Board of Directors Election Candidates

Voting for four positions of the next Board of Directors will occur at the 2017 PSP Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, July 29 at 2pm.

If you will not be able to attend the Annual Membership Meeting, there are two other ways to vote:

1) You may vote online.

2) You may download and submit an absentee ballot. For your absentee ballot to be counted, print your name legibly and sign the back of your envelope. The ballot must arrive BEFORE the election (2 pm, Saturday, July 29). Please allow up to 3 business days to arrive in the local mail. Mail your ballot to Pacifica Spindrift Players, 1050 Crespi Dr, Pacifica CA, 94044. You can also drop your ballot off at the theater.


Dianna Collett

Dianna Collett

Dianna Collett

Candidate Statement: 
My goal is to have fun, creative and profitable fundraisers for the theater as well as involve more people from our community to help our theater have the funding to improve our creative space.

A. How have you been involved with PSP in the past?

I’ve been involved for many years as mostly an actor, but I have also stage managed, and been on crew.

B. Have you been part of a board/committee/leadership group in the past? If so, explain what role you played.

I have been a part of the executive board as of Jan 2017. I am currently the VP of Fundraising.

C. Which position(s) listed in the PSP Bylaws are you interested in serving as? For each position listed, explain your qualifications/skills that lend themselves to that position.

5th Vice President: Fundraising

D. If elected, what goals do you have for your time on the PSP board?

I would like to create a more stable financial situation for the theater by creating fundraisers as well as seeking out possible grants. My current goal is to have 5 fundraisers in 2017, and 7 annually when possible.


Cat Imperato

Cat Imperato

Cat Imperato

Candidate Statement: 
Ever since I stumbled into a PSP audition over 2 years ago – bringing me back into theater after a 15+ year hiatus – I’ve increasingly found a creative home at PSP, both for myself and my family (with my daughter having now performed in two PSP shows herself!). As a member of the PSP and Pacifica communities, I would consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to contribute in a more substantive way to the continued growth of an organization that embodies everything that a community theater should be.

A. How have you been involved with PSP in the past?

I’ve had the privilege of working with PSP in several capacities over the past 2 years – as a performer in 5 different shows so far (Out of this World, Inspecting Carol, Mary Poppins, Greetings!, and Cabaret), as a production manager (The Sunshine Boys), and as a member of the 2016-2017 Artistic Board.

B. Have you been part of a board/committee/leadership group in the past? If so, explain what role you played.

I’m currently a member of the PSP Artistic Board for the 2016-2017 Season. In addition to my responsibilities as a general board member in working together with other AB members to select the 2017-2018 season and director slate, I also organized a well-received Audition Prep Workshop prior to the Spring 2016 General Auditions, which I hope will become a recurring tradition in anticipation of PSP’s General Auditions in the future as a means of increasing community opportunities and growth within our theater and organization.

C. Which position(s) listed in the PSP Bylaws are you interested in serving as? For each position listed, explain your qualifications/skills that lend themselves to that position.

I’m interested in working with the board in several different possible capacities, but could see my skills and experience as being potentially helpful and relevant for the roles of VP of Sales and Secretary/Parliamentarian.

D. If elected, what goals do you have for your time on the PSP board?

I hope to work together with the board to continue to grow our “little theater in the woods” – both in terms of the quality of the art that we produce, and in terms of our visibility and success within the Pacifica community and beyond.


Gary Pugh Newman

Gary Pugh Newman

Gary Pugh Newman

A. How have you been involved with PSP in the past?

I have been a member of the PSP Board of Directors for approximately the past 5-6 years, and I have served as President of the Board for the past 3 years.  In addition to my service on the Board, I have also acted, directed, produced, built and painted sets, operated light/sound board and worked stage crew for numerous shows.

B. Have you been part of a board/committee/leadership group in the past? If so, explain what role you played.

See above.  In addition, I served on the regional board for AYSO (youth soocer), where I organized the U8 boys for Pacifica.

C. Which position(s) listed in the PSP Bylaws are you interested in serving as? For each position listed, explain your qualifications/skills that lend themselves to that position.

President of the Board.

D. If elected, what goals do you have for your time on the PSP board?

I would like to improve the operation of the theater and continue to improve the quality of the shows we offer.  We rewrote the Bylaws two years ago and I would like to continue to oversee the implementation and clarification of these procedures.


Sara Ramos

Sara Ramos

Sara Ramos

Candidate Statement: 
I have loved working at PSP for many years now. I have created long-lasting friendships and created so many wonderful memories.If I am given an opportunity to give anything back to the theatre after everything it has given me, I would not take that chance lightly.

A. How have you been involved with PSP in the past?

I have been working with PSP for the last 10 years. My face has popped up briefly onstage in times of need, and I have worked as a stage hand, board op, and spot op on shows over the years.

My main role at PSP for the past few years has been as stage manager.

B. Have you been part of a board/committee/leadership group in the past? If so, explain what role you played.

I am currently the company manager for a company called Breach Once More, which is based in San Francisco, and am an executive member of the Breach Once More Team as well as a founding member.

I am mainly concerned with staffing of the production team for productions as well as executing their contracts. I am also in charge of tracking all scheduling and maintaining the company calendar as well as following up on all production deadlines.

I also help make company and financial related decisions with other executive members of the company to ensure everything runs smoothly.

C. Which position(s) listed in the PSP Bylaws are you interested in serving as? For each position listed, explain your qualifications/skills that lend themselves to that position.

I am most interested in the Secretary and Parliamentarian position of the board.

As a stage manager and company manager I am very accustomed to taking notes and trying to keep order in chaos! For every production I work on I am in charge of keeping track of all schedules and maintaining and communicating the rehearsal and production calendars while making sure everything is correct.

I am one of those people who actively enjoys calendars, schedules, paperwork, and spreadsheets. I feel like these interests coupled with my theatre experiences over the years have helped me to hone in on my organization and communication skills.

I also feel that as somebody who works on the production side of theatre and who has worked at PSP for a decade I have a decent understanding going in as to how the production process works not only in a general sense but at PSP specifically. I also feel that I have a good working relationship with many of the wonderful people who give their time and talent to this theater. I feel that is helpful for creating a constructive and happy working environment that will help PSP grow.

D. If elected, what goals do you have for your time on the PSP board?

I would love to help PSP strengthen its structure and organization from a production standpoint. I see that process has already begun, and I would be thrilled to help that process through and help make the it all as easy to understand and participate in as possible.

I would also love to help ensure that PSP remains that same welcoming place it always has been, and continues to be a place for people to learn anything they wish to learn about theatre, and to practice and grow skills in any facet of theatre they desire.

I want to be able to keep PSP as a great place to work, while being able to push the boundaries of what we think we can do to make wonderful and entertaining productions.