San Diego Performing Arts League Announces New Executive Leadership

The San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL) has recently made changes to the executive
leadership of its Board of Directors.

Jay Henslee, Board President of the SDPAL
Jay Henslee, Board President is the Vice President of Consumer and Business Banking at U.S. Bank. Jay, a life-long lover of the arts, has also served on the board of City Ballet of San Diego,
Diversionary Theatre and Rebuilding Together. 

“The San Diego performing arts scene brings world-class talent and entertainment to the local region. I’m excited to continue our mission of making the arts accessible to all and positioning San Diego as a destination for arts and culture.”

James Saba, Board Vice-President is the Executive Director of San Diego Junior Theatre. With an extensive career in the arts, Saba has spent time on stage, and as a director of numerous productions in San Diego and on the East Coast. 

James Saba, Board Vice-President of the SDPAL
“No matter an organization’s size, scope, or budget, Covid-19 has dimmed the lights on virtually every stage in San Diego. Devastating as the downtime has been financially, this pause has inspired new conversations, collaborations, and connections, and exemplified the many benefits of an organization such as the San Diego Performing Arts League.”

Jacole Kitchen, Executive Director is the Artistic Programs Manager at La Jolla Playhouse.
Jacole is a freelance director, and also teaches acting, improv and professional etiquette for
UCSD Extension. 
Jacole Kitchen, Executive Director of the SDPAL
“In addition to the change in leadership, there are a number of changes taking place at SDPAL.  We are strengthening our teams and our programming with the goal of ensuring resiliency and longevity for theatre and performing arts in our community, so that they may continue to thrive in a way that reflects the strength and diversity of the city in which we serve.”

About the San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL)

Established in 1983, SDPAL has supported the San Diego performing arts community through
audience development and by providing resources, services and collaborative partnerships.
SDPAL operates ArtsTix, the only not-for-profit ticket vendor in the San Diego region, offering
tickets for performing arts and attractions at discounted rates. SDPAL also produces San Diego
Theatre Week, an annual 10-day celebration of the arts.

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