Our Artists

Meet the resident artists.

For an organization dedicated to bringing together career artists and children, there are few better places to be based than San Francisco.

We are fortunate to have so many talented practitioners in our midst, who also embrace our passion for education and belief in the power of art to transform young lives. All Artists-in-Residence undergo a rigorous interview process that includes live demonstration classroom work, and many are bilingual. Those artists who have worked with children in our programs for more than seven years—be it in the classroom, at summer camp, during after-school programs, and leading weekend workshops—all the while maintaining and expanding their own artistic practices, earn the title of SFArtsED Master Artist.

Christine Armand

Theater, since 2013

Christine Armand has been teaching drama to lower school students for twenty years. She is a trained theatrical performer, published playwright, and dynamic instructor, who is dedicated to the arts as a teaching tool. Ms. Armand has an MA in theater from SF State University, and has run her own week-long Creative Storytelling camps and taught at many Bay Area schools. A well-rounded theatrical artist, Ms. Armand has performed in many local productions and starred in an original play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is particularly proud of her own troupe, The PrimaMommas, with whom she performs in a popular play that she also co-wrote: “Stretchmarks: Growing Into Motherhood.” The piece has enjoyed many sold-out shows in the Bay Area and on the East Coast.

Alexis Arnold, Master Artist

Visual Arts, since 2011

Alexis Arnold is a San Francisco artist whose work explores the visual display of time, perception and natural history through the transformation of varied materials. Her work has been exhibited internationally—including at the Aspen Art Museum, Napa Valley Museum, Whatcom Museum, Southern Exposure, Workshop Residence, The New York Hall of Science, and San Francisco Arts Commission—and is included in the collections of SFMoMA, the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University, and MediaMath. Ms. Arnold holds an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Art from Kenyon College. In addition to teaching with SFArtsED, she mentors students through Leap, and has previously taught at SFAI Public Education, Root Division, Head-Royce School, and more.

Jeanette Au

Visual Arts, since 2010

Jeanette Au was raised in New York and trained in visual arts at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts—also known as the Fame school. She holds a BFA in interdisciplinary studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in knitwear design from the Academy of Art University. Ms. Au’s work blurs and transgresses the boundaries between fashion and art, exploring cross-cultural dialogues and liminal space. Her knitwear collection has been presented at New York Fashion Week, and she has taught undergraduate fashion courses at Academy of Art University and offers textile art instruction throughout the Bay Area. As an educator, she shares inspiration, process, and an exploration of material and techniques in order to discover—and to delight—in the unexpected.

Agelio Batle, Master Artist

Visual Arts, since 1994

The investigative nature of Agelio Batle’s work may stem from his background in the sciences, as his BA from UC Santa Barbara is in Biology. Not wishing to pursue a career in science, Mr. Batle returned to his lifelong interest in art and earned an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), graduating with High Distinction honors. Batle’s artwork includes stage design, art installation, performance art, drawing, and sculpture, and has been shown in museums and galleries across the United States—including the American Craft Museum in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Mr. Batle’s work is in the collections of Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton, George Lucas, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, among others.

Keta Bill

Music, 2001-2012

Keta Bill received her BA in theater and music from Western Illinois University. A performer and studio vocalist in the Bay Area for more than thirty years—with such bands as the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat, and shows such as “Teatro Zinzanni,”—she continues to record for commercials, film, and CD projects. Ms. Bill teaches singing and chorus for Brisbane Dance Workshop, ODC, and Spindrift School of Performing Arts and offers private piano and guitar lessons. She has worked in early childhood music and movement for more than twenty years, and teaches at various preschools as well as the Blue Bear School of Music.

Araya Boonbandansook

Visual Arts, since 2016

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Araya Boonbandansook moved to Providence, Rhode Island, to pursue a BFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she developed an interest in the intersection between art and craft. Her artistic practice involves experimenting with paint, textiles, and fibers and explores her relationship to tradition in connection with her cross-cultural upbringing. Ms. Boonbandansook is also an educator who shares inspiration, exploration of material, and technique to discover new ways of approaching traditional painting and drawing media.

David Brown

Musical Theater, since 2013

Bay Area native David Brown has many years of music directing experience, having previously worked with Throckmorton Youth Performers, Menlo School, Palo Alto Children's Theater, Performing Arts Academy of Marin, Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company, and the Berkeley Playhouse. Favorite directing credits include Mr. Irresistible (Alcazar Theater, San Francisco), Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale (PlayGround, San Francisco), and Spamalot (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa). Mr. Brown is also a composer, and has written music inspired by the songs of Dolly Parton for a production of Blood Wedding (Bigger Than a Breadbox Co., San Francisco). He is a graduate of Brown University, where he received the Weston Award in Music for piano performance.

Rhonda Crane, Master Artist

Music, since 2005

Rhonda Crane began singing professionally in 1989, and has shared the stage all over the world with such artists as Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Zap Mama, Chick Chorea, Al Green, Holly Near, Manhattan Transfer, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, and Wynton Marsalis, and is currently a member of the band CHELLE! and Friends. Ms. Crane’s vocal talents developed in the Baptist church—she began serving as a church pianist at 16 at the historic Third Baptist Church in San Francisco—and she studied classical piano and viola through college, where she majored in Music and Education at San Jose State University. In addition to performing, Ms. Crane is sought out for studio work, and she also teaches piano and voice to children in the San Francisco, Belmont, and Oakland Unified School Districts; and gospel music to adults in the Marin Adult & Community Education program.

Flo Dabokemp

Dance, since 2018

Flo Dabokemp is a hip-hop dance teacher and dancer based in San Francisco. After studying ballet, modern, and jazz, she began her hip-hop dance training at the age of 15 with Allan Frias, Director of Mind Over Matter dance company, with whom she also performed for six years. Soon after graduating high school, Ms. Dabokemp embarked as a performing artist and teacher in the youth program at Dance Mission Theater and Chinese American International School. Her recording career has led to appearances on shows such as BET’s “106th and Park,” and she has opened for major artists such as LLOYD and J Holiday. Ms. Dabokemp pursued studies in music business at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and continues teaching with Dance Mission Theater and producing music and dance projects with local and international artists.

Michelle Drexler

Theater, since 2016

Michelle Drexler is a San Francisco native and a direct product of the public arts education provided by Lowell High School's drama program and by Rec and Park's Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company (YPTMTC). She works as a teaching artist with the Berkeley Playhouse and San Francisco Shakespeare Company. As an actor, she has worked regionally and with local companies including TheatreWorks, San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, and Berkeley Playhouse.

Danny Duncan, Master Artist

Theatrical Director/Dramaturge, since 1991

Danny Duncan has served as Director of the San Francisco Arts Education Players since its inception. He wrote the libretti and song lyrics for eight SFArtsED Event of the Year performances and created three original musicals for the SFArtsED Players.

A native San Franciscan, Mr. Duncan has worked in the Bay Area most of his life, including as Founder and Artistic Director of Duncan & Company, which toured the West Coast for seven years. Mr. Duncan's writing career began in 1969 with Uhuruh, which appeared Off Broadway in New York at the City Center Theatre. Since then, he has authored and produced eight original musicals, including Billie’s Song—winner of six Bay Area Critic Awards, including Best Musical of 1982.

Mr. Duncan is also the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his choreography for the TheatreWorks production of RAISIN—a musical adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play—as well as the Dean Goodman Choice Award for outstanding achievement in theatre. Mr. Duncan has served as Artistic Director for the Mayor's Summer Youth Program (Bayview Hunter's Point) and for United Projects, an arts organization that trains young people in the performing arts. Mr. Duncan has taught at American Conservatory Theater and was a longtime member of the faculty of the Oakland School of the Arts, where he also directed their main stage musical.

Laura Elaine Ellis

Dance, since 1990

Laura Ellis is a member of faculty of the Theater and Dance department at Cal State University East Bay, for whom she has choreographed numerous productions. With colleague Kimiko Guthrie she co-directed and co-choreographed A Chorus Line—which garnered critical praise and was the catalyst for CSUEB’s Musical Theater program. Ms. Ellis has also staged productions for Open Opera, Festival Opera, George Coates Performance Group, Douglass Morrison Theater, and Theatre Rhinoceros. A principal dancer with Dimensions Dance Theater, she has appeared in works by Emily Keeler, Donald McKayle, Garth Fagan, Deborah Vaughan, Joan Lazarus, Anne Bluethenthal, Kim Epifano, and Robert Moses; and is co-founder of the award-winning Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now. In the summer of 2017 Ms. Ellis was a co-choreographer of Ragtime—a co-production of SFArtsED and the SF Bay Area Theatre Company performed at the Nourse Theater.

Caitlin Evenson

Theater, since 2017

Caitlin Evenson has taught theater camps with TheatreWorks, Cal Shakes, and SF Shakes, and toured with the TheatreWorks educational Oskar shows—which teach children about gender expression and anti-bullying. She has also toured with SF Shakes' production of Macbeth, and has performed at such theaters as Livermore Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the Breadbox, Cutting Ball Theater, Ragged Wing Ensemble, PlayGround, Theatre Pub, Los Altos Stage Company, and PianoFight. She holds an honors degree in History and a minor in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and is a proud recipient of the 2015-16 TBA TITAN award.

Marcus Dyson, Master Artist

Music, since 2005

Marcus Dyson, the Minister of Music at Calvary Hill Community Church in San Francisco, has been leading choruses since the age of twelve. Mr. Dyson has also served as Minister of Music at Monument of Love Fellowship in San Diego, making musical appearances on BET and TBN with top recording artists such as Andrae Crouch, Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones, Destiny’s Child, and Kelly Price. Mr. Dyson’s debut CD was released in August, 2007. As Minister of Music, Mr. Dyson started the first youth choir for True Hope COGIC in San Francisco, and has taught Chorus class at Eugene McAteer High School.

Zoe Farmer

Ceramics, since 2014

Before moving to the Bay Area in 2012, Zoe Farmer spent twelve years teaching at a diverse public school in London. A practicing artist since 2007, Ms. Farmer has shown her work in both London and San Francisco and earned an MFA in Fine Sculpture at California College of the Arts. Ms. Farmer’s art practice is interdisciplinary, and she works with a range of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways. A scuba diver with a life-long interest and investment in marine biology and a strong belief in our connection to the ocean, Ms. Farmer’s work seeks to explore the instability created when social constructs influence the fabrication of scientific truth. Ultimately, the social constructions of our society become conspicuous and limiting against the adaptable, fluid bodies of the animals and organisms that she observes.

Erin Gentry

Musical Theater, since 2010

Erin Gentry studied at the University of San Francisco, graduating with a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice with an emphasis on dance, and has training in tap, jazz, and contemporary styles. A longtime musical theater lover, she is a choreographer, performer, and collaborator, and has performed onstage from a young age. Favorite past shows include Cabaret, Chicago, Urinetown! The Musical, Hairspray, and—most recently—her role as Cassie in A Chorus Line. During her time at USF, Ms. Gentry staged such musicals as Songs for a New World and Reefer Madness, and also worked with incarcerated men in the Resolve to Stop The Violence Program. As part of the SFArtsED family, Ms. Gantry has been an Artist-in-Residence, an instructor for the Broadway Bound summer camps, and a co-choreographer for the Players musical theater troupe.

Natalie Greene, Master Artist

Dance and Musical Theater, since 2003

Natalie Greene is a performer, teacher, and choreographer who explores both traditional and innovative combinations of dance and theater. She is part of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco, where she co-directs the Dance Generators with Amie Dowling. Ms. Greene also teaches through SFArtsED and the ODC School, and has served as Dance Faculty at San Francisco State University. She has performed with Kim Epifano, Deborah Slater, Emily Keeler, Kelly Kemp, Leyya Tawil, and Mary Armentrout, and her choreography has been presented locally at ODC Theater, the Garage, John Sims, Shotwell Studios, and Dance Mission, as well as at venues across the country. Ms. Greene also creates performances with youth, teens, seniors, incarcerated adults, and college students, which have been performed in such venues as the Eureka Theater, the de Young Museum, the Marsh, the Fromm Institute, County Jail #8, College of San Mateo, and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.

Angelina Labate

Dance, since 2018

Angelina Labate is a dancer, choreographer, storyteller, “artivist,” documentarian, and founding director of Snowflake Productions, which “celebrates our dance communities and their stories through choreography, videography, and photography.” She teaches hip-hop and house dance throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Labate holds an AA and an African Heritage Dance Certificate from CCSF, and a BA in World Arts and Cultures/ Dance with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education from UCLA. She is passionate about working with youth to pass on the knowledge and history that has been shared with her, while providing a space where young dancers can hone their craft and fully express themselves. For Ms. Labate, the best parts of teaching dance involve building technique, supporting freestyle and free expression, pushing dance as political action, embracing community, encouraging joy, facilitating the learning process, and respecting the gift that each dancer brings to the floor.

G. Scott Lacy

Musical Theater, since 2014

G. Scott Lacy has directed more than 150 productions for such companies as the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, the Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Diablo Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Malashock Dance Company, and many others. Mr. Lacy was also honored with a 2009 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on Dames At Sea at NCTC.

Mr. Lacy has had the honor of working with some of the theater’s finest directors, including Des McAnuff, Michael Greif, Neel Keller, Peter Schneider, Les Waters, and Regina Taylor. A sought-after vocal coach, he has worked with Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe- Award-winning performers and his younger students have attended such prestigious universities as NYU, Harvard, Carnegie Melon, North Carolina School of the Arts, UCSD, UCLA, and Sarah Lawrence. Also a celebrated cabaret performer, Mr. Lacy is the creator and founding partner of Society Cabaret in San Francisco.

Kyle Limin

Dance, since 2013

Kyle Limin received his BA in dance from San Francisco State University. He has been a dancer and contributing choreographer to several Bay Area groups, including FunkBeyond Control, Mind Over Matter, and Project Em. He is a principal dancer with Funkanometry SF, and teaches for Brisbane Dance Workshop as well as workshops throughout the country.

Sydney Lozer

Musical Theater, since 2013

Sydney Lozier is a Bay Area dancer and teacher who has found so much joy in working with the SFArtsED Players. A graduate of the Performing Arts and Social Justice program at University of San Francisco, she is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Education at the same institution. With more than seventeen years of technical training in jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance, Ms. Lozer has had the opportunity to perform with choreographers such as Eli Nelson, Jenny Mcallister, Natalie Greene, Amie Dowling, and Brenton Cheng. Recent works include an ensemble role in South of Market: The Musical, ODC Pilot with dance collective Hers and Hers, and presentation of solo work Exploration of the Face at the Theater of Yugen Noh.

Alfie Macias, Master Artist

Music, since 2001

Alfie Macias has dedicated his music, dance and educational career to working with underserved youth and communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, using drum and dance as effective vehicles for social and political justice while promoting cultural awareness and a healthy lifestyle.

He has worked with Mission District Bateria/Bloco and youth organization Loco Bloco as a bateria/percussion director, instructor, performer, and Cuban salsa choreographer. Mr. Macias was also instrumental in creating the Loco Bloco Teen Ensemble Crew (ages 13-20), which produced the multimedia satire musicals Illusions, Livin’ Loco, and School House Rock, and he is currently co-artistic director of Sambaxé & Bateria Bloco. In collaboration with Youth Art Exchange and SFJAZZ, Mr. Macias created two special projects, the Traditional Percussion/Ensemble Internship for high school students and the DigiBeats music production/performance program. Mr. Macias has also been a longtime accompanist for the Rhythm & Motion Dance Program since 1994.

Adam Maggio

Theater, since 2017

Adam Maggio is a San Francisco native and an alumnus of the SFArtsED Players and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. He received his BFA from the conservatory at the University of Miami. As an Equity actor, he has worked Off-Broadway in New York, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He is a company member of Mile Square Theater in Hoboken, New Jersey, and a founding company member of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO).

Rachel Major

Visual Arts, since 2017

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Rachel Major is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ms. Major lived and worked in Paris for two years before moving to San Francisco in 1994 and receiving an MFA from Mills College. In her work, which has been shown in France, Canada, and the United States, Ms. Major investigates our complex and often fraught relationship with food using a variety of media—including sculpture, painting, and photography. She has been making art with children for more than ten years, and enjoys connecting art with science and working collaboratively with open-ended materials—exploring everything from airplanes to zoetropes.

Katie Mallooly

Dance, since 2016

Katie Malooly has been dancing since she was 6 years old and started taking classes in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. At 17, she began teaching, and by 18 was dancing professionally. Ms. Mallooly has performed and choreographed for many Bay Area dance companies and recording artists, including Loose Change, Felonious, and L10, and she thrives on teaching students of all ages and levels.

Laura Marsh

Dance, since 2005

Laura Marsh hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where she received a BFA in Dance and Theatre from the University Of Memphis in 1992. After graduating, she performed and choreographed with Project: Motion, for whom she became co-artistic director. In 1997, Ms. Marsh was awarded first prize in Tennessee Association Of Dance’s annual choreography competition. She has taught creative dance, modern, and ballet, and since moving to the Bay Area has performed with Megan Nicely and Company, Right Brain Performance Lab, Nina Galin Music and Dance, and Steamroller. Ms. Marsh has also taught dance at Synergy School, ODC, Rhythm and Motion, and Brisbane Dance Workshop, to name a few.

Tom Mayock

Dance, since 2010

Tom Mayock has performed, choreographed, and taught professionally at ballet, jazz, and modern dance companies in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Alaska, the Bay Area, and Washington, D.C., as well as El Teatro Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador (modern, indigenous, and classical). He attended Cornish College of the Arts, and his choreography for children has been featured on Evening Magazine. Mr. Mayock has also choreographed three musicals for a nationally recognized private high school and was co-Artistic Director of Sun Valley Elementary School’s World Dance Festival. Mr. Mayock has been a teaching artist for several organizations serving children, including SFArtsED.

Melinda Neal-Cofresi

Dance, since 2008

Melinda Neal-Cofresi is a BFA candidate in dance at Saint Mary’s College. She trained at the Oakland Ballet Academy under Ronn Guidi and studied locally at Shawl Anderson and the San Francisco Dance Center. She is certified to teach ballet by the Dance Masters of America, and has performed with Simply Pasquale, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Ballet, Udance Electra, New Trails Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet Academy, and Solano Civic Ballet. Ms Neal-Cofresi is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Halal Ballet Theatre, a non-profit youth ballet company and also teaches for Dance Network.

Tiersa Nureyev, Master Artist

Fashion Design, since 2006

Ms. Nureyev's body of work resides in the intersection between art, design and craft. Her entry point into these disciplines is typically textile-based, materials driven, hands-on, and coupled with an emphasis on artistic inquiry and collaboration.

Ms. Nureyev has designed costumes for film, musical theatre, dance, and performance art; and has worked with fellow artists to create fiber-based elements, structures, and garments for gallery projects and set design. She is the co-founder of the collaborative design studio Stella Fluorescent, which works with natural dyers, wood artisans, metal smiths, and painters to create sustainably created collections that are sold in fashion boutiques and design stores. She also leads summer youth programs that explore the nature of fashion as identity, and regularly collaborates with artists residing in San Quentin Prison. An active SFArtsED Artist-in-Residence in the public schools, Ms. Nureyev also sits on the SFArtsED Board of Directors.

Richard Olsen, Master Artist

Visual Arts, since 1993

Richard Olsen is an artist, writer, and art educator. He has taught art education at the San Francisco Art Institute, and was also the head of the art department at Gateway High School in San Francisco. Mr. Olsen has curated many shows with the San Francisco Arts Education Project, including at the Rena Bransten Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, the SF Arts Commission Gallery, and SFMoMA.

Mr. Olsen also curated the wildly successful INTERNATIONAL ORANGE: The Bridge Re-imagined at the Mills Building (and in 75 “bridge” galleries around San Francisco). At SFArtsED, his students’ work has won a number of awards—including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s “Best of Design” award (with a subsequent exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.). He has lectured on art and education at UC Berkeley, SF State, the College of Notre Dame, SFMoMA, and other institutions. Mr. Olsen received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Laura Pacchini

Visual Arts, since 2017

Laura Pacchini is a painter and designer and an MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute. Borrowing from her experience as an art director in print and photography, she creates paintings that are evocative of the world in which she raises her young son—adding and deleting images and information much as one might do in the process of educating a child. Her work is an effort to express her role as a parent—in love with her child, yet mindful of the world in which he was born and his privileged position as a white male.

Erik Parra

Visual Arts, since 2007

Erik Parra received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been exhibited in New York, Nebraska, Indiana, North Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas as well as at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. Locally, Mr. Parra's work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure Gallery, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Blankspace Gallery, Root Division, and Johansson Projects in Oakland. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin, Western University in Washington, and Hastings College in Nebraska; been a studio art teacher at the El Paso Museum of Art; and worked as a teaching artist at Dream Yard in the Bronx, Architots in Middle Village, New York; the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center in Madison, Wisconsin; and San Francisco’s Children's Art Center and Kid's Art.

Aidaa Peerzada

Theater, since 2017

Aidaa Peerzada attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and received her BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Her many regional credits include LuLu, Between Riverside and Crazy, BLKS (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Merry Wives of Windsor (as Anne Paige), Pride and Prejudice (as Kitty Bennett), and Othello (American Players Theatre), to name a few. She appeared on the HBO series Girls, and is featured in the film Gorenos. Her play Scheherazade was produced at Carnegie Mellon's PLAYGROUND festival and subsequently at The New York Fringe Festival. Ms. Peerzada also produced ChoreoSlam and Remember me, or: Change at CMU's PLAYGROUND. Ms. Peerzada was most recently associate director of Salt Pepper Ketchup at The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company.

Jocelyn Reyes

Dance, since 2018

Jocelyn Reyes is a choreographer, performer, and teaching artist based in San Francisco. She earned a BA in Dance and a BS in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her choreography has been featured in venues around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, and she has performed in works by Ana Maria Alvarez, Gracie Whyte, Shahar Binyamini, Janie Gieser, Cheng Chieh Yu, and Daiane Lopes da Silva. Ms. Reyes is a teaching artist with the LINES Community Programs and a resident artist at SAFEHouse Arts.

Wendy Robushi, Master Artist

Visual Arts, since 2001

Born in Connecticut, Wendy Robushi relocated to California in 1985 and received her MFA from UC Berkeley in 1989. She holds a BS in Art Education and has a minor degree in Ceramic Arts. In 2005, Ms. Robushi was one of 130 artists chosen to participate in Hearts in San Francisco, and her work is included in many private and public collections. A prolific muralist, Ms. Robushi was a guiding force behind numerous works funded by the Neighborhood Beautification Fund, and designed and painted by artists and students in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point. Since 1989, she has worked out of her San Francisco studio at Hunters Point Shipyard, and has served as a board member of The Shipyard Trust for the Arts and Director of the Hunters Point Shipyard Spring Open Studios. As a dedicated arts educator for more than thirty years, Ms. Robushi has served as Artist-in-Residence in more than a dozen San Francisco schools, where she has taught drawing, painting, and printmaking to thousands of young artists.

Dan Saski

Theater, since 2018

Dan Saski has been a teacher, artist, and director for 15 years. As education coordinator at Sonoma County Repertory Theater, he established artist residencies at Hillcrest Middle School, Brook Haven, Pinecrest, and Park Side elementary schools; and was also in charge of Rep on Tour—an outreach program bringing children’s productions to schools in the North Bay. Dan led Sonoma County Rep’s summer program, the Young Actor’s Conservatory, and was formerly the head of the drama departments at Ursuline High School, Rincon Valley Charter School, and Sonoma Charter School. He currently teaches drama and directs productions with California Shakespeare Theater, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Throckmorton Theatre, Del Mar Middle School, and Jefferson Elementary. As an actor, he is a proud member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, and has performed in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, and across the United States.

Tom Shaw

Musical Theater, since 2007

Tom Shaw is a singer-pianist with extensive musical theater experience as a music director, accompanist, and actor. He has also composed music and acted for television and film. His jazz trio, the Tom Shaw Trio, performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is often engaged to accompany other vocalists, cabaret performances, musical theater productions, and shows, and can be seen regularly performing in San Francisco at Martuni's—among other venues.

Alex Stein

Musical Theater, since 2012

Alex Stein is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a composer, performer, and educator. In addition to his work with SFArtsED, he works as composer with San Francisco Opera's ARIA Network, helping elementary school classes to create original mini-operas. Mr. Stein holds an MA in composition from the Mannes College of Music, where he studied with David Loeb. While at Mannes, he was a winner of the 2008 Jean Schneider Goberman composition competition, the Martinu prize for orchestral composition, and the Composer-in-Residence Chamber Ensemble commission. His works have been premiered at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and SUNY Stony Brook, and have been performed by Choral Chameleon and the Mimesis Ensemble. He is currently working on his first opera.

Samantha Stone

Dance, since 2011

Samantha Stone received her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, she continued her dance studies in Brazil, Mexico and Europe as well as in the Bay Area, focusing on Axis Syllabus Dance. Most recently, she participated at the Luna Dance Institute, where she further trained in the field of children's dance education. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Kathleen Hermsdorf, Bianca Cabrera, Rosemary Hannon, Ashley Trottier, Aura Fischbeck, and Leyya Tawil. Ms. Stone is a co-founder of Viv dance company and her work has been shown in several local theaters, although she prefers enchanting the homes, galleries, and shops around her with movement and design. She engages in teaching, choreographing, and performing on both sides of the San Francisco Bay, always advocating for arts awareness and opportunities for all.

Mara Surel

Dance, since 2017

Mara Surel is an interdisciplinary artist and visionary whose far-reaching training has included the dances of the African diaspora, contemporary dance, improv, theater, voice, yoga, meditation, folklore, salsa, ballet, and hip-hop. Dancing since the age of five, she has had the privilege of performing on five continents. Ms. Surel left her small island near Seattle to study Afro-Brazilian dance and continued to study the origins of movement through Feldenkrais and Embodied Ballet. She loves celebrating life through dance, and feels privileged to work with children—who carry our future in their hands. She has been teaching in San Francisco since 2011, including at ODC and with the 30th Street Senior Center in the Mission.

Trish Tillman, Master Artist

Theater, since 2005

Trish Tillman served as the Director of Artistic Learning at California Shakespeare Theater for five years. She has been a working actor, improviser, and theater arts teacher for 25 years, and holds an MA in Dramatic Performance and Teaching Theater from Antioch University and a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Ms. Tillman has created artist teaching training programs for both classroom teachers and college education students, and has brought the world of Shakespeare to thousands of children through numerous productions and classes. She is the founder of two improvisational theater companies in San Francisco and is currently a staff and ensemble member of Un-Scripted Theater.

Barbara Vanderbeck

Visual Arts, since 2015

Barbara Vanderbeck is a San Francisco-based artist who remembers being smitten with clay from a very early age. Her MA in Art Education was received from Northern Arizona University, and in addition to working with clay she creates vibrant mixed-media paintings. Ms. Vanderbeck is dedicated to her studio practice and consistently participates in exhibits throughout the Bay Area. Passionate about the creative process, she delights in sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students, bringing a wealth of experience to teaching all levels in a variety of institutions.

Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow, Master Artist

Dance, since 2011

Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow is a Bay Area-based choreographer, performer and dance teacher. She has presented her choreography at TriskelionArts in Brooklyn, BAMPFA, Laney College Theater, ODC, Dance Mission Theatre, KS-Arts and The Garage. Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow performs and choreographs for Oakland-based dance company Mix'd Ingrdnts and also teaches with Brisbane Dance Workshop and ODC. As an educator, she believes in teaching dance from a place of activism and personal empowerment, creating pathways for students to step into leadership and full creative expansion.

Jesus Zamarron

Visual Arts, since 2016

Jesus Zamarron has more than ten years experience teaching art in after-school programs at Holy Name School and Mission Dolores Academy. He graduated with an MA in Art Education from the Academy of Art in 2013, and holds a BFA from Complutense University in Madrid and a Pedagogical Adaptation Certificate (CAP) from University of Almeria, Spain.

Carolina Zamora

Visual Arts, since 2017

Carolina Zamora is Costa Rica-born artist and educator. She earned a degree in sculpture from the Pratt Institute, and taught at the Saturday Art School. Her ongoing dialogue with clay continues to inspire and challenge her work, which includes making the act of creation public by working from her truck. As a museum educator she has led in-gallery experiences for children and coordinated the teaching artist residency program at the Guggenheim Museum. Ms. Zamora was also a member of the Poetry Club Artspace in Brooklyn, where she helped to assemble international exhibitions.

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