Andy Sandberg
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 recently served as President of the Browning Alumni Association.

Patricia Caswell
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.

Amy Wallace
Development Director 
(941) 475-2098, Ext. 2

Amy Wallace has a wide range of development experience, spending six years at New College Foundation in a variety of roles including fundraising, prospect research, donor relations, and database management. Most recently at New College, Amy held the position of director of philanthropy.

She spent many years in corporate financial services and human resources before transitioning to a career in nonprofit development and philanthropy. She holds the Blackbaud bCRE certification and is currently pursuing the Certificate in Fundraising Management designation through the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy. Amy is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Elizabeth Power 
Deputy Director/Operations Manager 
(941) 475-2098

Elizabeth Power joins the Hermitage Artist Retreat as Deputy Director/Operations Manager with more than 20 years of experience in music education and arts administration. 

Having started her study on the violin at age 8 in public school, by the age of 12 Elizabeth was encouraged to teach privately and has continued doing so for more than 25 years. 

Her love of classical music was ignited by the movie “Amadeus,” inspiring her to continue her study of music through college. She has earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Music in Viola Performance at The Hartt School at University of Hartford, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Graduate Studies at The Juilliard School.

Through her love of music education, Elizabeth found her niche in supporting the development of young artists. This led her to Sarasota, Florida in 1999 to serve as the Education Director at the Sarasota Orchestra, running youth orchestra and summer camp programs for students, and creating more than a dozen music classes for all ages, engaging young children through retirees. 

From 2004 through 2020, Elizabeth received the opportunity to work with Toby and Itzhak Perlman, running the 17-day PMP Winter Residency in Sarasota-Bradenton. This intensive program provides professional training for young international string students (ages 12-20+) of rare and special talent and invites the community to attend free and low-cost daily public events to hear them. As Executive Director of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Elizabeth expanded annual programs to include multiple week-long residences featuring graduates of The Perlman Music Program performing in schools and throughout the community, established a unique partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to present programs on their campus, and designed and launched the PMP/Suncoast Super Strings program, offering Florida-based string students (ages 8-18) the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with the PMP string students under the baton of international concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. 

Michael Salimbene
Executive Assistant/Program Coordinator
(941) 475-2098, Ext. 5

Originally from a small town in Ohio, Michael studied musical theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NY) and then filmmaking at the New School. Michael worked professionally as an actor up until 2013 before transitioning his career towards talent management.

Michael started as an intern at The Mine Agency and Nani/Saperstein Management before joining the mailroom at Innovative Artists Agency. In 2016, Michael joined the prestigious William Morris Endeavor Agency and worked inside the theater department under veteran agent David Kalodner. Michael had the privilege of working with renowned actors such as Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Cherry Jones, Emma Stone, Gavin Creel, Hugh Jackman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and many more.

Through it all, Michael’s passion for helping artists and making the entertainment industry more inclusive has been his biggest motivator. Michael strives to offer the best personal care and attention that Hermitage Artists Retreat prides itself on giving to all.

Lauren Jackson
Development Associate
(941) 475-2098, Ext. 7

Lauren has an extensive background in sales and management throughout the Gulf Coast region.

She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition, and she has dedicated much of her professional career to creating recipes and writing about food and tourism in Southwest Florida for publications like Sarasota Magazine and Visit Sarasota County. She has even conducted virtual cooking classes for the U.S. Elections Team at Google.

With her outgoing personality and creativity, Lauren proudly participates in women’s organizations like the Junior League of Sarasota and Designing Daughters. She truly values Sarasota County’s dedication to the nonprofit community and is honored to be able to give back through volunteerism.

Patricia Snyder
Grants Manager
(941) 475-2098

A native New Yorker, Pat Snyder devoted 23 years to bringing the arts to the East End of Long Island in innovative ways. She is recognized for her former role as the longtime executive director at East End Arts in Riverhead, NY, where she significantly expanded programming, leading the organization to enhanced visibility, substantial growth, and multi-award-winning status. Her legacy includes projects that serve and attract a diverse audience through creative placemaking and cultural tourism, programs that make art and music education accessible to all and building renovations that improved the downtown corridor.

Using the arts as a tool for community development, Pat initiated the Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival attracting a diverse audience to downtown to raise scholarship funds for music instruction; JumpstART, a professional development program for artists that introduced creative placemaking to Riverhead; Music Masters, a music intensive that partners professional musicians with highly motivated high school students, and the Teeny Awards, a beloved East End program recognizing the value of the high school theater experience for life skills. Pat was part of the founding collaboration for Long Island Jazz on the Vine, a public/private cultural tourism initiative bringing substantial economic impact to the East End of Long Island during the slow winter season.

Pat’s work has been recognized through multiple awards including Woman of the Year, Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award, Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award, National Arts Destination Marketing Award, WEHM Radio Unsung Hero Award, Arts & Culture Imagine Award, and more.