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Executive Director: Julie Mushet -

Festival Artistic Directors: Carlos Carvajal, CK Ladzekpo

Senior Production Consultant: Jack Carpenter

Festival Managing Director: Arlene Kato -

Marketing and Communications Director: Terry Conway -

Public Relations: Scott Horton-

Interim Production Manager: Micaela A. Nerguizian -

Interns: Daniela Genie, Sara Moncada, Trishya Movilla, Andreá Spearman

Core Volunteers: Gigi Jensen, Janie Revelo, Gloria Vlachos



Festival Graphic Design:
Jason Fuges
Basic 8 Creative

Web Development and Maintenance:
Third Strand, Inc.

Web Design:
Erika Bauer
ebStudios Creative

RJ Muna
Bonnie Kamin

Research and writing for program and website pages:
Patti Trimble 2008-present


2016 Festival Auditions Team

Stage Manager: Patty-Ann Farrell
Backstage Managers: Julie Chin and Jessica Rodriguez
Announcers: Rudy Garcia and Eddie Madril
Backstage Runners: Jennifer Costley, Kilian Farrell-Alvarado, Krista Lane,
Dara Taylor, Takeo Wong
Front of House Admission Manager: Sara Moncada
Front of House Usher Manager: Abby Stein
Panel Recorder: Patti Trimble
Videographer: Rapt Productions
Hospitality: Diane Theodorelos/Cow Hollow Catering
Security: Slim's Security

2015 Festival Season Production Team

Scenic Designer and Technical Director: Sean Riley
Lighting Designer: Patty-Ann Farrell
Sound Designer-Audio Engineer: Calvin Jones
Stage Manager: Kate Mattson
Assistant Stage Manager: Cicily Gruber
Artist Check-in: Alena Bell-Farrell and Hilary Sbei
Backstage Runner: Kilian Farrell-Alvarado
Backstage Volunteer and Merchandise Coordinator: Hilary Sbei
Stage Door Security: Ray Sais/Slim's
Videographer: Rapt Productions
Front of House Managers: Eyla Moore and Sara Moncada
Patron Services: Jessica Rodriguez and Rob Taylor
Hospitality: Diane Theodorelos/Cow Hollow Catering
Reception Coordinator: Abby Stein

Board of Directors

Amanda Almonte
Owner, Citybloom, Inc.

Elaine Connell, Secretary
Community Arts Advocate

Alejandra Corona
Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Alcance Media Group

Sydney Firestone, Acting Treasurer
Deloitte Director, retired

Eddie Madril
Master Artist and Arts Educator

Olga Milan-Howells
Realtor at Frank Allen, Developer, and CPA

David Roche
Executive Director, Western Folklife Center

Herbert Rosenthal
Executive Director Emeritus, State Bar of California

Chandre Sarkar-Singhal, Vice President
Bay Area Arts Advocate

Ashish Sharma
Head of Global Sales and Consulting, Wells Fargo

Māhealani Uchiyama, President
Kumu Hula and Director, Māhea Uchiyama Center for International Dance

Advisory Council

Brenda Berlin
Arts Education Consultant
Former Executive Director of Young Audiences of No. California

Bernard Boudreaux
Senior Manager, Community Relations, Target Corporation

Blanche Brown
Community Arts Advocate
Dancer and Founder of Group Petit le Croix

Shereé Chambers
Senior Sales Associate, Wilkes Bashford

Julia Cheng
Community Arts Advocate

Lanie Denslow
President, PDI-POA: Protocol Officers Association

Dr. Jerry Duke
Professor Emeritus and retired Chair of Dance Department, SFSU

Diane Goldsmith
Artist-Agent, Graphic Designer, Square Moon Productions

Dennis Jang
CFO, Trans Pacific National Bank

David Lei
Former President, International Sources
Founder, Chinese Performing Arts Foundation

Esther Li
CPA, Foundation for Deep Ecology

Lynn Luckow
CEO, LikeMinded

Fiona Ma, Honorary Advisory Member
California State Board of Equalization

Magan Patel
Former Executive Vice President of Union Bank
Former Chairman of Union Bank International
Former Trustee of World Affairs Council

Manoj Shailendra
Senior Sales Executive, Emirates Airlines

Susan Somaya, Chair
San Francisco Consular Corps