Meet The Staff
Kandace Crystal, Artistic Director
Vice President of
Alli Mayville is originally from Park City, Utah but has lived in San Diego for most of her life. She is a San Diego State University graduate with a Bachelors in English. Her
current goal is to attain teaching certifications to teach English. Alli began her journey with The American History Theater as a writing intern and playwright for the original production CHOICE, about the widespread issue of bullying. Since then, has been honored with the position of Vice President of Operations.
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Diamante Clarke is a San Diego State University graduate, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He is the Marketing Director for The American History Theater, accepting the position after his graduation in May of 2020. Diamante came to The American History Theater during his last semester at SDSU as a marketing intern. His standout work ethic and initiative inspired organization officers to bring him onto the AHT team for good. Diamante is a long-time dedicated U-Haul employ, but looks to pursue acting in the future.
Kandace Crystal (she/her) is an Actor, Director, Producer, and Florida State University alum from Miami, FL. She is the Artistic Director of The American History Theater and the Associate Artistic Director of Trinity Theatre Company. In response to the disproportionate murder of black and brown people at the hands of police, Kandace developed a Podcast/Oral Documentary with Cloudcast Media entitled 8:46-The Catalyst for Change as a means of documenting feelings and responses to the current epidemic. She hopes to continue using her art to tell the stories of people whose stories need to be told.
Melissa is the Resident Director for American History Theater. Some shows she has mounted for AHT are Texas In Paris, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Belle of Amherst. Melissa has also been seen onstage around San Diego, most recently in Clybourne Park for Trinity Theatre. Some of her favorite roles are in The Odd Couple (AHT), Trojan Women (The Vex), The Vagina Monologues (Stone Soup), Dancing at Lughnasa (CMC), and Help Desk (Breeders). Before moving to San Diego, Melissa acted in San Antonio, Seattle, and the Western Slope of Colorado. She would like to thank her family and close friends for supporting her in following her dreams.
I am a 40 year veteran of show performances. Born and raised in New York, I worked my first show when I was 17 years old. My first exposure was as a "Roadie". I was only able to load and unload trucks and equipment. I persevered and worked my way into being a stage hand, then an assistant lighting tech. I did a few tours on the East coast and eventually went on a tour of Nigeria where I was allowed to create and perform my own light show. I moved to California in 1985. I was able to find various production companies on the West coast and finally did 5 years with PSAV. It's been a long, hard road but now volunteering is my way of "paying it forward".
My name is Leah Sides, I’m 17 years old. I work with The American History Theater as a stage manager and lights/technical assistant to my father, Albert Sides, who is the technical director. I’m currently a senior at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista. I feel that working with the The American History Theater helps me to build character, gives us valid knowledge and information on history and helps open both young and old minds up to theater, drama and performance.
Nathan Watkins is a veteran and local San Diego small business owner. He is the founder and owner of OMG Pools, a pool company that specializes in unique pools and environmentally clean maintaince. As a veteran, he was inspired to help The American History Theater in their mission any way he could. As part of technical support he helps to organize, maintain and move our theater equipment between or during shows. He is the father of three beautiful children and pursues all goals and business initiatives in beautiful San Diego, California.