Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Kristina Lawson-McKay


Kristina Lawson-McKay, a graduate of Penn State University. Recently relocated to San Diego from Nashville, TN where she was very active in film and theatre. After completing a community education program in Film I, II, and III at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film she produced, wrote, and directed over 15 short films, many under her former production company Bottled Fairy Light Productions. She loved participating in film festivals most notably the Nashville 48 Hour Film festival where she and her team took home several awards. Kristina has also acted in many short films, plays, in-house commercials and an appearance in the movie Smart People with Sara Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid, and Elliot Page. She was an actor and charter board member of Center Stage Players in Nitro, WV and had a short internship with the Nashville Repertory Theater. Kristina has also been a part-time sub teacher and tutor for over 13 years in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. She has a passion for the performing arts especially in its capacity to educate and expose people to other cultures and ideas through entertainment. Kristina is beyond excited to be working with OnStage Playhouse to help bring quality ‘Theatre Worth Talking About’ to her new Chula Vista community.

Carla Navarro


Carla Navarro is a Latin-American actress who thrives on art that encompasses experimentation and awareness. She earned her theatre degree in Santiago, Chile where she ran her theatre company until relocating to San Diego in 2007. Since then, she has appeared on multiple San Diego stages, including OSP’s. Aside from being a theatre-maker, Carla is a NALA Certified Paralegal® and the proud owner of First Paralegal. For the last decade, she has worked for law firms in business and litigation matters, has formed hundreds of companies in the US and assisted with compliance aspects for the same. Carla is honored to be a Board Member of OnStage Playhouse and looks forward to assisting in keeping its mission and creating Theatre Worth Talking About.

Javier Guerrero


Javier Guerrero began acting in high school when he took a drama class to get over his fear of public speaking. He was surprisingly good at it and went on to pursue a degree in Theatre at SDSU (under Randy Reinholz) and then furthering his studies (under Jim Wise) at Penn State’s School of Acting. Today Javier is a professional actor based in San Diego. He is currently represented by the Shamon Freitas Talent Agency. Some of Javier’s on-camera credits include playing the principal role in an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” and appearing in commercials for “The General Insurance”, “Mission Fed” and “Cox Cable”. His theatre credits include playing the role of: Missionary Matt in San Diego Reps production of “Into The Beautiful North”, Nelson in the New Village Arts production of “Cloud Tectonics” and Abel in the Moxie Theatre production of “Fade”. Javier was nominated for a 2018 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle “Craig Noel Award” for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play.

Members at Large

Salomón Maya

Marketing Director

Salomón Maya is an Emmy winning producer/writer as well as local actor with past regional credits including: San Diego REP (Manifest Destinitis, Beachtown, Bad Hombres Good Wives), La Jolla Playhouse (El Henry), Diversionary Theatre (A Kind of Weather), Innermission Productions (Church) Onstage Playhouse (A Bright New Boise, Coyote on a Fence) and Point Loma Playhouse (A Permanent Image). Salomón is also a local playwright who has produced work for Out on a Limb at Scripps Ranch Theatre (anomaly.exe), Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival at SD Rep (Gridlock), as well as “Mugre”, a world premiere comedy to be showcased at Onstage Playhouse for their 40th season. Salomón currently works as a Media Producer and Copywriter.

Kevin "Blax" Burroughs

Technical Director

Kevin “Blax” Burroughs is nicknamed the “Theatrical Swiss Army Knife” as he is a singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer & lighting designer. He is the recipient of the “Outstanding Specialty Award” from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for his body of work in all fields during 2022. He is also a multi-nominated BroadwayWorld Regional Award recipient as a performer and lighting designer and also an award winning director. Blax also holds many National Youth Arts Awards nominations and wins for his work within the youth theatrical community. He has been the Resident Lighting Designer for OnStage Playhouse since Late 2021. He is also the Co-Founder and Production Manager for his company Teatro San Diego founded in the heart of the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2020. Throughout Southern California he has worked with companies such as Moonlight Stage Productions, CCAE Theatricals, New Village Arts, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, Cygnet Theatre, LEGOLAND California Resort, San Diego Musical Theatre, Coronado Playhouse, Carlsbad Playreaders, San Diego Ballet, Common Ground Theatre (Resident Choreographer for 2 years), Oceanside Theatre Company, Loud Fridge Theatre Group, Scripps Ranch Theatre and many youth theatre companies and educational institutions.

Aline King

Member at Large

Aline has been a long-time supporter of SD theater and would like a chance to support OnStage. Proud of the work done here she wants to further knowledge about this hidden jewel. Past Trainer, 16 years with Human Resources of SD County Health and Human Services, Americans for the Dept. of Peace, Docent for 7 years at Chula Vista Nature Center, and Puppeteer for SD Opera Education Outreach.

Staff Member

James P. Darvas

Interim Artistic Director

James has been a proud resident of San Diego for the past 15 years, prior to that he resided in Cleveland Ohio. James’ passion for theatre began as a young gay plopped down in the middle of a pig farm. He first graced the stage at the age of 8 and hasn’t looked back since. He has graced the stage in numerous states and is super happy to call OSP his home. He has been the Artistic Director since 2019 following in the graceful footsteps of Ms. Teri Brown. He is proud to continue the challenging, inspiring, and contemporary works that she debuted in this space. He hopes that you will support OSP’s mission of inclusivity and representation in San Diego theatre. It’s important, it’s necessary, and it is what’s needed not only to survive, but to thrive!

Are you passionate about the performing arts?

We are currently seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team and help shape the future of OnStage Playhouse. If you’re interested in getting involved, please don’t hesitate to fill out the form below. We will provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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