Although our core organization runs lean–in order to reach as many children as possible–our staff is long on talent, experience, and enthusiasm. Culled from the fields of dance, art, drama, development, and education, we thrive in a warm and creative environment that fosters ongoing collaborations with some of the most outstanding visual and performing artists in the Bay Area.
A fifth-generation Nevadan and graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Chad was a long-time member of the American Theatre Critics Association and has served for more than a decade on the Glickman Committee, which awards a cash prize for the best play to debut in the Bay Area.
It is hard to find a musical or play with which Chad is not familiar (believe us, we’ve tried), as he spent more than a decade as a staff theater critic and features writer with the Bay Area News Group (a chain of daily newspapers) and has written regularly for such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, American Theatre, Theatre Bay Area, Sacramento Bee, Palo Alto Weekly, the London-based Plays International, and at his own TheaterDogs.net, which he created in 2006.
A veteran of some of the Bay Area’s most memorable dance companies—including the San Francisco Moving Company and the Joe Goode Performance Group—Emily has been a choreographer and movement consultant for such storied entities as the Oakland Ballet, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, George Coates Performance Works, Pickle Family Circus, Z Space, and many others. She has also been a resident artist and lecturer at DeAnza College, Mills College, San Francisco State, and at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, and has been the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships.
A former member of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Emily also holds an MFA in Creative Writing.
Mia’s involvement with the arts began at a young age with a broad range of experiences, which eventually led to technical theater work. As a teenager and young adult she worked throughout Orange County, California as a set builder, stage crew, and stage manager. After graduating from San Francisco State University, she pursued a multiple subject teaching credential from UC Irvine and spent two decades teaching elementary school in the Bay Area. She is firmly committed to the value and importance arts education plays in the development of young people.
Mia additionally holds a M.A. in Records Management & Archival Administration from University College London and has served on the boards of Market Street Railway and various school district PTAs.
Starting with her years as a dedicated member of the theater tech team in high school, her enthusiasm for the visual and performing arts was amplified as she supported her two sons in their creative pursuits in and out of San Francisco schools. Along with volunteer leadership roles at her church and children's schools, she also served as a docent at SFMOMA where she led tours for school groups. She is truly excited to help build the resources that fuel the creative energy behind SFArtsED and grow awareness of its outstanding programming.
Debbie holds a BA from Lawrence University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.