Matt M. Morrow, Executive Artistic Director: Since joining Diversionary, Matt has directed the World Premiere of Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald’s musical The Loneliest Girl in the World, Georgette Kelly’s Ballast (Winner, 2017 Best New Play, San Diego Critic’s Circle Awards), the San Diego Premiere of Bash Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex, the West Coast Premieres of Jordan Harrison’s Amazons and Their Men,and Christopher Shinn’s Now Or Later. Matt recently directed Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine with The Old Globe/USD MFA program. 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), and Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still.
Matt is currently a Creative Catalyst Fellow with The San Diego Foundation and La Jolla Playhouse. He has developed new work with The Sundance Theatre Institute, The Old Globe, The Banff Centre, Center Theatre Group, American Conservatory Theater, Lincoln Center, PlayPenn, and Page 73 Productions in residence at the Yale School of Drama. 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
Jenny Case, Managing Director (She/Her/Hers)
Jenny Case has 17 years’ experience in working for non-profit theatre in San Diego, including 10 years as the Associate General Manager of La Jolla Playhouse. She also served as a Producer of the 2017 WithOut Walls (WOW) Festival and of the wildly successful Accomplice: San Diego, which was performed in Little Italy in 2013. She also line produced many of the Playhouse’s New York developmental workshops including Escape to Margaritaville, Hands on a Hardbody, Bonnie and Clyde, Little Miss Sunshine and many others.
Ryan Heath, Production Manager (He/Him/His)
Ryan Heath is excited to be a part of the Diversionary Team! A graduate of San Diego State University with a major in Theatre Arts, Ryan brings 5 years of experience as a Stage Manager in the San Diego Theatre scene at Diversionary, Moxie, and Cygnet and 2 years as Production Office Manager at the La Jolla Playhouse where he worked on productions such as Escape to Margaritaville and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. He Project Managed the POP Tour production of Home of the Brave, also with the La Jolla Playhouse.
David R. Shorey CNP, Development Associate (He/Him/His)
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 received a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of San Diego and is credentialed by the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance as a Certified Non-profit Professional (CNP). In his free time David can be found on the hiking trails around San Diego or surfing the occasional wave.
Anthony Methvin, Producing Associate (He/Him/His)
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 (He/Him/His)
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.