Meet The PARK DALE PLAYERS!
Pat & Joanna Lydersen
Director: Wendy Woolf
Dance Director: Joanna Lydersen
Lydersen has a Masters degree in theatre from Penn State
University and over thirty-five years experience as an
actress, director, teacher and playwright. She began her
career in Denver as an actress and teacher with the Colorado
Children's Theatre Company, and then as the director of
the Gove Community School Children's Theatre Ensemble,
a company composed of high school students developing
new plays for children. After a move to Corning, New York,
Lydersen worked as a drama and dance teacher, and received
a grant to form Tell-A-Tale Theatre, another company of
high school students performing original plays for children.
While in Corning, she also was active with the Community
Free Theatre, which produced her first two musicals--Christmas
Pudding and Ogres, Trolls, and Dragon Wings
. Next stop was Kansas City where Lydersen founded the
Heartland Players, a company which produced numerous Lydersen-written
plays, including There's a Monster in This Box!
which was presented at the first Johnson County Community
Theatre Festival. On moving to Encinitas in 1985, Lydersen
co-founded the Park Dale Players. Her plays (and her musicals
in collaboration with composer Wendy Woolf) have been
published and produced throughout the nation, as well
as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Woolf has been happily composing music to Pat Lydersen’s
plays since the mid 1990’s and together, Pat and
Wendy have collaborated on fifteen plays. Wendy is also
the music director of the Park Dale Players, as well
as their “one woman band.” Besides her duties
with Park Dale Players, she teaches art (www.carrillo-ranch.org)
and science in the Encinitas and Carlsbad schools, and
tries to find time to paint in oils (www.wendywoolf.blogspot.com).
Wendy lives with her husband, Larry, in La Costa, has
three grown children, and two adorable grandchildren.
who spent her elementary school and high school years
as a competitive gymnast, has a degree in Theater and
Dance from UCSD. She spent several years in L.A., where
she had numerous jobs as a dancer, and was a choreographer
for Santa Monica City College's "Synapse"
dance concerts. Joanna came back to San Diego to become a performer and teacher for Eveoke Dance Company downtown, and to start up both the Park Dale Players' hip hop program and her own youth dance company, Co-Motion. At present, along with her work for the Park Dale Players, Joanna teaches dance and theater for San Diego Junior Theater at their Balboa Park studios.