Meet the Team

OnStage Board & Staff

Managing Staff

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James P. Darvas

Executive Artistic Director

With a lifelong passion for theatre and vision for serving the community through art, James brings an innovative and professional style to OnStage.  He guides the artistic vision of the playhouse and oversees management efforts.

Estefania Ricalde

Assistant to the Executive Artistic Director

Sound Designer, Projection Designer, Stage Manager & Assistant. Estefania has been working as stage crew and tech for over 10 years. The past 2 having been a part of OnStage Playhouse's team. She has designed for OSP's 38th season including Blue Period, and Turning Off The Morning News. 


Board of Directors


Ashley Gardner

Interim Board President

Ashley has been involved in San Diego's non-profit, arts and cultural community since her arrival here from Canada in 1980.  Her background includes radio, television, theatre and arts administration. She currently coordinates the annual Chula Vista Arts in the Park event.

Greg Newman


Greg has served on the OnStage Playhouse Board for three years having moved here from Los Angeles, where he was involved in live improv and online marketing.  He assists in the management of the theatre  in a variety of ways.


Markuz Rodriguez

Interim Board Secretary

Markuz Rodriguez is a San Diego based actor/writer/director with credits at OSP, Diversionary, La Jolla Playhouse, Moxie, San Diego REP, Old Globe and more.


Vanessa Lopez

Member at Large

Vanessa Lopez is an actress, poet, and teaching artist from San Diego, whose passion for theatre and the arts drives her to bring her love and light into what she does. She is very excited to join Onstage Playhouse and continue bringing live theatre to the community. 

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Aline King

Member at Large

Aline has been a long-time supporter of SD theater and would like a chance to support OnStage. Proud of the work done here she wants to further knowledge about this hidden jewel. Past Trainer, 16 years with Human Resources of SD County Health and Human Services, Americans for the Dept. of Pea, Docent for 7 years at Chula Vista Nature Center and Puppeteer for SD Opera Education Outreach.


Herbert Siguenza

Member at Large

Herbert Siguenza is an American actor, writer, visual artist, and performer based in California. He is best known for co-founding the theater performance group Culture Clash, which is still active since its founding in 1984, more than thirty years later.  

Open Board Seats

 Members at Large

Are you passionate about the performing arts? 
We are seeking additional Members to help guide the playhouse into the future. Please reach out if you’re interested. Email us or fill out the form below for further information.


Onstage Playhouse Board of Directors Application

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