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.
Mr. Cashman teaches urban/contemporary dance, along with a hybrid of hip-hop street-styled dance techniques. Using music/audio soundscapes for inspiration, I expand student engagement using a variety of methodologies, games, and exercises from Contemporary/Modern dance techniques (e.g use of breath to assist fall and recovery based on Martha Graham’s work). I find this widens students’ exposure to different dance forms, while not limiting them to any particular style, and allowing each student to find their own place of connection to movement within a wider spectrum of dance making possibilities. Dance allows me to learn more about myself in ways other methods don’t and hope that students will discover something new about themselves and their potential through this guided process.
In her off hours, Ruby attended the Clown Conservatory of SF to broaden her emotional range and sharpen her skills in physical comedy. Represented by STARS talent agency, she has worked in commercials and voiceover. Ms. Day has been teaching acting, singing, and voiceover throughout the Bay Area.
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.
An ardent advocate for inspiring music performance in the younger generations, he has served on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Music Director of Pre-College Opera and Musical Theatre. Mr. Flavoni formerly served as a research fellow in music and philosophy at the Zephyr Institute at Stanford University. He has also spoken on the topics of music, politics, and social justice in the 4D Mentor Talk Series with the Khadem Foundation. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor's Scholar on full academic scholarship, studying conducting under David Milnes and Marika Kuzma, harpsichord under Davitt Moroney, composition under Franck Bedrossian, and musicology under Richard Taruskin. While at Berkeley, he served as music director of the UC Berkeley Opera Ensemble, including a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, which won the 2015 Eisner Prize. He later went on to attend the University of Michigan.
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.
Before fashion Ms. McDaniel studied film and taught at the multimedia youth nonprofit, Spy Hop in Salt Lake City. While there she completed three documentaries, one winning her a Student Emmy. She has a special love for the medium of stop-motion film due to its detailed hand-crafted artistry. She has worked with all ages, from teaching art to toddlers (working on fine motor skills and early childhood development), to 3-month summer intensives, creating 20-minute film projects with high school students. Her interest in art started from a young age, as she began to gather and combine a variety of artistic materials, styles and techniques and remains passionate about creativity, playful exploration, sustainability, and up-cycling, a focus that she applies with great excitement in all areas of her life.
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.
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.
She has performed for San Francisco’s Japanese Consul General, the SF Public Defender Swearing-in Ceremony, as part of Mayor London Breed's inauguration, the SF Juneteenth Festival, and the SF Black History Month Closing Ceremony. She also performs at many local venues including Level 13 Lounge, Q’s Lounge, and Yoshi’s, San Francisco and Oakland. She is an international touring background singer for 12-time Grammy-nominated artist Ledisi and can be heard on her EP “The Intimate Truth.`` Sara also sings background for Dave Hollister and Ms. Anita Wilson.
Sara has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” “The Tonight Show,” at the Essence Festival, and with various shows on VH1 and MTV. She has served as the background vocal director for many local and national artists, and for shows including the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
She also lends her talent in the studio with such esteemed producers as Carl Wheeler and on stage with performers such as D’Wayne Wiggins, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Syleena Johnson, Jennifer Holliday, and Grammy-winning songwriter Gordon Chambers.
Sara has curated and presented many choir workshops and works with various youth and religious organizations, serving as director and/or consultant.