Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer
Andy Sandberg was appointed artistic director and CEO of the Hermitage in 2019. An accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, Sandberg was selected to lead the organization following an extensive national search.
His theatrical work has been represented in New York City, London, and throughout the United States. In 2009, at the age of 25, he became one of the youngest producers in history to win a Tony Award. Sandberg’s Broadway and West End producing credits include the hit revival of Hair (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards); the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, and Eric McCormack (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations); and Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, a critically acclaimed new play starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei.
Sandberg recently directed the London premiere of Jeannette Bayardelle’s Shida, which opened to rave reviews and earned 2019 Off West End Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Lead Actress. He previously directed the world premiere of Shida Off-Broadway at Ars Nova (four AUDELCO Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical) and at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA). Sandberg has been represented Off-Broadway as the director of Straight, named a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times, which cited that the production was “directed with polished finesse.” He previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Application Pending, a comedy about kindergarten admissions (BroadwayWorld Award: Best Off-Broadway Play, Drama Desk Nomination: Outstanding Solo Show, Winner: Book Pipeline Prize). Additional world premieres that he has directed include Alan Brody’s historical drama Operation Epsilon (four IRNE Awards, including Best Play and Best Director), the Off-Broadway comedy Craving for Travel (also co-author), and the Off-Broadway musicals The Last Smoker in America, Neurosis, and R.R.R.E.D.
Born and raised in New York, Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in English and Theater Studies. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Off-Broadway League. He has served on the boards of The Browning School (NYC), the Yale Dramatic Association, the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association, and the Yale Alley Cats Alumni Organization (founder and longtime president). He currently serves as president of the Browning Alumni Association.
Co-Founder and Program Director
Patricia Caswell founded the Hermitage in 2001 with Syd Adler. She directs its public literary and arts programing and its residency program. Patricia created the concept of an artist retreat at the Hermitage; negotiated the county’s land lease; nurtured it as a subsidiary of the Sarasota County Arts Council; incorporated it as an entity; oversaw renovation and redesign of its historic houses; and has raised millions of dollars for capital campaigns and programs. Patricia created several Hermitage traditions, including artist-friendly scheduling, free public programs, popular sunset beach readings, and beloved beach dinners.
As executive director of the Sarasota County Arts Council, a $1.4 million non-profit agency, she developed and led a grant program awarding $15 million to Sarasota County arts organizations. A registered lobbyist on behalf of the arts, Patricia led advocacy campaigns for arts funding and is responsible for the first county-wide strategic arts plan. She started Sarasota County’s first public art ordinance and several other initiatives that broaden the scope of the arts in Sarasota. When arts in the schools were cut, Patricia mounted a campaign resulting in the first district in the U.S. to return arts to classrooms after being de-funded. She initiated the John Ringling Towers Grants for Individual Artists and Historic Preservation and started Sarasota’s Arts Leadership Award.
Patricia received the Sarasota County Tourism Leader of the Year award and the NCJW Woman of Power award. She was TV host/ interviewer of Comcast’s Sarasota Arts Today. Patricia has been named one of Sarasota’s 50 most influential people by Sarasota Magazine, and is a member of Leadership Florida. She was recently honored by a gift from Gerri Aaron of $250,000 to start the Hermitage Founders Fund endowment.
Patricia’s service on boards of directors includes: The Florida Arts Council; The County Economic Development Corp.; Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies President; Florida Cultural Alliance; Sarasota County League of Women Voters; SRQ Airport Advisory Board; Leaders Council of the USF; Non-Profit Resource Center Advisory Board; The Hermitage Board of Trustees, founding member.
She has been a choral director, taught music in public and private schools, and sung leading roles in musical theater. She has a B.A. in music from Edinboro College and continued studies in music at FSU and USF. She is married to attorney Chris Caswell and has a son Ben and daughter Shanley.
Sara Krusenstjerna brings extensive, executive-level experience to the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Sara oversees all aspects of the Hermitage’s development operation, including fundraising initiatives, corporate and foundation relations, community outreach, major gifts, and planned giving.
Most recently, Sara served as director of philanthropic planning for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where she was responsible for developing the legacy giving program and fostering partnerships with regional estate planning professionals. Before the BSO, Sara worked for 10 years in academic fundraising: She was director of development at the University of Arizona, and vice president of philanthropy at New College Foundation in Sarasota. Also in the Sarasota County region, Sara served as a consultant with numerous social services and arts organizations, including the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Sarasota County Arts Council, Asolo Rep, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, and Child Protection Center.
Sara holds a B.A. in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She also pursued post-graduate research in sociology at the University of Edinburgh as a Rotary scholar.
Dutch-born artist Jacobina Trump is a business coach, speaker, educator, painter, and author who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Holland. After receiving her bachelor’s degree there she became a professor of design and typography at the same institution. She earned an M.F.A. after two years of teaching.
Jacobina’s professional path has included serving as a stage set designer, photographer, art director and decorative painter. In 2006, Jacobina proudly became a U.S. citizen and moved to Indianapolis, where she served on the grants panel at the Arts Council of Indianapolis and organized annual open house arts events at the Stutz Business Center.
In 2010, Jacobina finished a large-scale mural for the University of Miami. She lives in Englewood and has developed her own style of painting.