Anastacia (Stacie) Powers Cuellar,
EMAIL: spowers [at] brava [dot] org
Anastacia (Stacie) Powers Cuellar is Executive Director at Brava. Stacie manages the team at Brava to produce and present thought-provoking and exhilarating productions and works diligently to grow Brava as a center for ignite social change and build community.
Stacie began her career in non-profit arts at the San Francisco Mime Troupe. During her eight year tenure she worked as Stage Manager, Tour Manager, Production Manager, Booking Agent and Community Liaison. After leaving the Mime Troupe, Stacie joined Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band as Business Manager, Booking Manager and Tour Manager, booking over 100 performances a year for the band during her tenure. In her roles at both the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Dr. Loco, Stacie toured extensively throughout the United States, Nicaragua, Canada, Mexico and Cuba.
In 2001, Stacie accepted a role as bookkeeper for Media Alliance, a media resource and advocacy center. She later moved to the Other Minds Music Festival as Business Manager and co-produced three of the organization’s annual music festivals at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2005, Frameline, the largest International LGBT Film Festival, brought Stacie on as Finance Manager where she worked for nearly four years.
Stacie continued to grow her career by joining the Board of Directors for Dance Brigade. This role soon grew to Managing Director as she worked alongside the Artistic Director to manage the expanding programs at Dance Mission Theater. Stacie also served as Financial Consultant to Round Whirled Records, CubaCaribe, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, Freshmeat Productions, Patchworks Film Production, The Luggage Store, Galeria de la Raza, Queer Cultural Center, Yerba Buena Gardens Arts and Events, Young Audiences of Northern California, A+D Architecture Firm, Film Arts Foundation and Latino Arts Network.
In 2012, Brava’s Board of Directors appointed Stacie to the position of Executive Director. With 30 years of arts administration and production experience in San Francisco, Stacie ushered in a new era of stability for the organization. During her tenure at Brava, she has revitalized Brava’s long-standing youth program San Francisco Running Crew, revived the capital project to renovate the building’s three storefronts to create necessary office and performance space, and launched Brava Presents to deliver an eclectic array of music, theater, dance, visual, and media art works in collaboration with local artists and arts organizations.