San Francisco-based nonprofit is looking for board members interested in promoting educational equity through the arts.

For almost 50 years, Performing Arts Workshop has helped youth develop learning skills through critical thinking-based arts education programs.

At Performing Arts Workshop, our teaching artists teach dance, theater, music and creative writing in the Bay Area’s most challenged schools.We work with over 6,000 students both in and after school to maximize the impact of arts learning on young people. Our history of programmatic excellence and metric measurement has resulted in a tangible positive impact on student learning outcomes, including greater academic achievement, attendance and classroom leadership.

Creativity and collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving are essential skills for every student in San Francisco.

If you believe in our mission, apply for our Board of Directors. Individuals with corporate, event planning, or fundraising acumen will add huge depth to our board.

Contact Jessica Mele, Executive Director, for more information at (415) 673-2634, Ext. 201 or e-mail

Learn more: 

Discover Performing Arts Workshop in this video made for us by Giving Library. Learn about how we work to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.

> 2013 Student Showcase: Last May, our students performed on stage for their families, many for the first time. Check out their creative movement, Afro-Peruvian dance, capoeira, and spoken word performances!


> Virtual Classrooms: Step inside a pre-kindergarten class at Visitacion Valley Family Schoola hip hop dance class at the Tenderloin After-School Program, or a creative writing class at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary. 

> 2011- 2014 Strategic Plan: Facilitated by Olive Grove Consulting and with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, our Strategic Plan charts three priorities for the Workshop’s mission impact and security from 2011 – 2014.


Meet our current board members here.

Board and Staff
Board and staff at the annual professional development workshop!
Board Members Carmen Milagro and Yashica Crawford
Board Members Carmen Milagro and Yashica Crawford
Gloria Unti, Founder and Board Member Emeritus
Board Member Annie McGeady
Board President Cyrus Wadia and Board Member Ashley Serra
Board President Cyrus Wadia and Board Member Ashley Serra