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Sneak peek: Showcase Rehearsal

Here are some sneak peek photos from the Showcase Rehearsal at the Brava Theater! We hope to see you there for our Fifth-Annual Student Showcase on Friday, May 19th!

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Risk-takers On and Off the Stage

By Christina Magaña, Development Associate Performing Arts Workshop’s theme in the classroom has been the ‘process toward  performance,’ and program staff—strong as ever, experimental as ever, risk-taking as ever—have stressed this from the beginning of the school year. Our teaching artists have made this a priority in the classroom from the very onset of their...

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Process Toward Performance: Guards of the Ocean

By Glenda Bates, Core Artist It wasn't as scary the second time - McKenzie In the San Francisco streets on a Thursday afternoon, the skies are grey and the rain pelts down, but inside, blue and pink lights create a magical atmosphere in a darkened theater. A group of 4- and 5-year olds climb onstage with their colorfully decorated homemade ocean drums in hand, excitedly...

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New Look, Same Great Light Bulb!

By Emily Garvie, Executive Director If you haven’t done so already, check out our spiffy new website! There is something for everyone. For folks who are new to us, it’s an enjoyable and effortless intro to our work. For those who have known us a long time, the site will reconnect you to what you love about Performing Arts Workshop. There are many things I love about the new...

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Thanking Our Artists

By Zoë Bartlett, Administrative Assistant, and Laurie Loftus, Director of Institutional Giving When Gloria Unti started the Workshop in 1965, she did so with one goal in mind: to provide creative outlets to socially and economically disadvantaged youth who were otherwise shut out from opportunities to participate in arts programs. Because the course of her life was altered...

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Meet New Staff: Allison Thompson

By Zoë Bartlett, Administrative Assistant Allison Thompson, Director of Individual Giving We would like to welcome Allison Thompson, our new Director of Individual Giving! While she entered the scene in the hectic beginning stages of our 2016 Fall Campaign, Allison quickly invested in the mission of the Workshop. In this newsletter, Allison discusses how she came to the...

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Because You Moved Us: An Update on the Fall Campaign

By Christina Magaña, Development Associate Our Fall Campaign is ending in a week and we have much to report, a TON to be grateful for, and still more to ask. This year’s online fundraising goal of $30,000 is the largest online fundraising goal in Workshop history. We decided to set the bar higher than ever before for three big reasons: we received some tremendously generous...

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The Community Circle Heals What Hurts

By Matthew Clark Davison, Chief Artistic Strategist A few months ago, veteran Workshop Teaching Artist and Capoeira Mestre (master) Salê Ramos found out he needed knee surgery. It could not have been good news for him, considering he uses his body to teach Capoeira to hundreds of students each week, including fifty at E.R. Taylor Grade School in San Francisco’s Portola...

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What’s New

We are excited to announce that as part of Performing Arts Workshop’s new Artist Leadership Training Program, this fall we will begin piloting an internship program in partnership with the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. Students who share our commitment to social justice and are interested in pursuing a career in the arts or...

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Altar(ed)

The Workshop was founded on the core belief that an artistic education should be viewed as a basic human right and a vital part of developing a compassionate, fair and just society. We sometimes get asked how these social justice values show up in our classrooms. We offer this vivid example, from spoken word artist/teaching artist Natasha Huey on a class she taught in...

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