Sean Dorsey

  • he/him
  • Artistic Director

Sean Dorsey is an award-winning choreographer and dancer and the founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Meat Productions. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has been named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and was named one of the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. He has been awarded five Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. Dorsey has been awarded major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Creative Work Fund, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Queer Cultural Center (San Francisco), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston), Dance Place (Washington DC), The Theater Offensive (Boston), 7 Stages (Atlanta), Links Hall (Chicago), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), and Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles). Dorsey has collaborated with artists including Lana and Lilli Wachowski (Directors, The Matrix, Cloud Atlas), and Anohni (formerly Anthony and the Johnsons). For more info, visit the Artistic Director’s page.

Eric Garcia

  • he/him
  • Managing Director

Eric Garcia is an arts administrator, choreographer, and drag queen whose feet are deeply rooted in the Bay Area. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Detour Dance, an ensemble that produces original devised theater works, hosts performance-based investigative workshops, and presents the annual Tiny Dance Film Festival. He is also the Festival Coordinator with the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Eric hosts and performs at drag cabarets and clubs all around the Bay Area as Churro Nomi. He was a 2016-17 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow, was nominated for an 2016 Isadora Duncan Dance Award and was the recipient of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s 2017 CHIME Award.

Zach Kopciak

  • he/she/they
  • Development Director

Zach Kopciak is a theater artist, event producer, and arts administrator currently based in San Francisco, specializing in supporting historically underrepresented artists create in non-traditional performance contexts. In the past, Zach has worked with art and event companies across the US and UK, after receiving an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Currently, Zach is also the Co-Managing Director of 3Girls Theatre, which develops and presents new work by women playwrights living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Den Legaspi

  • Graphic Designer

Den Legaspi has been designing gorgeous materials for Fresh Meat Productions and Sean Dorsey Dance since 2006.

Sarah Taborga

  • she/they
  • Social Media Manager

Sarah is a queer, Bolivian-American community organizer, dancer, and filmmaker from the Bay Area. Sarah received her B.A. from Mills College in Public Policy and her M.F.A in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Her video work has been leveraged by social justice organizations like Advancement Project, The Utility Reform Network, and Just Cause/Causa Justa to win progressive campaigns. Sarah’s “2020 PSA” video was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network in the program, Where Do We Go From Here? Sarah’s documentary, “Dear Queer
Dancer,” aired on PBS in July 2021.

Dear Queer Dancer transformed from a documentary to an arts service organization that centers the professional and creative success of LGBTQ+ dancers. Dear Queer Dancer put on the first annual QueerDanceCon in 2021 which brought together LGBTQ+ dancers, choreographers, theatre directors, arts administrators, somatic practitioners, and dance movement therapists to network, inspire each other, and build creative opportunities. The entire event was held virtually!

Shawna Virago

  • she/her
  • General Manager

Shawna Virago is a songwriter celebrated for her lyric-based songs. She is one of the nation’s first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally, and has performed as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s. She has been profiled online, in print and on radio including Bitch, the Advocate, Huffington Post Louder ThanWar, No Depression, Paste magazine, on NPR and PBS. POP DOSE Magazine wrote “In these turbulent times, you may often wonder, ‘Where’s our Bob Dylan? Where’s the bard of the 2010s translating the dicey political and social climate into musical stanzas?’… Enter Shawna Virago.” Virago is also a published writer and her work appears in several anthologies. She is also the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.

Gwen Park

  • Online Programs Technical Consultant

Gwen Park is a freelance cinematographer and photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in print and online in publications such as Where Magazine and the Bay Times. Gwen is a part Executive of the San Francisco Trans March’s Board of Directors, and is frequently found documenting arts events and public demonstrations for the San Francisco trans and queer community.

Krista Smith

  • Grants Specialist

Krista Smith is a freelance development and strategic planning consultant based in Oakland. Krista is past Development Director of the Queer Cultural Center and serves over two-dozen Bay Area based arts organizations. AKA Kentucky Fried Woman, Smith is also a performing artist and writer working at the intersections of her fat, queer femme, white, and Southern identities. Her work has been featured on stages and bar-floors all over the US and Canada and published in The Register of Kentucky History, Femmes of Power, the Lambda Literary Award-Winning Glitter & Grit: Heels on Wheels Anthology, and Queer Appalachia. Krista is passionate about working with organizations of, by, and for the communities they serve to increase their financial resources and strategize their sustainable futures.

Board of Directors

Ryan Buchholz

Eric Garcia

Tina D’Elia

Sean Dorsey

Mauryne Lees

Erin Singer

Beatrice Thomas

Shawna Virago