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SDPAL - Board of Directors

D. Candis Paule


D. Candis Paule, CSA, is a casting director and owner of Candis Casting, and the casting director for Stu Segall Productions. She has cast "The Ex List" for CBS, "Terriers" for F/X and nearly 3 seasons of "Veronica Mars" for the CW Network. Along with several episodics for Fox’s My Network, she has helped cast a variety of pilots and movies of the week. Feature film credits include “Flying By” starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Heather Locklear, and "Obedient Son", a WWII drama shot in Romania. She has also cast many commercials and industrials. Candis' theater experience includes directing, most notably for the Playwrights Project and The Fritz Theatre in San Diego, and she has been seen throughout the country as an award-winning actor. In addition to voice-over work and private coaching, Ms. Paule teaches on-camera classes with Actors For Reel.

Gary Kramer

Vice President / Executive Director

Gary Kramer is a producer, director and actor and is currently the Artistic Director and founder of the National Comedy Theatre. His production of the National Comedy Theatre is currently the longest running show in San Diego, with over 4000 performances since opening in 1999. In addition to the San Diego production, Gary also directs the New York company of the show and has taught extensively for over 20 years. He has participated in countless shows across the country as well as internationally through 4 USO tours, where he performed in places such as Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Belgium. As a performer, Gary has also appeared on television, film, commercials and radio and earned a BFA degree from Emerson College in Boston. Gary is a co-founder and sat on the Board of Directors of the cancer foundation Cancer411.  He currently serves as Executive Director of the SDPAL.

Sandra L. Simmons


Sandra L. Simmons is the Executive Director of Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation, a public non-profit that operates and maintains the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. Sandra moved to Downtown San Diego in early 1992 and has participated extensively in its renaissance and urban rebirth through serving on numerous community boards, as the Downtown Information Center Manager for Centre City Development Corporation (the Downtown redevelopment entity), and by meeting new neighbors through her former company, Viva-city. As a long-time urbanite, she enjoys and imbibes the numerous arts and cultural events happening within our city. Her mission is to further San Diego as a vibrant arts and cultural magnet. Sandra is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Sue Mason


Sue Mason is the Director of Visitor Services for the San Diego Tourism Authority. She is responsible for overseeing the SDTA’s Official Visitor Information Center;  located Downtown on the waterfront. She also chairs the Visitor Center Network – San Diego Region (16 Visitor Centers dedicated to providing the ultimate in customer service to San Diego’s visitors). Sue has coordinated Volunteer and Ambassador training programs for the America’s Cup Races, Republican National Convention, American Society of Association Executives, PCMA, and three Super Bowls. She received the 1999 Gold Key Allied Member of the Year Award from HMA & HSMA, as well as the 2010 James V. Cunningham Award, for her contributions to the hospitality industry. Sue is a third generation Californian and has enjoyed working for the SDTA since 1985. After hours, Sue loves the performing arts and is a volunteer usher at two local theaters.

Cliff Boro

Director at Large

Cliff Boro is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the Team Group. Previously, Cliff served for six years as the Co-Founder and CEO of until its sale to Saban Capital. For his work at Zui, Cliff was named a White House Champion of Change. Prior to, Cliff was the Managing Partner of CVT Ventures, a venture-development company that was dedicated to helping entrepreneurs form and accelerate their businesses. On behalf of CVT, Cliff was the founding Chairman of Say Media, the founding Chairman of mSnap (sold to MarketTron). Cliff is also the former CEO and Co-Founder of Infogate until its sale to AOL Time Warner. Cliff began his career working in the hedge fund industry and worked at both Steinhardt Partners and Soros Fund Management.

Jacole Kitchen

Director at Large

Jacole Kitchen is the Artistic Programs Manager at La Jolla Playhouse. Jacole spent four years as the Casting Director and Artistic Associate for San Diego Repertory Theatre.  Some of her favorite casting credits at The REP include  In The Heights, Venus in Fur, The Oldest Boy, My Mañana Comes, and El Henry (in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse). Prior to coming to San Diego, Jacole spent seven years as a bi-coastal talent agent at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Los Angeles, representing actors, directors, and choreographers for professional theatre.  In addition to her position at LJP, Jacole is a freelance theatre director, she teaches acting and professional etiquette for UCSD Extension, and is a private acting coach.

Steven Grey Romande

Director at Large

Steven Grey Romande earned a BA from the University of Utah in Theater and Music, with a minor in Dance. He has performed at the Promenade Theater in New York, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Lincoln Center in New York, Papermill Playhouse, and the Century Plaza in LA. He is highly experienced in coaching and teaching acting and musical theatre to both youth and adults. Grey is a current member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Actors Equity Association, (AEA), and the Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD). He is a voting GRAMMY member of NARAS, the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences and has also been on the nominating committee for the SAG Film Awards since 2011. In addition to his work with the SDPAL, Steven has served as an artistic advisor to museums and organizations in Southern California and across the country.