People at the Workshop

Yes in my backyard! Recognizing the need for arts education.

Laurie Loftus, the Workshop's Institutional Giving Manager, shares her motivation for our work. Laretia and Jerry lived across the street from me in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. I knew them for a few years when they were about 10. They spent a lot of time in my house,...


Music Mondays: Cyrus Wadia's (not so) Secret Obsession

Cyrus Wadia, the Workshop's Board Vice President, shares with us his love of music. I'm obsessed with music. All kinds. I'd estimate that music is in the background or foreground of my life 50% of the time. Part of my obsession results in making playlists of all my favorites -...


Dear Doc - A letter of love

Laurie Loftus, the Workshop's Institutional Giving Manager, shares a letter to her first arts influencer. Dear Doc, Not only has it been a very long time since I had the pleasure of spending time in your art room at ES-M high school, it’s been even longer since I spent any and...


Money Can't Buy My Vote

I have spent the last 4 days sequestered at my parents' house in Massachusetts due to Hurricane Sandy. We were fortunate enough to emerge unscathed - we even kept our power throughout the storm. Unfortunately, this meant that we were inundated with campaign ads and phone calls....


Introducing Cyrus Wadia, Protector of Artistic Ideas, and All-Around Amazing Board Member

1. How long have you been on the Workshop’s Board of Directors? I’m starting my third year. 2. What brought you to the Workshop? I grew up in Marin and was an avid piano player. I was really into music in my high school and knew someone who had done a workshop at the...


“Where Art Thou Performing Arts Workshop?” A Guide to the Workshop’s Social Media Outlets

The internet is a big and scary place to get lost in, and when searching for the Workshop, wouldn’t it be nice to receive some cues? Well have no fear internet-stumbling-readers, this post offers an all-in-one guide to connecting with the Workshop on the world wide web. ...


Introducing the President of our Board of Directors: Annie McGeady

Questions about the Workshop 1) How long have you been on the board? Around 4 years. 2) What position do you hold? President! 3) What are some of your professional or personal highlights that brought you to the Workshop? As a kid I did a lot of dance. As I grew older, I saw the...


Spotlight on Larry Jones, Our Program & Administrative Assistant

WHEREABOUTS:  The Golden Gate District. And no it's not in San Francisco. Surprisingly it’s a Tri-City neighborhood encompassing Emeryville, North Oakland and Berkeley. I live 1 block into the Berkeley portion of the neighborhood. A good portion of it has views of the Golden...


Introducing the Rhythmic Oakland Dweller, Teaching Artist Aaron Kierbel

1) Where do you live? I needed a little tranquility in life so I moved away from San Francisco to North Oakland. I lived in the Mission for eight years and had an exciting time there. Recently a lot of artists have been making the move over to the East Bay because of cheaper...


Wise words from our newest board member, Tina Mitaine

About the Workshop 1. How long have you been on the Workshop’s Board of Directors? Since May 2012. I am a new and excited board member! 2. What brought you to the Workshop? I have a strong affinity towards the arts. I was drawn to the arts, theatre and dance which grew stronger...


Get to know our Summer Fellow: 8 Things About Annie Hodges

"My fellowship at Performing Arts Workshop is amazing and I could not happier working with the amazing staff." -Annie Hodges Annie Hodges is our New Sector Alliance AmeriCorps Summer Fellow! Although she'll only be working with us for ten weeks, she's definitely going to leave...


8 Things About Our Summer Development and Communications Intern, Feibi McIntosh!

"Till the onset of a food coma, just keep eating." -Feibi McIntosh, Development and Communications Intern  Feibi McIntosh is our resident Industrious Intern for the summer. Here are eight things you need to know about Feibi: 1) WHERE DO YOU LIVE?:  Born and raised in the city...