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.

Board of Directors

Holly Stephenson


A San Diego native, Holly has spent the past 20+ years involved in the region’s theatre as an actor, director, producer and stage manager. With previous OSP board service and past experience as President of the board for Executive Women International - San Diego Chapter, Holly brings with her a unique set of leadership skills to put to good use for OSP’s theatre worth talking about.


Marie Zhivago

Secretary / Education Director

Aurora-Marie Dolopo Zhivago is an American Cartoonist and Published Children's book Author based in San Diego, California. Marie is a Lead Teaching Artist in Media Arts at the ARTS, A REASON TO SURVIVE center in National City, a center for arts and culture in the borderland region that empowers families and community members to build healthy, resilient, and equitable communities.

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Ashley Gardner


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 administation.


Lynn Batchelor

Member at Large

Lynne has been part of OnStage Playhouse for over 20 years and works closely with our ushers and house management. An educator, Lynne is a long time member of the Chula Vista Community, sits on numerous boards Including AAUW and Garden Clubs. 


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. 

Greg Newman

Member at Large

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

Member at Large

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.

Open Board Seats

 Members at Large

We are seeking new Members at Large! 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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