Anastacia Powers Cuellar

Anastacia (Stacie) Powers Cuellar, 
Executive Director

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.

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Sarah Guerra

Sarah Guerra,
Program Director

EMAIL: sarah [at] brava [dot] org

Sarah Guerra is a native Tejana living in California since 2001. She has been involved in the arts since 1992 and has worked with various theatre companies in San Antonio, Tejas, most notably the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Jump-Start Performance Co., and The Epseranza Peace and Justice Center. From 2001-2004 Sarah dedicated her time and energy to El Teatro Campesino as their resident stage manager and production manager. She is a co-founder of the resident youth theatre group, Grupo Animo, at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center from 1992-1995. From 1999 to 2004 she functioned as the Assistant Festival Coordinator for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Centers CineFestival. Form 2005-2011 she was the program director at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California where she commissioned new works, managed artist residencies and curated La Peña’s annual Hecho en Califas Festival. She also functioned as La Peña’s staff liaison to Ford Foundation Future Aesthetic Co-Hort and National Performance Network. Sarah has dedicated her life to the arts as education and as a tool for political and social justice.

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Melvign Badiola

Melvign Badiola,
Youth Program Manager

EMAIL: MAPA [at] brava [dot] org

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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Kolmel Love

Kolmel W Love,
Director of Technical Operations

EMAIL: kolmel [at] brava [dot] org

Kolmel W Love is an event producer, artist, talent wrangler and technician that comes to Brava from the Bay Area event, festival and queer art world. Over the past five years, Love worked at Frameline: SF International Film Festival as their Operations Manager and then Hospitality & Programming Associate. Over the years, they have also worked other annual festivals & cultural events including: CAAM Fest, Bay to Breakers, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, REELAbilities: Disability Film Festival, SF Silent Film Festival, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival,  Castro Pink Party, & Sketchfest. They are the creator and curator of the monthly queer performance series "The News," now in its third year, occurring every first Tuesday at SOMArts Cultural Center. As an artist, their work has screened nationally in galleries and film festivals and they perform locally in galleries, performance venues and drag clubs. They fell in love with Brava Theater as the stage manager for the MEDEA's Project "Birthright?" and are very excited to call Brava their new home!

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Darice Jones,
Development Director

EMAIL: darice [at] brava [dot] org

Darice 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 Manager

EMAIL: annette [at] brava [dot] org

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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Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe,
Marketing Associate

EMAIL: edris [at] brava [dot] org

As Marketing Associate, Edris is responsible for the promotion of all Brava events as well as monitoring and updating the website and Brava's social media pages.   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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Bianca Estella de la Rocha

Bianca Estella de la Rocha,
Rentals Manager

EMAIL: biancaestella [at] brava [dot] org

Bianca Estella de la Rocha is a native San Franciscan. Bianca graduated from Chico State University with a BA in Social Science with emphasis in Family Relations, and Multicultural and Gender Studies. Her love and curiosity of culture and arts lead her into the hands of Carnaval San Francisco's Executive Producer, Roberto Y. Hernandez, who welcomed her as a part of the Production team. Being the Social Media Manager for Carnaval San Francisco has allowed her to adopt the Mission District as her own community and in turn embrace Brava Theater as an extension of herself.

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Flora Zulli

Flora Zulli,
Front of House Manager

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Flora Zulli joined Brava in 2017 as the Front of House Manager. She relocated to the Bay Area in 2006 after living and working in Brasil and her hometown of Chicago. She is a proud Ethnic Studies alumnae from Mills College, which sharpened her interests of activism by women of color, community organizing, and creating sustainable and healthy community based-alternatives to the Criminal (In)Justice system. In 2014 Flora received the prestigious Cortland Auser Award from the National Association of Ethnic Studies (NAES) for her senior thesis entitled,Gang Injunctions vs. Community Based Safety: A Photovoice Project Exploring and Visualizing Anti-Violence Strategies for the City of Oakland.”

Flora brings to Brava years of experience in community outreach in the Performing Arts and enjoys interacting with all the diverse, multicultural, and multiethnic Brava clients and community. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys hikes with her son in the Oakland Hills, DJing and collecting vinyl, and is an active member of the Bay Area Son Jarocho community. She is currently co-organizing and planning the next annual Encuentro de Son Jarocho in Oakland for 2018. Flora feels blessed to be welcomed into the Brava family. 

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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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Chalyna Lazo,
Communications and Marketing Intern

Chalyna Lazo is an uprising senior at San Francisco State University, pursuing a major in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Communications. Chalyna was born and raised in the Bayview Hunters-Point district in San Francisco, where she grew up in a single parent household and where she currently lives with her family. Personality wise, Chalyna describes herself as down-to-earth, out-going, punctual, bubbly and compassionate: "The world around me is very intriguing which inspires me to find ways to become an ally for underrepresented and marginalized communities." Chalyna joined Brava in summer 2017 as the Communication and Marketing intern for the summer, and chose to intern with Brava! Women in the Arts Theater "because my first visit to their theater was an amazing experience. The authentic atmosphere at Brava! gave me an impression their mission and work for the organization is meaningful. I admire Brava for making sure this it is an inclusive safe space for women of color, LGBTQ folks, dis/abled bodies, etc. My goal at Brava! for this summer while being an intern, I hope to gain as many professional skills, new life experiences, learning more about myself as a professional and have fun."

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Araceli Bojorquez,
Youth Program Intern

Araceli Bojorquez joined the staff of Brava in the fall of 2016 as the Youth Program Intern. Araceli first connected with Brava as a participant of Brava’s technical theater training program San Francisco Running Crew, which she came upon as a junior in high school. Araceli describes herself as a “total nerd” because she loves comic books, superheroes, cartoons, the TV show The Big Bang Theory, 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, which was a challenge but one she rose to and was able to pull it off entirely. Araceli is currently a sophomore at San Francisco State University where she hopes to major in psychology and later get her masters to become a child, teen, and family psychologist.

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