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Meet the Park Dale Players!

Our Staff:

Directors: Pat Lydersen & Joanna Griffin
Musical Director: Wendy Woolf
Dance Director: Joanna Griffin

Pat Lydersen

Pat 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.

Wendy Woolf


Although Wendy Woolf has a BA in Biology/Genetics from UCSD, she grew up playing piano, oboe, and guitar and has been happily composing music to Pat Lydersen’s plays since the mid 1990’s. Several of their musical collaborations have been published by Pioneer Drama. 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 and science in Encinitas and Carlsbad schools, and tries to find time to paint in oils. Wendy lives with her husband, Larry, in La Costa, has three grown children, and four adorable grandchildren. 

Joanna Griffin


Joanna, 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. She also taught theater and dance for several years with the San Diego Junior Theatre in Balboa Park.