Application for Creative Catalyst Program

About Us:

While Carla Nell will be the individual grant recipient for this project, there is a team that will work together to see this project through to fruition. We have created this page so that you can see all the essential members for this project and learn more about them.


CARLA NELL                        STEVE FROEHLICH                       DELIA KNIGHT

Artistic Director                                                       Producer/Actor                                                                         Writer

619-992-2290 •                    619-804-1709 •                    415-939-7718 •

The following Testimonial is by Justin Hudnall, executive director of So Say We All and producer of Incoming, a KPBS podcast that allows veteran writers to tell their stories. Justin was on our panel of veterans at the Disappearing Act talkback, and wrote and performed an original monologue in this year's production of The MENding Monologues.


"Working with InnerMission Productions was one of those all-too-rare opportunities that allows for an individual to parallel their artistic development with their personal growth, in a way that not only betters their craft but their soul and psychological health, neither at the expense of the other. My experience working with the company left me with both an artistic product to be proud of as well as a renewed sense of commitment that the arts are truly a demonstrably vital vehicle to improving the quality of life of my community, precisely because it was curated by such capable hands as this company has at its disposal. I'm immensely grateful for being able to work with them and would recommend the opportunity to anyone who values both collaborative art and civic investment. InnerMission is nothing less than heroic in their scope and mission."


- Justin Hudnall


Carla Nell is the Artistic Director of InnerMission Productions, which recently won the Don Braunagel Award for Achievement by a Small Theatre at the 2016 Craig Noel Awards. She is an SDSU graduate with an MPA in Public Administration and a BA in Theatre Arts.


Carla has over 18 years of experience acting and directing in the San Diego theatre community. In 2005 she was featured in the KPBS special documentary: Trial by Fire, The Making of a Theatre Professional.

At SDSU, she directed and co-produced the campus's premier production of The Vagina Monologues. Now in its thirteenth year, the community campaign has raised more than $120,000 for local charities working to end violence against women.


Locally she has produced and directed several world- and San Diego- premiere plays, and she assistant directed Hold Please at The Old Globe Theatre. Recent credits include directing the San Diego Premiere of Precious Little as the inaugural show in InnerMission's first full season, co-producing and co-directing the San Diego premiere of No Child by Nilaja Sun with Mesa College Theatre Department, directing the world premiere of Persuasion written by Jane Austen and adapted by Jon Jory at Onstage Playhouse, 
and directing The Coffee Shop Chronicles 
performed at The Big Kitchen in association
with New Play Cafe.


Carla is a member of the Pasadena Playhouse Directors Lab West, she has participated in The Native Voices playwrights retreat and festival of new plays and has studied acting at The American Conservatory Theatre.


For more info on Carla and her work:


InnerMission wins a Craig Noel Award

Craig Noel Award Acceptance Speech

InnerMission's Blog

InnerMission's Facebook page

Carla's Facebook page

Carla on IMDB

2015 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards


Steve Froehlich is a local actor and producer. He has an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Management from SDSU and a B.A. in  Journalism with honors (cum laude) from SDSU. After college, Steve worked in the San Diego TV market, holding multiple positions in TV production for both news and live sporting  events throughout Southern California. He worked for every TV station in San Diego except WB.   


He went on to get his  MBA paid for as an analyst at a government contracting Firm before starting his own business, a personal training studio in downtown San Diego. After the downturn in the ’08 market, he briefly managed an exterior

Residential remodeling construction company and a local fitness chain before teaming up with his friend, who invented the BOSU Balance Trainer, to help run his  research-and-development lab for new fitness products            and programming. Steve was also in charge of all video production  for BOSU Fitness. During this 5-year span,  Steve became an actor and producer and at the end of 2013 went full-time into the Entertainment industry.


As an actor, his local theatre credits include: Disappearing Act (world premiere) by 

InnerMission Productions at Diversionary’s BlackBox Theatre; Orange Julius (world           

premiere) at Moxie Theatre; The Nutcracker (adaptation) at New Village Arts;         

Reasons to Be Pretty (West Coast premiere) and Bug at Ion Theatre. He has appeared in 6 feature films, over 30 short films and multiple local TV commercials. His national commercials include: Rosetta Stone, Life Lock (with Montel Williams) and National University. His partial feature film credits include: Voices of Midway (playing in the USS Midway Museum) and Revelation Road on Netflix. Steve works with the San Diego-based lighting company “Solatube” for their ongoing print campaign. He has trained with world-renowned acting coach Larry Moss in Los 

Angeles since 2012.


As a producer, he is the Co-Executive Producer for the multiple award-winning web series  Blood  Brothers. On a budget of about $50,000, Blood Brothers was shot over 8 days, completing 3 out of 19 episodes. The show was accepted into 15 festivals, winning 7 festivals overall (for best Web series and/or best short) and also winning 7 other awards (Best Director x2, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Design, Sexiest Actor). Blood Brothers swept the San Diego Film Awards winning 6 of 9 awards it was nominated for. Steve also  received an all-expenses paid trip to Marseille, France, for acceptance into the Marseille Web Fest. Almost $10,000 of the budget was raised through multiple crowd-funding campaigns on Blood Brothers is currently in discussion for optioning/distribution with a Los Angeles-based producer. Funds are also being raised to finish the remaining 16 episodes.


Recently Steve helped produce 3 segments on the new local 6-part KPBS series, Film InDiego, with Executive Producer Jodi Cilley. Steve has also been an associate producer or production assistant on 5 other projects in the last few months.


For more info on Steve and his work:

Professional Resume

Acting Resume

Acting Clips




Blood Brothers Webpage

Blood Brothers YouTube

Film InDiego on KPBS


Delia Knight is a writer and activist. Her play Disappearing Act had its world premiere in San Diego this past December. She has enjoyed performing on San Diego stages with local theatre companies, including InnerMission Productions and Circle Circle Dot Dot. In addition she has performed her own writings with So Say We All's VAMP program. Disappearing Act marked her first full length play. Delia is passionate about veterans' issues and continues to develop work that encompasses the nuances of life after active duty. In her spare time Delia can be found scrawling first drafts with fountain pens, drinking strong black coffee, and eating berry pie a la mode.


For more info on Delia and her work:

Delia on why she wrote Disappearing Act

Poetry Blog


2015 Production:

InnerMission Archive Page

Show Program


Promo Videos:

The cast talks about the show's significance

Disappearing Act gets rave reviews



Jon Reimer (San Diego Reader)

Jean Lowerison (SDGLN)

Pat Launer (Times of San Diego)

Pam Kragen (San Diego Union Tribune)

Bill Eadie (San Diego Story)


'2015 Best of San Diego' mentions:

Jean Lowerison (SDGLN)

Jeff Smith (San Diego Reader)


Veteran Blog:

Kurt Kalbfleisch discusses Disappearing Act


"When I was first introduced to InnerMission Productions six years ago, they were described as 'the most inspiring women you will ever meet.' I've since come to understand how apt that description is. The hallmark and foundation of all their work is compassionate sensitivity, whatever the project. They have helped me identify what Neruda called the 'kicking in my soul,' and nurtured the development of my craft as a writer and performer. Speaking as a veteran and a survivor, they are my artistic home, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no part of my life they have not affected deeply and positively. I am not alone there; they've done the same for many, many others. That I get to keep working with InnerMission is both my fondest wish and my most enduring source of amazement. I am profoundly grateful. And yes,
I am inspired."

-Kurt "Yoda" Kalbfleisch,

United States Navy Veteran