Launched in 2012 by Executive Director, Stacie Powers Cuellar, Brava Presents has delivered an eclectic array of music, theatre, dance, visual and media art works in collaborations with local artists and arts organizations with a focus on cultivating opportunities for the artistic expression of women, artists of color, the LGBT community and other unheard voices. The Brava Theater Center, owned and operated by Brava! For Women in the Arts, is a professional venue that provides affordable and accessible space for artistic production for both emerging artists and artists that have enjoyed long careers. If you are interested in bringing a collaborative project to Brava please contact us.
Photo: Robert Werner
MAPA@Brava trains youth ages 13-18 in theatrical production and performance. Students can choose from an array of programs, including San Francisco Running Crew, Brava’s hands-on training program in theater production, design, and management; Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, which explores the traditions of Mexican Baile Folklorico, hip hop, and modern dance styles; Cuicacalli Mariachi Juvenil La Misíon where students learn mariachi style music through individual coaching and classes; and SF Youth Theatre Teen Ensemble, offering students high quality performing instruction integrating drama, movement, and music. Brava is also home to Loco Bloco who use music, dance, and drumming to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented peoples in neighborhoods. See past MAPA productions here.
Brava! for Women in the Arts fosters the artistic expression of women, especially women of color. Through its residency programs, Brava supports the professional development and creative work of women directors, actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and designers providing space for creation, assistance with grant writing and fiscal sponsorship and the support of Brava's marketing and technical staff. In return, these women continue to generate excellent art, impart professional artistic skills to youth and contribute to the artistic life of the 24th Street corridor in San Francisco.
Photo: David Wilson
Brava Studio Sessions is a monthly reading series founded and curated by BRAVA staff to bring the work of playwrights to audiences in an intimate setting. Typically held on the third Tuesday of every month, actors perform the readings without the embellishment of stage and technical support, allowing the audience to invest in the play early on in the creative process.
Brava Studio Sessions has presented the work of Marisela Trevino Orta, Djola Bernard Branner, Lisa Kang, and Brit Frazier
Artwork: Rio Yanez
Brava is breaking ground on changes to the facade on the 24th Street Storefront. A long-time plan is finally coming to fruition. Plans include a cafe, dressing rooms and office space. The result will be a more functionable performance space, increased community space and a aesthically beautiful addition to the 24th Street corridor.