Musical Traditions | Paul Dresher Ensemble
Board of Directors (2022)
Paul Dresher, President (Founder)
Artistic Director, Musical Traditions/Paul Dresher Ensemble
San Francisco, CA
Mary K. Austin (Since 2006)
Founder, Center for the Book
San Francisco, CA
Ellen Hahn (Since 2017)
Singer, Community Activist
Karin Hibma (Since 2016)
Strategic Identity Consultant and Owner, :: CRONAN ::
Mohammed Hill (since 2019)
Senior Counsel – JD University of Virginia School of Law
Dean Suzuki (Since 1992)
Associate Professor of Music, San Francisco State University
Radio Programmer, Music Journalist & Critic, KPFA
San Leandro, CA
Tim Ware, Treasurer (Since 2013)
Founder, HyperArts, Inc. (website design and development company)
Artistic Advisory Board
SETH EISEN is a San Francisco-based artist creating a hybrid of live performance and visual media. He engages LGBTQ history as a living, breathing dialogue by researching lost legacies and reflecting on his findings on stage. Central to his artistic vision is the combining of puppetry and object manipulation with visual art, writing, and dance in a layered and unified aesthetic. He devises work through rigorous historical research and creative interviews revealing subversive histories. Eisen’s work expands the dialogue between static and live art as a vehicle to broaden human perspectives and effect social change while honoring queer ancestors and evolving queer culture.
GUILLERMO GALINDO is a Post – Mexican composer/sound artist/ visual artist/performer whose practice resides at the crossroads between sound, sight, and performance, redefining the conventional limits between performance, composition, and the intersections between artistic disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality, and social awareness. Galindo’s graphic scores and three-dimensional sculptural cyber-totemic sonic objects have been shown at major museums and biennials in America, Europe—documenta14 (2017)—, and Asia. His work is part of the permanent collections of The Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Florida, LACMA in Los Angeles, and The National Gallery in Washington DC.
ERIC GARCIA is equal parts devised theater artist, dance filmmaker, drag queen, and community organizer, with a penchant for queer maximalism. Eric, also known as Churro Nomi, hosts & performs all over San Francisco, especially at her staple shows in the Mission District: Clutch The Pearls and Drag Spectacular Spectacular. He has created works with OddKnock Productions, Amie Dowling, 13th Floor, Sharp & Fine, FACT/SF, LEVYdance, Project Thrust, Catherine Galasso, Arletta Anderson/Adam Smith, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance,. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Detour, a devised dance-theater company based in SF. He is on the advisory board for the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers and is a founding member of Latinx/Hispanic Dancers United.
STEPHANIE HEWETT (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work emerges from a play-based movement practice within an investigative framework. Hewett has produced movement-based performance work in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2017, upon earning her MFA in Dance from Mills College. She has shown work as an independent artist in residence at Counterpulse in SF and the Paul Dresher Ensemble in West Oakland, exploring themes of fluidity, performance navigation through physical injury, Black music as a site of liberation, and embodied ancestral knowledge and wisdom. As a queer, Black, Afro-Diasporic artist with roots in the Caribbean, her work is inevitably rooted in emancipatory practices.
STEPHANIE ANNE JOHNSON is a second-generation theater practitioner. Her mother Virginia Greene worked with the American Negro Theater in the 1950s. As a lighting designer she has worked with Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre now Oakland Theater Project, African American Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and HouseFull of BlackWomen. As the playwright/performer for Every Twenty-One Days: Cancer, Yoga and Me, she performed in SF, LA, Berkeley, and Atlanta. Her installations use light and projections as tools for symbolic and metaphorical examinations of African American history. Dr. Johnson is a founding faculty of the Visual & Public Art Department at CSU, Monterey Bay.
ANDY MEYERSON is an San-Francisco-based drummer/percussionist and the Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated experimental classical ensemble The Living Earth Show. Named one of the “22 performers to watch in ‘22” by the Washington Post, The LES has presented over a decade of “outstanding” (SF Chronicle) and “transcendent” (Charleston City Paper) new music that pushes the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility while amplifying voices and perspectives that the classical music tradition has often excluded. He is also the drummer and co-founder of queer nü metal collective COMMANDO, music director of renegade dance company Post:ballet, and the artistic director and CEO of the experimental music record label Earthy Records.
CLAUDINE NAGANUMA directs dNaga, a multi-generational professional and community dance ensemble. She was the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances and a founding board member of SF Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. She is currently the Director of Danspace and the founder of GIRL Project, a free art & empowerment workshop for POC middle school girls that reside at the EastSide Arts Alliance. Naganuma is a certified Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s disease) instructor and the Director of the Oakland program since 2007. Naganuma’s creative work examines subjects including the impact of racist laws, incarceration, issues facing youth, and living with Parkinson’s disease.