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The Workshop was founded on the core belief that an artistic education should be viewed as a basic human right and a vital part of developing a compassionate, fair and just society. We sometimes get asked how these social justice values show up in our classrooms. We offer this...


The Power of a Spotlight

By Emily Garvie, Executive Director The excitement of capturing your child's first experience on stage: a priceless moment from our May 20 showcase. Photo credit: Robyn Navarro.  On May 20, families and friends packed the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District....


Meet Program Manager Adam Levy!

As Performing Arts Workshop’s new Program Manager, Adam Levy manages our school and community site partnerships with the most supreme diligence, which makes sense considering his background. Adam’s a writer and translator, who, together with his wife, just launched a small...


Meet Program Coordinator Priscilla Lopez!

Priscilla Lopez is the Workshop’s new Program Coordinator, and she’s pretty fearless. She schedules our artistic residencies at school or community sites, manages our internal database, and regularly creates reports from our residency data. But what makes Priscilla even more...


THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH US!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 12, 2015! Together we raised over $67,000 to advance the Workshop’s mission and support high quality arts education programming in schools and community centers. Check out the 50th celebration...


Performing Arts Workshop Announces New Executive Director

San Francisco, California- October 21, 2015- On Wednesday, October 21, Board president Sagar Gupta announced the Workshop's new Executive Director, Emily Garvie! Click here to read the press release!


Welcome, Risi, our *new* New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow!

We are so excited to have Risi Ademola joining us at the Workshop this summer. Read on and get to know her and her bright spirit! What is your role at the Workshop? New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow--I will be working on the 50th Anniversary Celebration as well as the...


NEA Celebrates Capoeira in Our Communities

Sharpen your pencils, it’s Quiz Time. Q: What do the National Endowment for the Arts and Performing Arts Workshop have in common ? A: We both turn 50 this year ! That’s not all this national arts agency and small arts education nonprofit share: The NEA promotes opportunities...


Get Your Encore! @ the Brava Photos Here!

On May 12th, students from across the city came together at the Brava Theater to showcase the hard work, dedication and artistry that they've mastered in their Performing Arts Workshop classes. From the lively pre-show party to the creative movement, Capoeira and spoken word...


A special message for the Workshop community

Dear Friend of the Workshop, After 9 years of an incredible experience at the Workshop, I am very excited to announce that I have been hired as program officer for Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. I will be leaving the Workshop at the end of June, and...


Celebrating One of Our Own for National Teacher Day

It's National Teacher Day, and what better way to celebrate than by sitting down with a beloved former teaching artist? Taylor Strand worked with the Workshop for 2 years and continues to be active in the San Francisco dance community teaching at ODC. Get to know her a bit! The...


Tracing Artist Inspiration

By Lorena Landeros and Janelle Gleason Performing Arts Workshop takes pride in its profoundly talented staff of teaching artists. Across a variety of art forms — from Capoeira to spoken word to world music — our artists are constantly rising to the challenges of composition,...