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EDT 2019 Annual Report

Epiphany
Dance
Theater
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Epiphany Dance Theater creates thought-provoking,
accessible dance performances and educational
programs, building understanding across cultures and
ages. On the stage and in the street, we illuminate
the ordinary and the extraordinary, inspiring social
change using art as a vehicle.
OUR MISSION
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Company Profile
About Us
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15-18
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Table of Contents
Action Spread
Rock & Mortar
Ohana Floor Fundraiser
San Francisco Trolley Dances
Performance Programming:
Rock & Mortar
President Report
Treasurer Report
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Exec. Artistic Report
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Educational & Outreach:
Mudd Butt Mystery
Theatre Troupe, MBI, KOT
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2019 Sponsors
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Credits
Rock & Mortar 2019
Board Treasurer Report
Community Engagement
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Epiphany Dance Theater extends a
heartfelt thanks to the passion,
dedication and hard work of the
individuals who make up our staff
and board. We couldn’t do it
without you.
Column1: Company Coordinator Kaylamay Paz Suarez, Board President James
Hunter Board Member Todd Laby
Column 2: Executive Artistic Director Kim Epifano, Managing Director Jes DeVille,
Board Treasurer Arleen Vatuvei, Board Member Richard Kittle
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Kim Epifano - Executive Artistic Director
Kim Epifano is a long-time award winning choreographer,
director, performer, vocalist, educator and collaborator.
Erasing the boundaries between dance, theater and music, she
is acclaimed for her interdisciplinary, site-specific works that
welcome new and diverse audiences to the world of dance,
creating bridges of cross-cultural understanding. Kim's
curation of SF Trolley Dances and seven year teaching artist
residency at Bessie Carmichael Elementary through Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts continues to thrive.
Jes DeVille - Managing Director
Jes DeVille is an Afro-Latinx choreographer and conceptual
artist from NYC. Using dance-theater as a means of
community building for sixteen years, their work explores the
relationships we have with ourselves, the environment, and
each other through modern day myth. Jes joined EDT in 2019
after working as a corporate team building facilitator with
urban adventure group The Go Game, a production lead for SF
City Hall's Centennial Gala, and MPI's World Education
Congress among others.
Kayla May Paz Suarez - Company Coordinator
Kayla May Paz Suarez is a Bay Area based 1st generation
Pilipinx American. An actor and youth educator, she is
passionate about igniting the imaginations of audiences
everywhere through theatre, dance, and song. Joining EDT in
2019, her previous arts-admin experience includes Red Ladder
Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, and New Conservatory
Theater. Kayla May currently spearheads Epiphany's Kids on
Track coordination, digital archiving, and social media
marketing.
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James Hunter - Board President, CEO
James has served on Epiphany’s Board since the organization
was founded in 1997, and is currently the President of the
Board and CEO. James is a Design Principal with The
Wiseman Group in San Francisco. James received a Masters
of Science in Art Education (magna cum laude) from the State
University College of Buffalo, New York.
Arleen Santos - Board Treasurer
Arleen joined Epiphany’s Board in 2017. Arlene is a Wealth
Management Client Associate at US Bank and holds several
licenses and professional memberships. Arlene graduated
from San Francisco State University with a BS in Business
Administration, with a concentration in Finance.
Richard Kittle - Board Member
Richard is an aerial design artist and rigger, who has worked
in the Bay Area Dance world for 25 years, with many
outstanding choreographers including Kim Epifano, Amelia
Rudolph, Suzanne Gallow, Jo Krieter, Jody Lomask and
companies like Bandaloop and UpSwing. Richard has 45
years of experience in the building trades—from bridges to
boats, cars, homes and art pieces.
Todd Laby - Board Member
Todd joined Epiphany’s Board in 2016. He is a visual artist
and has a background in art direction, product, set, furniture
and digital design. He holds a BS in Business Economics, BA
in Advertising Design and a BFA in Furniture, Sculpture and
Product Design.
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Salesforce Main Tower
September 14th, 2019
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Telluride, Colorado
Since 1987, Epiphany Dance
Theater’s Art Director has co-
directed Mudd Butt Mystery
Theatre Troupe a unique
summer program for the
theater arts in Telluride,
Colorado.
T E L L U R I D E A C A D E M Y
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In April 2019, Telluride Academy embarked on another Mudd Butts
International trip, a program co-directed by Kim Epifano.
Imouzzer Kandar, Morocco
T E L L U R I D E A C A D E M Y
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An annual international artist exchange.
This year’s trip took place in Imouzzer Kandar,
Morocco, where they spent two weeks with
Moroccan students crafting a theatrical production
of adapted play,
“The Drum”
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Kim Epifano rehearses
with the students in
Telluride, Co
Photo taken by Kim Epifano
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Since 2007, Epiphany has offered Bay Area schools a free
educational component of SF Trolley Dances known as Kids on
Track, which features in-school workshops and site-specific
performances.
“DANCE AND ART HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE. IF YOU’RE
WILLING TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND, ART CAN SHOW YOU THINGS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN
BEFORE [AND HOW TO] APPRECIATE EVERYTHING, BIG AND SMALL.”—PARTICIPANT,
KIDS ON TRACK PROGRAM
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A two-day, free (with Muni fare) public performance curated by
Epiphany Dance Theater artistic director Kim Epifano, pairs artists and
ensembles with specific sites along San Francisco’s MUNI route, where
they are invited to create an 8- to 15-minute piece in response to the
physical environment, architecture and history of the area.
In 2019 EDT we celebrated 16 years of SFTD.
Performances By:
Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company
Gerald Casel DanceandGuillermo
Galindo
Soulforce
dawsondancesf
MoToR/dance
Juliano Wade
Epiphany Dance Theater
October 17 & 18, 2019
Mid Market & Noe Valley
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"Loved the
diversity and
tone/storyline
of different
dance groups
and different
sites.
Great idea
connecting
different
neighborhoods"
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Rock & Mortar was an
immersive, multidisciplinary
performance featuring an all-
woman cast and their stories of
gender, ancestry, religion and
politics. In this
dance/theatre/song adventure,
audiences were invited to
explore the venue’s physical
landmarks amidst an
extraordinary collection of
intimate vignettes and sensory
installations.
December 4 - 8, 2019
Z Space, SF
Rock & Mortar’s ensemble includes:
Heather Arnett, Allegra Bautista,
Nuria Bowart, Nehara Kalev,
Shaghayegh Cyrous, Jhia Jackson,
Jenny McAllister, Lucrezia Palandri,
and Kayla May Paz Suarez
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“There is something orgiastic in this work, and the
through-line transmitted is the presence through the eons
of female bodies as sites of labor, of healing, and of
madness. The stories sung and told often feature
grandmothers – their remedies, their physicality, their
enduring offering.”
– Elizabeth Costello
Photos by Robbie Sweeny.
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I am proud to continue to serve as President of the Board of Epiphany
Dance Theater. Completing our 22nd season in 2019 was a major
achievement for a San Francisco Bay Area Dance Company facing the
challenges of remaining viable and relevant in an environment of social
change and financial uncertainty for all Arts Organizations.Epiphany
Dance Theater continued to meet and exceed the basic tenets of our
core mission statement. We produced thought provoking work
throughout 2019 that was accessible to all bay area audiences, we
expanded our educational outreach with younger and older populations,
we moved ahead with cross cultural programming for all ages, we
brought our unique performances to the stage and into the streets. We
remain interested in social issues which inform our work and motivate
us to provide art to enhance insight and to inspire change.
Our 22nd season allowed us to reach our diverse community of over
9,000 audience members while collaborating with 44 different Bay Area
arts companies and the many artists that comprise them. We completed
our 16th year of the wildly successful San Francisco Trolley Dances and
launched our ambitions and well received full scale production of Rock &
Mortar at Z Space. Completing 2019 left us with renewed appreciation for
the number of grants received from Bay Area Arts Funders and gratitude
for our many generous individual donors, both new and old.
This essential support provided necessary funding for our organization
and for the programs we bring to the community. Our financial health is
strong as we have achieved our budget goals and have seen year over
year increases in our income. We remain conscientious with our
expenses and creatively produce work that is rich in substance and
reflects the quality and caliber the best of San Francisco has to offer. Our
dynamic work was accessible to Bay Area audiences throughout 2019.
We look forward to 2020 with the same enthusiasm that allowed our
22nd Season to be a resounding success.
James Hunter
President of the Board
Epiphany Dance Theater
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As Epiphany Dance Theater’s Treasurer for the past three years, I have
witnessed their enduring commitment and perseverance to fulfill the mission of
producing high-quality, accessible, and culturally sensitive programming and
performances to the Bay Area community. For the past 22 years, Epiphany has
forged partnerships and collaborations with not only local and national artists,
but with local businesses and nonprofits, marginalized populations, and
educational institutions to build engaging works and workshops rooted in the
essence of their communities. This dedication has enabled us to flourish
alongside the rapidly changing arts landscape.
In 2019, Epiphany experienced stable and successful financial standings through
steady growth of: 1) income, 12% via project funding, 2) donor base and
programmatic activity, 3) board development and engagement, 4) sustained and
larger grants assistance. Through new projects such as Rock & Mortar, Epiphany
secured a 12% consistent year over year (YOY) growth to support its expanding
vision and maintain pace with economic shifts directly impacting the arts
nonprofits in the Bay Area. At the close of each calendar year, we have boosted
our donor appeal and outreach, a reflection of our abilities to connect to new
constituents and our diligence in strategizing ways to invest in current donors,
preparing for a new year of programming and performances.
A notable strategy that has directly affected potential and current donors is
Epiphany’s prolonged development of brand awareness. Following a complete
re-branding in 2017, the company continues to solidify its presence year after
year as its projects come full circle.Also contributing Epiphany’s 2019 financial
success was the board’s continued development and engagement to provide
resources in avenues that best support the company: [list out specific board
programming, Board organized fundraising event raised $4500, increase of $2k
from 2018, etc.] Finally, at the foundation of Epiphany is its grants assistance
base; throughout its Bay Area tenure, Epiphany has established and preserved
relationships with various foundations to sustain long-term and wide-reaching
programming that align with the company’s vision and mission of art-making.
Arleen Vatuvei
Treasurer of the Board
Epiphany Dance Theate
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2019 proved to be a full and rewarding year for Epiphany Dance Theater, as we
focused efforts on making the subtle changes necessary for beautiful growth. This
year, Epiphany hired a new Managing Director (Jes DeVille) and Company Coordinator
(Kaylamay Paz Suarez) to steer our administrative efforts. Also full time artists, we
found our team operating at our maximum. 2019 was full of lessons including the
importance of taking care of ourselves in the work, learning what is too much, and
calling it when what we’ve done is enough. We found success in our annual
programming and non-profit development while still remaining true to the core of
the company; creating thought-provoking, accessible dance performances and
educational programs, building understanding across cultures and ages.
I started the year as Artist in Residence at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School
through Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, teaching storytelling/dance theater and
visual arts classes to four 2nd grade classes. I look forward to working with the young
people in the SoMa District each year. In doing this work, I get to witness the
progress of the students with the teachers as they strengthen their language skills
and gain confidence through the performance, design, and creatively expressing
themselves. It’s a joy to see the value of these universal art forms helping with all
modes of learning - including enhancing cognitive and building collaborative skill
sets.
2019 was also the 33rd year of co-directing the Mudd Butt Mystery Theatre Troupe in
Telluride, Colorado through the Telluride Academy. In April, Mudd Butt International
traveled to Imouzzer Kandar, Morocco to facilitate a foreign exchange program with
our American students. It concluded in collaborative performances of The Drum. I
have been so informed by these cross-cultural adventures and always come away
with a deeper understanding of how wonderful and creative people are all over the
world. Epiphany hosted its first Ohana Floor fundraiser in September; A full moon
celebration on the top floor of Salesforce Tower. With guidance and excitement from
Board President, James Hunter, our event featured local live music (Kitten on the
Keys) and Epiphany Dance Theater’s excerpts of new dance-theater work, Rock &
Mortar.
We collaborated with long-time partner SFMTA/MUNI to produce the 16th annual San
Francisco Trolley Dances in October, exploring the Tenderloin/Mid-Market and Noe
Valley neighborhoods with at-capacity tours visiting 7 site-specific commissioned
dance works each day. We are thankful for the communities that welcome our art
each year, as well as the artists and volunteers who help make the magic that keeps
this popular SF Civic event going!
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While our annual programs experienced great success, in the office and studio spaces were a
group of dedicated performers engaged in “Rock & Mortar” rehearsals. The conception of Rock
began with the Bogliasco Artist in Residence program where I spent 5 weeks outside of Genova,
Italy. Rock e Malta was first seen at the FRESH festival as a work in progress. It grew into an
evening length, anthropological performance piece in collaboration with an international web of
female artists. Mixing dance, song/vocalized narrative, and sensory installations involving light,
video installations by artist Shaghayegh Cyrous, smells and sounds - Epiphany Dance Theater
investigated our immigrant ancestries, religion’s ability to create walls, and the ruin/rebirth that
comes from the collision of old and new. “Rock & Mortar” premiered at Z Space in December, a
venue deliberately chosen for two key reasons: its multifaceted nature as a performance space
and my long history there.
Z Space’s precursor, Theater Artaud, was my “artistic village” for many years, where I personally
grew as both artist and collaborator. We investigated every inch of the theater’s interior during
our Technical Residencies in 2018 and 2019 through ZSpace, considering its physical layout for
potential installation and performance sites. With this group of participating artists performing as
“sites” themselves, literal and figurative architecture brought the piece’s essential themes to life:
the urgent need to champion the voices of women artists...to inspire us to move forward together.
Producing this piece was hard work and inspiring.
As a performer in the piece, it showed me the value of intergenerational groups of people working
together. As we look forward to 2020, Epiphany aims to continue fostering projects that will make
an impact on society, prioritizing working with all ages and diverse communities.
Kim Epifano
Executive Artistic Director
Epiphany Dance Theate
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FromFebruary 2018 -
December 2019 Epiphany's
social media engagement
has increased on Instagram
and Facebook.
Our audience is growing
daily!
SFTD 2019 Demographics
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S P E C I A L T H A N K S T O O U R
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C R E D I T S
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