Stephen Brotebeck*** (Co-director) is a Professor in the MFA Musical Theatre program at SDSU where he has directed and choreographed numerous productions including Postcard American Town (World Premiere), Steel Pier, Pippin, James and the Giant Peach, The Full Monty and The Drowsy Chaperone (Craig Noel Award Nomination). Broadway: Ghost, Peter and the Starcatcher (Movement Associate). Former Artistic Director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. As a director Mr. Brotebeck has helmed the Off and Off-Off Broadway productions of The Shark Play, Breaking The Shakespeare Code, St. Francis (NY Fringe – Excellence in Directing Award), The Maltese Walter, Greasemonkey and Scenes from a Balcony. Kennedy Center: Spring Gala (Director), My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Children of Eden (Associate Director/ Choreographer). Additional credits as a director and/or choreographer include Ghost at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival; Girlfriend and The Loneliest Girl In The World at Diversionary Theatre; Peter and the Starcatcher, Monty Python’s Spamalot, And The World Goes ‘Round (Oscar Wilde Nomination), and I Love A Piano (Oscar Wilde Nomination) at Farmers Alley Theatre; Looking For Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage; The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Michael Feinstein. Internationally, Stephen has directed productions for Creativiva Caribbean, and choreographed multiple projects in Indonesia, China, and Guatemala for Passport to Broadway.
Matt M.Morrow (Co-director; He/Her/They) Since joining the organization in 2014, Matt has helped to grow Diversionary Theatre’s operating budget by 100%. Under their leadership the theatre has been nominated for 29 San Diego Critics Circle Awards, winning two Outstanding New Play Awards in 2017 and 2019. Alongside Diversionary’s Board of Trustees, Matt led the Securing Our Future campaign, a $2.5 million renovation project for the theatre’s home in University Heights, slated to reopen early Fall 2021. Notable productions Matt has directed and/or produced with Diversionary include the 20th Anniversary production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winner, 2019 Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, SDCC Award), Miranda Rose Hall’s The Hour of Great Mercy (Winner, 2019 Best New Play, SDCC Award), 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, SDCC Award), Justin Huertas’ Lizard Boy The Musical (Winner, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical). Matt was honored with the inaugural Larry T. Baza Arts & Culture Award from San Diego Pride, and was 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. Matt 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. Matt is currently adjunct Professor of Directing at UCSD’s Graduate Directing program. He holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. mattmmorrow.com
Katie Banville (Choreographer; she/her) Choreography credits: Cygnet Theatre – Cabaret (Choreographer), Rock of Ages (Choreographer/Assoc. Director), Spamalot (Choreographer/Assoc. Director), A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), Gypsy (June/Asst. Choreographer), Company (April/Asst. Choreographer); Okoboji Summer Theatre – Beehive: The ‘60s Musicals (Dir/Chor); Freaky Friday – San Diego Musical Theatre (Co-Director) and Moonlight Amphitheatre; Backyard Renaissance –Tarrytown, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Smokefall; San Diego State University – Company; The Old Globe – A Doll’s House (Movement Coordinator). Performance credits: The Heart of Rock and Roll, Benny and Joon – The Old Globe; Freaky Friday, Escape to Margaritaville – La Jolla Playhouse. MFA Musical Theatre, San Diego State University. Co-Chair Theatre Arts, Grossmont College. katiebanville.com
Patrick Marion (Music Director; he/him) is thrilled to be back at Diversionary again! Select credits: Diversionary Theatre: Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Loneliest Girl In The World; Cygnet Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Five Years (SD Critics Circle Nominee), Rock Of Ages, Shockheaded Peter (SD Critics Circle Nominee), The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, Company, Assassins; LPT (associate artist): Million Dollar Quartet, Oz, West Side Story, Les Miserables, miXtape; Welk Resorts Theatre: Nunsense.
Justin Humphres (Scenic Designer)
Elisa Benzoni** (Costume Designer; she/her) is thrilled to be back working at Diversionary Theatre where she previously designed Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Kind of Weather, The Hour of Great Mercy, Significant Other, Ballast, The Mystery of Love and Sex, Homos . She has worked on over 100 professional productions both locally and internationally including work with The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Geffen Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre. She is also resident costume designer at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Elisa has an MFA in costume design from UC San Diego where she is currently adjunct faculty.
Joel Britt (Lighting Designer; he/him) – Selected Design work includes The Skin of Our Teeth (SDU), American Buffalo (Backyard Renaissance), A Kind of Weather, Significant Other, Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun, Taming of the Shrew(d), Vieux Carré, Angels in America (UCSD) The Who’s Tommy Benefit Concert (La Jolla Playhouse), Little Women and Peter and the Starcatcher (The Barn Stage Company). Selected Assistant/Associate work includes Hamilton (National Tours/Germany), Summer, The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla/ Broadway/National Tour), Come From Away (National Tour/Apple TV+), The Band’s Visit (National Tour), Freaky Friday (La Jolla Playhouse), The Lorax, Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer (The Old Globe). Joel is a proud member of USA829. joelbritt.com
Alyssa Kane (Props Designer; she/her) Alyssa is extremely proud to be working with Diversionary once again. She is a queer woman working full time in scenic design, props design, and scenic painting. Recent projects include Lost in Yonkers (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Sharon (Cygnet), The High Table (Diversionary), Ripped (Loud Fridge), The Great Khan (SD Rep), Sapience (Moxie), and Yellow Wallpaper (Write Out Loud). She is also a performer and founding member of a burlesque and variety troupe in Southeast Alaska. Portfolio: AlyssaKaneScenicDesign.com
Harper Justus (Sound Designer) Harper Justus is a first-year MFA Sound Design candidate at UC San Diego and hails from Dayton, OH. She holds a BFA in Production Design from Ohio University. Selected design credits: The Ferryman (New Village Arts), Dance Nation (UCSD), Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tantrum Theatre), An Iliad (Brick Monkey), Pluto (Ohio University).
Alyssa “Ajay” Junious (Associate Choreographer; she/her) Alyssa “Ajay” Junious is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, pilates practitioner and creative entrepreneur from Oceanside, California. She has a BFA in Performance, Choreography, and a Certificate of Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine. For the past 10 years, she has performed and choreographed professionally throughout San Diego. Some of her professional theater credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theater, New Village Arts, Teatro San Diego, and Oceanside Theater Company. She is the founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates, a movement training and performance company. She is also Co-founder of Soultry Sisters Arts + Wellness Collective and curates an annual Summer Solstice Festival in North County San Diego. Ajay is excited to have her debut performance with Diversionary Theater this season! Follow her creative adventures on instagram @miss_ajay
Kandace Crystal (Intimacy Design)
Jacob Bruce (Fight Choreographer) (AEA, SAG/AFTRA, IATSE) is an actor, director, educator, and builder, having appeared onstage at the La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo, San Diego Rep., Knightsbridge Theatre, North Coast Rep, and Intrepid Theatre, among others. He has directed for Bodhi Tree Concerts/SD Opera, USD, and Finest City Improv, and has served as a violence/staging choreographer and consultant for LJP, UCSD, Diversionary, SD Opera, and USD. Jacob is adjunct faculty at USD, where he is also currently serving as Associate Production Manager, and is a long-term member of the Production Staff at LJP. Film and TV credits are available on IMDB.
Shannon Humsiton* (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Diversionary for Head Over Heels. She is a Kansas City native who now calls San Diego home. Select credits include Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary Theatre), Stroll Thru Shushan (San Diego REP), Hairspray (Kansas City Starlight Theatre), King Lear (Saratoga Shakespeare Company), and Avenue Q (Nebraska Repertory Theatre). When she is not in the theatre, she can be found working with the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance as an entertainment performance manager for their many seasonal events. She would like to thank her parents, brother, friends, and the Frentrops for all of their support and always encouraging her to chase her dreams.
*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
**Appearing courtesy of United Scenic Association
*** Appearing courtesy of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society