Artistic Board Members

Artistic Board Chair: Mauricio Suarez

Mauricio Suarez

Mauricio Suarez

I am an aspiring theatre student currently at San Francisco State University working on a BA in Theatre. I have been in multiple shows at PSP as well as other theatre companies around the Bay Area. I recently directed my first show at PSP, God of Carnage. I am confident I can bring more groundbreaking and visually stunning shows to PSP to dazzle and delight the audiences to come. My favorite part about this experience is that I get to talk about shows with a panel of people who understand the nature of theatre. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Resident Prop & Set Dressing Master: John Hanson

John Hanson

John Hanson

I have been enjoying shows at PSP for over twenty years and started getting involved in 2013. On stage, I’ve been in eight productions and behind-the-scenes as assistant stage manager, crew, and general handyman to repair a few of the troublesome electrical systems the theatre has struggled with. I love the energy and spirit of live theatre. I’m currently working towards my Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at NDNU, and have completed their Musical Theatre Conservatory during the summers of 2015 and 2016. My goals for the Artistic Board is to continue to help PSP be the welcoming and educational home for anyone who wants to grow in theatre and bring things I’ve learned in school and other theatres to help PSP shine even more in the community. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Resident Costume Master: Adriana Martinez

Adriana Martinez

Adriana Martinez

I have been a member of PSP since 2007. Since I am only 22 that is almost half of my life. I have participated in many aspects of this theater but most of my time with Spindrift involves costumes. As a member of the artistic board I bring a different perspective due to my age. My goal for this term is to help pick shows that will make use of the theater’s extensive collection of costumes, and use this as an opportunity to restock and fix damaged costumes and to ultimately put forth productions that are artistically pleasing. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Resident Technical Master: Miranda Steinberg

Miranda Steinberg

Miranda Steinberg

Although I am relatively young, I have been involved in theatre for about 9 years now and have gotten a lot of different experiences that I can bring to the table. I have not only done traditional theatre (musicals and straight plays) but I have also worked with Cirque Du Soleil, which has taught me some fun tricks about non-traditional tech. I am also a regular dresser at Theatreworks and currently a Curque Du Soleil intern for lighting projection and special effects. At PSP, I have served in the roles of stage manager, lighting designer, assistant lighting designer, stage hand, and even actor, and I am currently attending Foothill College as a Technical Theatre student. My goal for my term is to explore how many different ways we can wow the audience with not just the amazing actors on stage but with just as amazing lighting and sound effects making the most out of what the theatre has to offer. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Historian/Secretary: Debi Durst

Debi Durst

Debi Durst

I have been honored to be a part of PSP for the last 7 years. I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors for 3 years, and now start my second year on the Artistic Board. I roamed this Blue Planet as an improviser/comedian for over 30 years before returning to my first love—theater. I have directed several shows at PSP and have acted in many productions here as well. I produce events and tours, including San Francisco’s Comedy Celebration Day, and the Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show. I am also the official emcee for the annual SFMTA Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. Think Globally, Act Locally! I plan to use my vast knowledge, experience and expertise to help PSP grow artistically; I believe in this great community theater and want to see it thrive for generations to come. [Appointed 2016-2017]

Education Function Member: Cathryn Imperato

Cathryn Imperato

Cathryn Imperato

Ever since the day I stumbled into a one-week acting class as a high school freshman, I’ve been profoundly moved by theatre’s power to transform and inspire. That single week provided a painfully shy and reserved kid with an opportunity to discover a new confidence and light within herself. I later earned a B.A. in Theatre after studying acting, writing and design at U.C. San Diego. Since returning to the Bay Area several years ago, PSP has given me the opportunity both to rekindle my own love of theatre, and to introduce my family to the same world that has been such an inspiring force in my own life. As 2016-2017 Education Liaison, I look forward to finding new and innovative ways to connect the artistic work and vision of PSP with schools and the community in and around Pacifica. [Appointed 2016-2017]

New Theater Works Member: Mike Fatum

Mike Fatum

Mike Fatum

I am an actor, director, writer, and fight choreographer who’s been in theater for about thirty years. I’ve been a part of the PSP community for closer to eight years. As the New Works Master, I plan on building a Stage2 that’s built on empathy-creating a theater space that’s about exploring new ideas, but most importantly on exploring how to be better to one another, both through the message of the work and through the methodology of everything that happens behind the scenes. Pacifica Spindrift Players is the perfect foundation to build this idea on. [Appointed 2016-2017]

ADVISOR – Immediate Past Artistic Board Chair: Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams

I was surprised and pleased when the Executive Board appointed me to be the first Artistic Chairman of PSP last year. All my life I’ve been making theatre. From directing back yard drama productions as a child, to spending 39 years teaching high school theatre classes in Newark, CA, I’ve worked on all aspects of producing shows for appreciative audiences. I first directed for PSP in 2010, and ever since then, I have worked and volunteered here in many different capacities, including directing, stage managing, and serving as a Board Member for the past 3 years.

ADVISOR – Resident Set Master: Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Many years ago I was involved in High School Theater. In the 90’s I was involved with The Hayward Little Theater. My main interest is in the technical side of theater, specifically building. I have been involved with PSP for about two and a half years. I am the current Resident Set Master/Master Carpenter for PSP, but I have also been on stage. I want to continue to assemble quality and innovative sets for quality productions at PSP.

ADVISOR – Financial Admin: Sarah Lodick

Sarah Lodick

Sarah Lodick

I have been involved with PSP in many ways since 2011, both on-stage and off-stage, including acting, directing, producing, stage managing, online marketing, and serving on the PSP Board of Directors from 2013-2016. I am a musical lover through and through, with some professional training in acting, singing, and directing. In my non-theatre life, I was a college instructor, with a background in corporate Training & Development, Adult Learning, and Organization Development. During my time as an Advisor to the Artistic Board, I will strive to see each show have a consistent experience.