People at the Workshop

Spotlight on our passionate Program Director, Karena Salmond

  1) Whereabouts to you live? Inner Sunset, San Francisco 2) Work Experience: I have dabbled in many areas of the education world. Everything from working in an after-school program in a private school to working with public school groups at Chicago Children’s Museum. I...


Music Monday: Breakfast at Tiffany's

What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Jessica, Executive Director – Breakfast at Tiffany's. Soundtrack by Henry Mancini. I just read this great book – Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson– about...


8 Things About Teaching Artist Aisha Fukushima

Get to know the amazing Aisha Fukushima...  1) WHEREABOUTS: Born in Seattle, living in San Francisco; Global Citizen with a passport to imagiNATION 2) EXPERIENCE: Aisha Fukushima is a singer, educator, writer and self-proclaimed 'RAPtivist' (rap activist) hailing from...


8 Things About Jessica Mele, Executive Director

Our indefatigable Executive Director opens up...  1) WHEREABOUTS: San Francisco (Hayes Valley) 2) EXPERIENCE: Organizer for the Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers (HUCTW), Project Coordinator at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Gov’t, and at least 3 program...


From “job to epiphany”

After 26 years with the Workshop, Cathy Worner is to retire as Finance Director next month. We’ll miss her dearly. In this blog post, Cathy reflects on nonprofit career. Diane Downing and Cathy Worner (L - R) Train of thought from 1986 to 2012: 26 years of learning to...


Final Reflections and Thank You

It’s hard to believe that it has been eleven and a half years since the Workshop’s Founder, Gloria Unti and Artistic Director, Gary Draper first interviewed me for an afterschool Program Coordinator position.  I still remember our conversation about the role of the arts in...


San Francisco’s Performing Arts Workshop Names New Executive Director

San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2010— The Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Workshop has named Jessica Mele the organization’s new Executive Director. Mele, currently Deputy Director, will replace Tom DeCaigny, who has served in that role for the past eight years. “I...