BEAT Festivals, and is a BFA graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

    Andrew Oswald (Ed, The Hour of Great Mercy) Andrew is excited to be returning to the Diversionary Stage where he directed Baby with the Bathwater and he has acted in three different productions; as Hank Hadley (Regrets Only), Jason (Boys and Girls), and as George Tessman (The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler). He has also appeared as Charlie in The Whale and Harry in Company at Cygnet Theatre, and as Carr Gomm in the Elephant Man with Backyard Renaissance. Most recently Andrew completed work as co-director on Backyard Renaissance’s production of Smokefall at La Jolla Playhouse. During his time based in New York City he was co-Artistic Director of Bedtime Sketch Comedy and he has worked nationally at Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, and New Hampshire Shakespeare Festival playing such roles as the Count Orsino, Malvolio, Bottom, and Dromio. He is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

     

  •  Designer Ally $750 A Designer is the visionary behind the physical, lighting and aural world of the play. They collaborate with the director and other designers to form the overall concept for the production and create a brand new design for every Diversionary production. They must balance creativity with practicality as they negotiate the needs of the director, script, and budget. By becoming a Designer Ally, you unite with Diversionary to support high quality production values that transport the audience into the story being told.


    Ron Logan (Scenic Designer, Bull in a China Shop) is designing his fourth show at Diversionary Theatre. Previous Scenic Design: Akeelah and the Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre); Art, Little Women: The Musical, Into the Woods (Point Loma Nazarene University); A New Brain, Amazons and Their Men, Lizard Boy, Ballast – Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play (Diversionary Theatre); Abundance (Backyard Renaissance), The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance & Oceanside Theatre Company); Sea of Souls, Ryes, Six, Grove (ion theatre – workshopped original works); Geeks! The Musical (ion’s BlkBox). Co-scenic Design: Bug (ion). Associate Projection Design (with Joe Huppert): Lizard Boy (Diversionary); The Elephant Man (Backyard Renaissance & Oceanside Theatre Company); The Dybbuk of Hannah and Sams Wedding, The Oldest Boy – Craig Noel Co-Award for Best Projection Design (SD Rep). Charge Artist: A Jewish Joke (Roustabouts), Now or Later (Diversionary), Lettice and Lovage (SRT). Creative Director for the San Diego International Fringe Festival since 2014. Graphic Designer for Scripps Ranch Theatre’s 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 seasons; for Oceanside Theatre Company’s 2017 season; for Grossmont College’s 2018-19 season, and for The Wizard of Oz, and On Broadway starring The Drifters (Algonquin Arts Theatre – New Jersey). Professional graphic designer for 28 years. Primary designer for U.S. Soccer Federation for 17 years. Co-producer with Hannah Logan – Logan2 (Logan Squared) Productions – which just produced their fifth annual That 24 Hour Thing for SD Fringe, and their fifth quarterly reading of Theatre: Undone at the San Diego Public Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium.

    Bonnie Durben (Properties Designer, Bull in a China Shop)

    Diversionary Theatre: The Loneliest Girl in the World, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, The Moors, 2.5 Minute Ride, Well, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex, The Boy who danced on Air, Now or Later, She-Ranculas, Baby With The Bathwater, A New Brain and Amazons and Their Men. Moonlight Theatre Productions: Aida, Little Mermaid, Sunset Blvd, In The Heights, Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, Addams Family, Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up and Big Fish. Scripps Ranch: Skin Deep, Good People. Mira Costa Theatre: Waiting For Lefty, Oklahoma, These Shining Lights, Romeo and Juliet, Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown. Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century and 57 other productions. Bonnie is a member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer, Bull in a China Shop)

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer) returns to Diversionary having designed Bull in a China Shop, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, Homos, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Lizard BoyManhandledNow or LaterA Civil War Christmas, Amazons and Their MenMan Clan, and A New Brain. Select local credits include: Withering Heights, Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); End of The RainbowQuality of LifeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Big RiverThe 1940s Radio HourSeascape (New Village Arts); Chess in concert, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series). Curtis has also worked extensively with Coronado School of The Arts. Curtis holds a BFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of The Arts.

    T.J. Fucella (Sound Designer, Bull in a China Shop)

    Beth Connelly (Costume Designer, Bull in a China Shop)

    Beth is delighted to return to Diversionary Theatre with Bull in a China Shop.  Her previous Diversionary productions include A Civil War Christmas and A New Brain.  Beth has the privilege to be the Designer in Residence at Coronado School of the Arts.  Her work in and around San Diego includes productions with San Diego Musical Theater; The Coronado Island Film Festival; ACT-San Diego; CYC Theatre; J*Company; and Leading Light Theatre.  When Beth isn’t designing, she is a full-time real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California.

    Tiffany Tang (Dramaturge, Bull in a China Shop)

    Tiffany is a writer, actor and producer in San Diego and a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College. She is Associate Director at Intrepid Theatre Company, where she is also Project Director for Exiled Voices: The Refugee Art Experience. She is also producer and director for Final Draft, the New Play Festival at New Village Arts. Theatre acting credits at Diversionary include Amazons and Their Men and Well. Acting credits elsewhere include Far Away (New York Theatre Workshop); Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing (Cry Havoc, NYC); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Men on Boats (New Village Arts); The Vagina Monologues, Longview TX (InnerMission Productions). Recent acting film credits include Blood Will Have Blood (Best Picture, San Diego Film Awards), A Life Lived (Best Picture, LA Underground FF), Reality Bytes (48HFP Audience Choice, Best Of, San Diego Film Award Nominee), The Coatsworth-Higgenses of San Junipero (48HFP Audience Choice) and Isabel (Winner, San Diego TRUE Film Competition). Tiffany earned her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School in New York City and is a contributor for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Samuel French’s Breaking Character Magazine and the author of Creepy Little Death Poems.


    Justin Humphries ( Scenic Designer, This Beautiful City )

    Justin  is a scenic and video designer based in San Diego, CA. His design work has been seen internationally in both the United States and Asia. As a video designer, he has created content for numerous concert tours, corporate events and Las Vegas shows. As an assistant/associate he has worked with Robert Brill, John Lee Beatty and others on various commercial, regional and Broadway projects. Recent San Diego scenic design credits include: “Actually” (San Diego Rep), “Vietgone” (San Diego Rep), and “Voyeurs de Venus” (Moxie). Broadway credits include: “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” (Associate Designer), “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” (Associate Designer). Justin holds a BFA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from University of California, San Diego. www.justinhumphres.com

    Blake McCarty (Projection Designer, This Beautiful City)

    Blake McCarty is an artist and educator, as well as the founder of Blindspot Collective, a theatre company devoted to transformative new work at the intersection of advocacy, education, and entertainment. He is thrilled to be making his Diversionary Theatre debut. Elsewhere as a designer: SpamalotOn the Twentieth Century, and The Rocky Horror Show (Cygnet); Evita and Beachtown (San Diego Rep); ShadowlandsAmerican Rhythm, and Oz (Lamb’s Players); Cloud TectonicsBuddy, and Return to Forbidden Planet (New Village Arts); and Sunday in the Park with George (Ion). Upcoming projects: Qulili, a documentary play about refugees based on the exact words of real people;Chasing Fear, a musical based on Turkish folklore with composer Trevor Bachman; a new play in the style of Boal’s Forum Theatre exploring the lives of non-binary and gender non-confirming youth that will tour to local schools later this year; and Angels in America with Cygnet. In addition to his work as a director and designer, Blake has developed educational programming for organizations that include The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, The New Victory Theatre, Tribeca Film Festival, and Guggenheim Museum. He holds a BFA in Film Production and an MA in Educational Theatre, both from New York University.

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer, This Beautiful City

    Curtis returns to Diversionary having designed Bull in a China Shop, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, Homos, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Lizard BoyManhandledNow or LaterA Civil War Christmas, Amazons and Their MenMan Clan, and A New Brain. Select local credits include: Withering Heights, Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); End of The RainbowQuality of LifeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Big RiverThe 1940s Radio HourSeascape (New Village Arts); Chess in concert, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series). Curtis has also worked extensively with Coronado School of The Arts. Curtis holds a BFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of The Arts.

    Matt Lescault Wood (Sound Designer, This Beautiful City)

    Matt is excited to be back at Diversionary.  Previous credits include; Lizard Boy; The Moors, The Loneliest Girl Alive (Diversionary); Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Hickorydickory, ENRON, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing, Bliss, Voyeurs de Venus (Moxie); Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding In Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool For Love, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Shockheaded Peter, Spamalot (Cygnet); Evita, Roz and Ray [2017 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Hand To God; Black Pearl Sings, Beachtown, Fun Home (San Diego REP)Seascape, Stage Kiss, Lord of The Flies, Big River (New Village Arts);Henry V [2014 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee] (New Fortune).  Matt has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.


    Kristen E. Flores (Scenic Designer, The Hour of Great Mercy)

    Past design credits:Globe for AllTwelfth Night(The Old Globe), The Happiest Place EarthCardboard PianoMoorsHomos or Everyone in American, A Civil War Christmas, Bright Half Life and Baby With the Bathwater(Diversionary Theatre), Eternally Bad and Fade (Moxie) , God of Carnage and American Hero ( New Village Arts),Tarrytown  (Backyard Renaissance Theatre),  Almost, Maine (Onstage Players), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad Productions), Ragnarok and Red Planet Respite (Circle Circle Dot Dot)  Playwrights Project Festival. I Am My Own Wife(The New Group West) Kristen was Prop Master and Stage Master for The White Theatre at The Old Globe for 3 years. She is currently the Scenic Charge and Prop Master for San Diego State University. “I work hard so my pets can have a better life.” For more on Kristen please look on.. www.kristenflores.org

    Jenny Lee (Properties Designer, The Hour of Great Mercy)

    Props Master: La Jolla Playhouse: Latin History For Dummies, Glenngary Glen Ross, Milk Like Sugar, Jesus Christ Superstar; Associate Prop Master: Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Come From Away, Indecent, Hand On A Hardbody, Memphis, Bonnie and Clyde; Stage Management: Mystere Cirque Du Soleil; Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts www.jennyfaj.com

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer, The Hour of Great Mercy

    Curtis returns to Diversionary having designed Bull in a China Shop, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, Homos, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Lizard BoyManhandledNow or LaterA Civil War Christmas, Amazons and Their MenMan Clan, and A New Brain. Select local credits include: Withering Heights, Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); End of The RainbowQuality of LifeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Big RiverThe 1940s Radio HourSeascape (New Village Arts); Chess in concert, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series). Curtis has also worked extensively with Coronado School of The Arts. Curtis holds a BFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of The Arts.

    Emily Jankowski (Sound Designer, The Hour of Great Mercy)


    Patrick Marion (Musical Director, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Justin Humphres (Scenic Design) is a scenic and video designer based in San Diego, CA. His design work has been seen internationally in both the United States and Asia. As a videodesigner, he has created content for numerous concert tours, corporate events and Las Vegas shows. As an assistant/associate he has worked with Robert Brill, John Lee Beatty and others on various commercial, regional and Broadway projects. Recent San Diego scenic design credits include: “Actually” (San Diego Rep), “Vietgone” (San Diego Rep), and “Voyeurs de Venus” (Moxie). Broadway credits include: “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” (Associate Designer), “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” (Associate Designer).Justin holds a BFA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from University of California, San Diego. www.justinhumphres.com

    Tara Knight (Projection Designer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Curtis returns to Diversionary having designed Bull in a China Shop, The Happiest Place on Earth, Cardboard Piano, Homos, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, Lizard BoyManhandledNow or LaterA Civil War Christmas, Amazons and Their MenMan Clan, and A New Brain. Select local credits include: Withering Heights, Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre Company); End of The RainbowQuality of LifeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Hate Hamlet, All My Sons, Macbeth (Intrepid Theatre Company); Big RiverThe 1940s Radio HourSeascape (New Village Arts); Chess in concert, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening (Cabaret at the Merc Summer Series). Curtis has also worked extensively with Coronado School of The Arts. Curtis holds a BFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of The Arts.

    Bianca Vo (Master Electrician, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Matt Lescault Wood (Sound Designer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Matt is excited to be back at Diversionary.  Previous credits include; Lizard Boy; The Moors, The Loneliest Girl Alive (Diversionary); Eurydice [2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Hickorydickory, ENRON, Eternally Bad, The Kid Thing, Bliss, Voyeurs de Venus (Moxie); Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, A Behanding In Spokane, Man of La Mancha, Assassins, Company, Spring Awakening, Pageant, True West, Fool For Love, Sons of the Prophet, My Fair Lady, Shockheaded Peter, Spamalot (Cygnet); Evita, Roz and Ray [2017 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee], Hand To God; Black Pearl Sings, Beachtown, Fun Home (San Diego REP)Seascape, Stage Kiss, Lord of The Flies, Big River (New Village Arts);Henry V [2014 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee] (New Fortune).  Matt has a Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology from SDSU.

    Eliza Benzoni (Costume Designer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

    Elisa Benzoni (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be working again with Diversionary Theatre. Select credits include: The Loneliest Girl in the World, The Happiest Place on Earth, Homos or Everyone in America, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex (Diversionary Theatre), Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse), The Who and The What, Our TownTall Girls; Brahaman/ISam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (La Jolla Playhouse); Constellations (Old Globe); Cloud 9, Romeo and JulietTwo Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Prince of TyreReckless, Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure (USD/Old Globe); The Father, How the Other Half Loves, Of Mice and Men, Travels with my Aunt, The Illusion, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Cocktail Hour, Fox on the Fairway (Nominated for a Craig Noel Award), Chapatti, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Men on Boats, Secret Garden, Awake and Sing, Sylvia (New Village Arts); Elisa holds a costume design MFA from UCSD. www.elisabenzoni.com

    Peter Herman (Wigs & Makeup)


    Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer, Significant Other)

    Justin Humphres (Scenic Design) is a scenic and video designer based in San Diego, CA. His design work has been seen internationally in both the United States and Asia. As a videodesigner, he has created content for numerous concert tours, corporate events and Las Vegas shows. As an assistant/associate he has worked with Robert Brill, John Lee Beatty and others on various commercial, regional and Broadway projects. Recent San Diego scenic design credits include: “Actually” (San Diego Rep), “Vietgone” (San Diego Rep), and “Voyeurs de Venus” (Moxie). Broadway credits include: “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” (Associate Designer), “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” (Associate Designer).Justin holds a BFA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from University of California, San Diego. www.justinhumphres.com

    TBA (Properties Manager, Significant Other)

    Christina J. Martin (Lighting Designer, Significant Other)

    Christina is delighted to be back at Diversionary Theatre with this wonderful cast and creative team. Her very first show at Diversionary was the world premiere of The Loneliest Girl in the World. Christina’s work has been recently seen at other theaters including MOXIE Theatre (Bliss (Or Emily Post is Dead!)) and San Diego Musical Theatre (Billy Elliot and Miracle on 34th Street). Some of her favorite lighting designs include: The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), The Full Monty(SDSU), Dogfight (Rockford, IL), Absurd Person Singular (Rockford, IL)and To Kill a Mockingbird (Evansville Civic Theatre). cjmartinlighting.com

    Melanie Chen (Sound Designer)