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Artist Ally Program

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Troy Iwata in THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR

 

  • 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.

    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, Bll 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

    Dana Case (Maggie) 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) 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!

     

  • 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.”

    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.

  •  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)

    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)

    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.

    J. Fucella (Sound Designer)

    Beth Connelly (Costume Designer)

    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 (Dramaturg)


    Tony Houck (Musical Director)

    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.

    Justin Humphries ( Scenic Designer)

    Blake McCarty (Projection Designer)

    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) See Bio Above

    Bianca Vo (Master Electrician)

    Matt Lescault Wood (Sound Designer)


     

    TBD (Scenic Designer)

    TBD (Scenic Designer)

    TBD (Properties Designer)

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer) See Bio Above

    TBD (Master Electrician)

    Emily Jankowski (Sound Designer)


    Patrick Marion (Musical Director)

    Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer)

    Tara Knight (Projection Designer)

    Curtis Mueller (Lighting Designer) See Bio Above

    Bianca Vo (Master Electrician)

    Matt Lescault Wood (Sound Designer)

    Eliza Benzoni (Costume Designer)

    Peter Herman (Wigs & Makeup)


    Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer)

    TBA (Properties Manager)

    Christina J. Martin (Lighting Designer)

    TBA (Master Electrician)

    Melanie Chen (Sound Designer)