Board of Directors

President: Alex Sandie

Vice-President and Director of Readings: Darryl Woodson

Student Shakespeare Festival Chair:  Alex Sandie

Secretary and Treasurer: Connie Boyd

Membership Chair: Patricia Spira


Director of Mock Trials: Gordon L. Gidlund


Special Advisor and Writer In Residence: David Wiener

Honorary Members

  • Prof. Marianne McDonald, Ph.D., MRIA
  • Walter Munk
  • J. Joe Craft
  • Jonathan McMurtry

Advisory Board

Beth Accomando; Anthony Adams; Richard Baird; Martha Barnette; Karen Carpenter; Kandis Chappell; Jill G. Hall; Antonio “TJ” Johnson; Bonnie Johnston; Welton Jones; Pat Launer; Richard Lederer, Ph.D.; Steve Lipinsky; William A. Nericcio, PhD.; Jenni Prisk; Rosina Reynolds; Rev. Dr. Mikel Taxer


Alex Sandie

 Professional member: Actors Alliance of San Diego

Retired Commercial banker; founding president of several local Scottish organizations, including San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society. Actor in over 40 local productions in local theaters, including Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre.

His contributions to the arts and culture in San Diego have been recognized with awards from the City of San Diego; the Spirit of Bravissimo Award and from San Diego County Office of Education; the Pillar of Leith (Edinburgh) Medal for contributions to Scottish culture in California.

Connie Boyd

Taught Drama and English for 28 years at San Pasqual High School. Took students to Fullerton, Thespians, Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, and English Speaking Union Shakespeare competitions. They performed in in-classroom presentations of poetry and short scenes. Directed and acted at Patio Playhouse for 33 years.

Patricia Spira

American Society of Association Executives; University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Alumni Association

Previously Managing Director of Sledgehammer Theatre; Retired President/CEO of INTIX (The International Ticketing Association); Volunteer with San Diego Opera and San Diego Performing Arts League

B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Certification from the American Society of Association Executives; Recipient of Star Award for Volunteerism.

Darryl Woodson


Darryl is recently retired from advertising sales. His theater work includes: Graduate ACT Training Congress. Actor and Stage Manager of National Tours The New Shakespeare Co. Of San Francisco. Actor, Eureka Theater and The Old Spaghetti Factory Theater, San Francisco. The Colony Theater, Synthaxis Theater, Los Angeles. Student, vocal workshops with Daws Butler. Student, Charles Conrad Film Acting School, Burbank.

Darryl enjoys multifarious rural studies, and serendipity. He has a B.S. in Business from CSULA.


Gordon L. Gidlund


A practicing attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel since 1984 and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 1999, Mr. Gidlund is concerned with the intersection of Shakespeare and the law.  He wrote the script for the Society’s mock trial production of “The Kingdom of Denmark against Hamlet.” As a youngling, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in the Republic of Korea.  As a yeoman, he has had long associations with the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, and the local Civil War Round Table.

He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Terry Miller

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn award-winning teacher of some 25 plus years and Board Member of San Diego Theatre Educators Association (SDTEA)   Currrently at SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS and Mentor Teacher to UCSD students Previously at PERSHING MIDDLE SCHOOL, grades 6-8, specializing in Theatre, ESL, Coach for Science Fair Presentations, Graduation, and Oratorical Contests. Additional teaching experience at FARB MIDDLE SCHOOL, FULTON ELEMENTARY, BARNARD ELEMENTARY, NEW YORK & VIRGINIA.

  • Judge for National Council of Teachers of English Literary Magazine Contest
  • Recipient of Distinguished Theatre Program Award from the San Diego TheatreEducator’s Alliance for Excellence in Theatre Education
  • Judge in annual San Diego Young Playwrights’ Contest
  • Guest Lecturer in Theatre Across The Curriculum at San Diego State University


John Tessmer


John Tessmer is a professional actor and director, who holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He spent six seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival between graduate school and moving back to his home town of San Diego in 2001.  John co-founded the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble in 2010 and is the company’s Producing Artistic Director.

Regionally and locally, he has performed on many stages. John is an Associate Artist of New Fortune Theatre Company. He has performed in two world premieres, playing Judge Arthur Noyes in North Coast Rep’s Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush by Joseph Vass and Constantin Stanislavski in Point Loma Playhouse’s The Complete History of Theatre (abridged). He has taught for the University of Colorado and the Old Globe Theatre and acted in two-thirds of the Shakespearean canon..


William “Bill” Virchis

A living legend in performing arts education. Recently retired as Director of VAPA at Sweetwater Union High District, and was previously Professor at Southwestern College.

Jack Winans

Member: SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Alliance

Several acting and directing credits throughout San Diego. Awards include: Atlas Award and nominations and an Easties nomination.