Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director
Prior to joining Diversionary Theatre, Matt was the Associate Artistic Director of City Theatre Company, a LORT theatre in Pittsburgh dedicated to producing work written in the past five years. With City he directed the Regional Premiere of Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home, the World Premiere of Tami Dixon’s South Side Stories (Pittsburgh Post Gazette & Tribune Review’s Top Ten of 2012; “…directed to crystalline point by Morrow.” -City Paper), Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still (“Morrow has struck a balance between the jokey and the serious sides of “Tigers Be Still” so that Ms. Rosenstock’s simple message comes through clearly and without preaching.” -The Pittsburgh Post Gazette); and workshops of the new musical The Shadow Sparrow by Anton Dudley, Keith Gordon and Charlie Sohne, and Don’t You F*cking Say A Word by Andy Bragen for City’s Momentum Festival of New Works.
Matt is currently developing Jennifer Haley’s THEY CALL HER FROGGY with A.C.T. in San Francisco and C.T.G. in Los Angeles. He served as The John Wells Professor of Directing at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama (Graduate & Undergraduate Directing programs), and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. He holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. www.mattmmorrow.com
Matt Harding, General Manager
Matt has extensive experience in LGBT community organization, nonprofit marketing, hospitality and events. Matt most recently worked as Director of Marketing at the Greater San Diego Business Association and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Marketing from UCSD Extension. Matt’s experience includes creating and leading Tucson Arizona’s 2005 – 2006 Pride on Parade events, the first and only profitable LGBT Pride Parade in Tucson’s history; leading Tucson’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce through a name and brand change and growth of 40% in membership; Senior Sales manager positions at some of Tucson’s leading convention hotels, and an extensive background in hospitality management from Casual to 4-Diamond restaurants.
Cara Vacek Hanhurst, Connectivity Manager
Cara is thrilled to be working at Diversionary. She relocated from the Hudson Valley in New York to find some sunshine. She has worked with Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, N.Y., and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where she was the Wardrobe Supervisor. Cara graduated from the University at Albany with her B.A. in Theatre Arts. Additional education includes the British American Drama Academy, The NY Stage and Film Powerhouse, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
Monica Perfetto, Production Coordinator
Relocated here from Silver Spring, Maryland, Monica is grateful to call Diversionary home as both Production Coordinator and Resident Stage Manager. Monica has a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from the University of San Diego, where they discovered their love of paperwork, show tunes, and technical theatre. At Diversionary: Well, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, In the Va Va Voom Room, A Civil War Christmas, Bright Half Life, and A New Brain. Elsewhere: RENT (
Cathy Romanas, Business Associate
Cathy joined the Diversionary Team in late January 2017 while maintaining her position as Director of Operations at LeSar Development Consultants on a part-time basis. She is enjoying the vibrant, artistic environment as well as working in her home community. She has over 20 years of experience in administration, financial management and operations, including six years as a Supply Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Cathy grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin, but left the Midwest many years ago to attend the University of San Diego, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration. She has lived in San Diego most of her adult life, raising two wonderful sons with her husband Gordon. She is currently pursuing a Certificate of Accounting with the intent of becoming CPA or CMA certified.
David R. Shorey, Development Associate
Born on the Monterey Peninsula and raised in the City of Pacific Grove, a city founded to be a West Coast Chautauqua, David was immersed in a creative and theatrical arts positive environment from a very young age. He counts performances at the Fisherman’s Wharf theatre and shows by the Troopers of the Gold Coast at the First Theatre of California as his introduction to the theatre. A minor role in Midsummer Night’s Dream in high school was his first theatrical performance, followed many years later by roles in shows produced by the Lambda Players in Sacramento. David graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Government. He has worked in the non-profit sector for many years in the areas of development and program management. He moved to San Diego in 2011 to be with his partners Tommie and Virgil. David recently completed the Certificate program in Non-profit Management at University of San Diego. In his free time David can be found on the hiking trails around San Diego or surfing the occasional wave.
Anthony Methvin, Artistic Associate
Anthony Methvin is originally from Tallahassee, Florida, but moved to San Diego after living for nine years in New York City. As Community Relations Coordinator at Manhattan’s Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble, he established, curated and directed a series of weekly children’s programming and ran events for Broadway Casts (9 to 5, West Side Story), theatre performers (Patti Lupone, Zoe Caldwell), authors (Kathryn Stockett, Portia DeRossi, Armistead Maupin) and musicians (Chely Wright, Rosanne Cash), among many others. He made his local acting debut with Diversionary Theater in Harmony, Kansas and will appear on its stage again in Boys and Girls. Favorite roles include Leo Frank (Parade), Prior (Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), Sparky (Forever Plaid), Peter (Company), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Dionysus (The Bacchae), Matamore (The Illusion), and Man (Laughing Wild). His play, Bleed Like Me, was a finalist for the Playwrights Project Play By Play program and has been given a developmental readings at both Diversionary and Florida State University, where he graduated with a BFA in Acting.
Skyler Sullivan, Education Associate
Skyler Sullivan is an actor and arts educator recently transplanted from New York. While in NYC, he worked with The New Victory Theatre for ten years as a veteran teaching artist, where he honed his skills as a curriculum developer, and facilitator. He has also been a teacher and site director for Circus Minimus for the past 15 years and enjoyed three seasons on the faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, AK. Other NYC teaching credits include: The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, the Professional Performing Arts School, and on-set coaching on two P.B.S. shows: Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Skyler is thrilled to be working with Diversionary Theatre as it continues its tradition of arts education and outreach. Currently in San Diego he also teaches for Young Audiences, Fern Street Circus, San Diego Circus Center, and The La Jolla Playhouse. Keep an eye open to learn about upcoming classes and opportunities. Education: B.F.A. in acting Emerson College, M.F.A. in Acting Brooklyn College.
Stu Schwartz, Usher Coordinator
S2 (Stu) moved to San Diego in 2003 after a 30 year career as a professor at the University of Florida. He’s still a Gator fan! In FL he was a volunteer at the Hippodrome State Theatre and he worked part-time for the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department. Now that he is retired he is a volunteer at the San Diego Zoo, he ushers at several theaters around town and he poses often for life drawing classes and groups. S2 loves to travel, read, and cook and he is enjoying being the volunteer usher coordinator for our theater. He boasts that he is busier now as a retiree than when he was working!