To complement the growth of theatre in San Diego by presenting exciting, provocative, professional theatre. San Diego Actor’s Theatre features finest actors from San Diego and premieres of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning plays and playwrights.
The goals of the San Diego Actor’s Theatre also include educating and introducing children to the magic and wonder of live theatre: Children’s Classics Program, Theatre Outreach Programs (in local schools), Summer Theatre Arts Camp, and monthly acting workshops.
Patricia Elmore Costa, Founder and Artistic Director
Patricia Elmore Costa is the founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre now celebrating their silver anniversary. Patricia is a professional actor, director, producer, writer and educator of theatre and communication arts. She began her career in Chicago, where she performed with Second City, Old Town Theatre, and Travel Light Theatre. She was co-director, and one of the original cast members, along with Whoopi Goldberg, of Spontaneous Combustion, San Diego’s first improvisational comedy troupe Patricia has directed and acted in projects in San Diego: the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Project, Diversionary Theatre, SOHO, Common Ground Theatre, 6th @ Penn Theatre and of course for the San Diego Actors Theatre among others. She wrote, directed and produced over 300 “Children’s Classics” shows, a popular Saturday morning family program at the L’Auberge Del Mar Garden Amphitheatre. With over 100 television and radio commercials and short films to her credit, Patricia has recently revived the “New Acting Workshop” for San Diego Actors Theatre & the San Diego Actors Studio featuring Award-winning Guest Directors. Previous Special Guest Artists have included Tony award-winning Director, Des McAnuff, Academy award-winning actor, Cliff Robertson, improvisational theatre guru Del Close, of Second City and Saturday Night Live fame, and award-winning San Diego directors. Patricia is former President of SAG, Screen Actors Guild, San Diego and Vice-President for AFTRA, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, San Diego. Currently, she is a professor of theatre and communication arts for the San Diego Community College District. Coming up next will be a staged reading of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by Pulitzer award-winning playwright, John Patrick Shanley and another presentation of “Simply Shakespeare” at another site-specific location soon to be announced.
She produced as well as performed in the SDAT inaugural productions of two one-acts in 1985, directed Eleemosynary, and The Lady and the Clarinet, both critically acclaimed productions for the SDAT. The popular and long-running productions of Inspecting Carol and Laughter on the 23rd Floor at NCRT were directed by Ms. Elmore Costa, for which she was awarded Best Director by KPBS Radio. Patricia has designed several performance projects in collaboration with the Sand Diego Museum of Art for their Matisse, Mucha, Monet, Pacific Arcadia, and Eastman Kodak exhibitions. Ms. Elmore Costa continues as a professional actor featured in radio, television, short and independent feature films and is communication and theatre arts faculty for the San Diego Community College District.