Anastacia Powers Cuellar

Anastacia (Stacie) Powers Cuellar, 
Executive Director

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.

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Darice Shatteen-Jones,
Development Director

Darice Shatteen-Jones boasts over a decade of fundraising and Executive leadership experience in the Bay Area. She is excited to use her skills in service of Brava's community charge to create space for wildly diverse voices. When she's not working for Brava, she's invests time as writer/director for her emerging local production company, Griot Soul Films.

Annette Muller

Annette Muller,
Marketing Director

Annette Muller joined Brava! for Women in the Arts in 2016 as the Marketing Manager. She has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration, having spent six years with San Francisco based Alonzo King LINES Ballet where she provided development and marketing support. Annette enjoys getting out from behind her computer screen - and into the world - as much as possible, and can be found wandering a crooked line both near and far.

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Jen Fingal
Engagement Specialist


Jen Fingal is a dramaturg, producer, and arts administrator with a focus on providing artists with resources to make their work happen. She has occupied a variety of roles in service of this mission, including bookkeeping, production managing, front of house, and more. When Jen is not at Brava, you can find her riding her bike around the Bay to find books and coffee. 

 

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe,
Publicist

Edris is known primarily in the Bay Area as an actor, director and writer.  She founded and ran the Sugar Shack Performance Gallery in the Lower Haight and is founder and Artistic Director of Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience.

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Melvign Badiola

Melvign Badiola,
Education Director

Melvign Badiola is a production manager, stage manager, producer, teaching artist, film, industrial, and stage actor based in Oakland, California. He's a resident artist and a member of the Production Team at Bindlestiff Studio. He tours middle and high schools throughout California with NCTC's YouthAware program which teaches kids about cyber harassment, self love, and mutual respect towards others. He has performed at SF Sketch Fest, SF Theater Fest, Young Playwright's Foundation, Bay Area One Acts, One Minute Play Festival, Each One Reach One, Intersection for the Arts, California Academy of Science, Magic Theater, and A.C.T. Films he's involved with have been seen and are currently winning Awards nationally and internationally. As a Stage Manager, Melvign's  credits include Mommy Queerest (Exit), Chasing Mehserle (Z Space), Tree City Legends (SF & Philadelphia), Spirit Child (Z Space). Film and Industrial Credits include VDA Tape 96, Prinsesa, San Francisco Police Department, and Geneva Car Barn Project. 

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Cian Murty,
Technical Director

Cian Murty joined Brava as Technical Director in 2018 after helping with the final install of the newly opened Cabaret Space. As a lighting designer at the Mendocino Music Festival they have designed for a multitude of talented performers ranging from legendary Soul Queen of New Orleans Ima Thomas to Elizabeth Pitcairn, soloist and owner of the 1720 Red Mendelssohn Antonio Stradivari, which inspired the movie The Red Violin.  Musicians and dance companies from Africa, Brazil and Japan also graced that stage.

 Cian has had the pleasure of working with diverse groups over the years from stage and production management with Keith Hennessy's Circo Zero and Joanna Haigood's Zaccho Dance Theatre to set and lighting design for the CU Boulder MFA in Dance candidates and lighting installations with Gesel Mason at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

 Cian has found a home at Brava and is proud to be a part of the mission that Brava upholds: community, culture, and art for the voices of youth, LGBTQ, women and people of color.

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Alba Lluch,
Production Manager

Production Manager Alba Lluch comes to Brava from Catalonia where she worked for various artistic and community centers. Alba is a lover of performing arts, especially dance, and when not working she can most likely be found enjoying old movies, in nature, and dancing.

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Jessica V. Cabrera,
Rentals Manager

Jessica V. Cabrera is a mother, writer, musician, educator, translator, and activist who has been working in performing arts management and production for the better part of 20 years. She has produced and toured the international circuit, managing multiple artists and companies such as: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza (Spain), Danza Contemporànea de Cuba, Bruno Beltrao’s Grupo de Rua (Brazil), Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Shantala Shivalingappa (India), David Michalek’s Slow Dancing and Armitage Gone! Dance. 

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Jules Retzlaff
Front of House Manager

Jules Retzlaff is a San Francisco native who currently is wrapping up their undergrad at San Francisco State fro Cinema and Race and Resistance Studies. In their free time, Jules freelances as a photographer and filmmaker.

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Marco Flores
Facilities Manager

Marco Flores is a San Francisco native, who has worked all of the Bay Area implementing and maintaining building and safety compliance. Marco worked for two major furnishing companies where he specialized in product display and seasonal walk thru presentations. Marco joined Brava in the winter of 2017 and immediately set about fixing the leaky roof, patching walls, and building out the dressing rooms in Brava’s Studio, among a litany of daily fixes and maintenance. 

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Michelle Markey

Michelle Markey,
Bookkeeper

Michelle Markey is a Bay Area native. She completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Washington. Michelle specializes in non-profit bookkeeping for arts organizations and is excited to join the fantastic Brava team!

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Araceli Bojorquez,
Youth Staff

Araceli Bojorquez joined Brava’s MAPA staff in fall of 2016 as the Youth Program Intern. Araceli first connected with Brava Theater’s technical theater training program San Francisco Running Crew, which she discovered in her junior year in high school. Araceli describes herself as a “total nerd” because she loves comic books, superheroes, cartoons, anime, manga, art, science-fiction and horror movies. Araceli also loves to read Stephen King and anything else that catches her attention. During her two years in San Francisco Running Crew, she served as the stage manager for MAPA’s year-end production. Araceli is currently a senior at San Francisco State University and will be graduating in Spring 2020 where she hopes to major in psychology and later apply to graduate school and receive an MFA in psychology and fulfill her dream as a child, teen, and family psychologist.

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Niku Radan
Youth Staff

Niku Radan joined MAPA@Brava as a youth staff member in October of 2018. As a youth staff, she’s half of a two-person team that supervises the SFRC. 

Outside of her responsibilities at Brava, Niku is very active in her artistic and academic pursuits. She attended Ruth Asawa School of The Arts, graduating from their visual arts program in May 2018, and began attending San Francisco State University in fall 2018, where she majors in English (with an emphasis on creative writing) and minors in Theater. Her artwork has been published in SFSU’s Transfer Magazine. Niku served as an assistant and associate editor for SFSU’s Ex Post Facto. 

In her free time, Niku advances her studies in art by creating master studies, trying new styles and mediums, watching youtube tutorials, and pushing her limits whenever she creates. She also enjoys playing the guitar and writing stories, scripts, and lyrics. In the future, Niku hopes to work as a freelance illustrator, author, and performer. 

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