Since 1979 Joanna has been creating work that uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her stages have included grain terminals, a clock tower, the pope’s palace, military forts, and a mile of urban neighborhood streets in the South Bronx. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d'Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal/Alpert Award in Dance, the US Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Most recently, Haigood was a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Joanna has had the privilege to mentor many extraordinary young artists internationally at the National École des Arts du Cirque in France, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in England, Spelman College, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, the San Francisco Circus Center and at Zaccho Studio.
A licensed attorney and life-long lover of the arts, Lisa has over 10 years experience in nonprofit operations and financial management. Lisa is also Board President and Executive Director for Independent Arts & Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides fiscal sponsorship and development support to non-commercial art and media-related projects. Since 2010, Ms. Burger has served on the Advisory Council for The Crucible, an Oakland nonprofit industrial arts education center. As an attorney with San Francisco public interest law firm the Lexington Law Group, Lisa's legal practice has been devoted exclusively to representing plaintiffs in environmental enforcement and consumer protection litigation.
Charline Formenty practically grew up on stage. Originally from Paris, France, she caught the theater bug very early in life: she began performing at the age of 3 and has not stopped since. Charline’s stories are cut-and-paste montages assembled from art history and literature, observations of daily life and politics, and the vivid imagery and mythos of her dreams. Drawing on her lifetime of experience, she founded her first company, Les Petites Portes, in 2000. She was the artistic director, writer and producer of the company, created 10 shows and a short movie over a period of 8 years. After graduating from university Paris III and IESA Paris (2008) with a double degree in Art History and Production Management, she worked for DCA - Philippe Decouflé and Le Cirque du Soleil. In 2009 she moved to San Francisco, started freelancing as a designer/photographer for companies like Theatre of Yugen, Cirque Noir, etc., founded her company Carte Blanche and created Ophelia at Fort Mason Center, le Garage and NOHspace (2013) and Femme Fatale at NOHspace, Ashby Stage and San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015. She currently works for SFJAZZ as a house manager, teaches dance-theater at the Lycée Français de San Francisco and is the Marketing Coordinator for Zaccho Dance Theatre.
Youth Performing Arts Program Manager & ZYC Production Manager
For more than 35 years Lizzy Spicuzza has been involved in the arts in San Francisco. First as a performer and them as a production manager, stage manager, lighting designer, producer, teacher and technical consultant. For the past 25 years Lizzy has worked with Zaccho Dance Theatre in many different capacities. Lizzy is also a long time member of Project Artaud and served on the Board of Directors for Theater Artaud Inc. for 18 years.
As a resident of the District 10 community’s historically African American neighborhood, Bayview Hunters Point Tyra Fennell has served tirelessly through her work as founding director of Imprint City, to activate underutilized areas with art to encourage increased foot traffic in support of local merchants. Tyra also serves on the leadership committee, working with San Francisco’s City administration to pass legislation to designate the Bayview Hunters Point, as an historically African American Cultural District as well as Proposition E, legislation to support funding for youth arts programs, artists, cultural centers, cultural districts, arts organizations, and more through a portion of the Hotel Tax.
Tyra is a San Francisco, Assembly District 17 (AD17) Delegate for the California State Democratic Party. She is additionally the co-founder of the San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club (San Francisco), serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) as well as being an Emerge California Alum. She is also a proud, legacy graduate of Howard University.