Bret Young, Producing Director
Bret began working at Diversionary Theatre in 2000. He has evolved with Diversionary and now, as Producing Director, among other responsibilities, he leads the creative and production teams for all of our main stage productions and cabaret events. He has an extensive background in theatre arts having previously worked with North Coast Rep, The Old Globe, The Fritz Theatre, Julia Holladay Productions/Mystery Cafe, Sledgehammer Theatre and Ballet West.
Matt Harding, Patron Services 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, Patron Services/Group & SPecial Events Associate
Cara is thrilled to be working at Diversionary. She relocated from the Hudson Valley in New York to find some sunshine. Most recently 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.
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!