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Education + Community


Making Magic: Arts and Community

   Making Magic offers a vibrant, meaningful educational writing program that helps community members ages 9-60, discover their voices and offer them a platform on which to share their work.


Code Tenderloin is a workforce development non-profit that aims to secure long term employment for underserved communities in San Francisco.
More information at codetenderloin.org

The Southeast Asian Development Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting children, youth and families from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam out of poverty.  Our services are structured around providing low-income and vulnerable Southeast Asian Americans with basic needs and skills critical to building successful futures. Our mission is to foster a healthy, thriving and self-sufficient Southeast Asian American community. For four decades, SEADC has helped transform and uplift thousands of youth and families with critical services. We provide jobs, academic support, language services and cultural and social guidance. Today, we’re building strong communities together. SEADC offers free after-school and support for students from kindergarten to 12th grade to graduate from high school, apply for college, and prep for the workforce. We have three youth programs: MYEEP, Emerging Community Leaders, and K-8 After-School Program. We also have summer program for grades K-8 and host high school Youth Leaders.  
More information at seadcenter.org

The Bayview Opera House provides opportunities to engage in the arts for a community with a long history of disinvestment, creates a sense of belonging and community ownership of the only significant cultural resource in the neighborhood, maintains inclusiveness of the traditional population despite sweeping gentrification, and provides opportunities for education and employment to community youth and artists.The Opera House strives to nurture, educate and inspire the next generation of artists of color. The Opera House grows new informed audiences from the community and the greater Bay Area, and create spaces for artists to experiment, collaborate and learn from one another.The Opera House employs the arts to support aspirational values, hope and passion, and to inspire the self-confidence, excellence and self-esteem needed to be successful, especially for our youth.The Opera House anchors the Bayview Hunters Point community by acting as a homing beacon even for community members who have been displaced and no longer live in Bayview, providing a central location where the community comes together to enjoy culturally relevant art exhibits and performances, community festivals, and local artists get their first opportunities to perform.The Opera House builds social cohesion through arts-based events that are reflective of the rich cultural heritage of the Bayview community that appeal to multiple generations and both traditional and new residents.
More information at BVOH.org

Larkin Street Youth Services is a nonprofit empowering young people to move beyond homelessness.We’ve helped over 78,000 young adults in San Francisco by providing healthcare, housing, employment, and education services.We connect young adults to a spectrum of services designed to help young people develop the knowledge and skills for adulthood.
More information at larkinstreetyouth.org

Teaching Artists:

Gwynnevere Cristobal (she/they) is a (gender/) queer, Filipina, multi-hyphenate artist born and raised in the California Bay Area. Aside from obtaining her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Humboldt State University in 2020, she has acted across the Pacific Northwest. Some of her favorite collaborators include: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, Pacifica Spindrift Players, and Art of Acting in LA where she trained under professors like Philip Charles MacKenzie and the late Ron Burrus.Offstage, she has been nationally recognized as a member of the Kennedy Center’s ASPIRE Arts Administration cohort for their American College Theatre Festival. She has also worked as an assistant production manager for Dell’Arte International, an associate editor for Theatre in Higher Education, and vocal director for Mountain House High School. Currently she also works as a Teaching Artist/Private Coach for American Conservatory Theater’s Youth Conservatory   and freelance Intimacy Coordinator when not onstage or filming.

Anne Yumi Kobori is a Japanese-American playwright, actor, director, producer, and teaching artist. She has written multiple short plays: The Art of Suffrage (Best of PlayGround 25), New Year, Coward’s Flame, Give Me the Sky (MondayNightPlayGround), Simulation (Pear Theatre), and Roses in the Desert (Dragon Theatre). Her full-length plays Seeds and Every Day Alice, and her adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, have premiered with Utopia Theatre Project. Select performance credits include: title role in Hamlet (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Celia in As You Like It the musical (SF Shakespeare Festival), Henrietta in The Hollow (City Lights Theater), Nina in The Seagull, and Masha in Three Sisters immersive (Utopia Theatre Project). Recent writing projects include Braided at CalShakes, A.C.T.’s Neo Symposium, a PlayGround Festival staged reading of The Window Affair, and the Pear Slices festival with Pear Theatre, where she is a Playwrights’ Guild member. www.anneyumikobori.com

Devin Cunningham is an actor, singer, and writer from Oakland, CA. He studied acting at on California’s central coast at PCPA- Professional Actor Training Program. He has worked with the Lower Bottom Playaz on Amiri Barka’s, The Toilet. He has additionally worked with African American Shakespeare Company on multiple productions, most notably: Leon, Black Eagles; Shaniqua, Cinderella; and all male roles in The Trial by Karani Marcia Leslie Johnson. His most recent credits include The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest and Youth in Passing Strange. Devin is excited to continue development in theatre from behind the table as he’ll be directing Cinderella with African-American Shakespeare Company. If he’s not reading plays in his downtime, you can find him at an amusement park.

Nicole Apostol Bruno (they/them) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist (acting, playwriting, movement) and educator based in San Francisco. In their teaching practice, Nicole values a holistic and practical theatrical learning experience, where students have the opportunity to try their hand in different areas while learning skills they can use both in theatre and their everyday lives. A fun fact about me is: I love the color green, so much so that at times I won't notice I've left home in a monochrome green outfit (it's fashion??).

Faustino Cadiz, M.Ed (he/him/his) is a Filipino-American San Francisco Bay Area Educator, Theatre Artist, and Performer. He is an educational leader with a passion for creating equitable opportunities and advocating for socio-cultural diversity and representation within the field of public education. His work delves deeper in integrating the performing arts within the general curricula and developing fellow educators and elementary youth's cognitive worldview as a Teacher Leader in his hometown of Vallejo, CA. In his spare time, Faustino loves to partake in finding different coffee and matcha locations around the Bay Area.

Semhar Gebrat holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from CSU Fullerton in Theatre Arts. While there, she studied Fitzmaurice Voice Work, Michael Chekov Acting Technique, and the Lucid Body Technique. Semhar also directed a student production of The Bluest Eye, adapted for stage by Lydia R. Diamond.While teaching English in Córdoba, Spain, Semhar sang with Coro Ziryab across Andalucia in Festival de Málaga MOSMA, Festival Internacional de Canto Coros: Millencuentros, and La Pasión según San Mateo de Bach. She also performed jazz and soul with AR Minimal Project in different locales in Córdoba.Currently, she resides in East Bay, California and continues to perform professionally in musicals, films, and with her band, The Nightcaps. She was last seen as Joanne at Landmark Musical Theatre's production of Rent.