Our Mission

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.

Artistic Focus

Our programs include annual performance and educational programming; the highly acclaimed San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD), now in its 19th year; and community education and outreach activities for youth and adults in the Bay Area and around the world.


Kim Epifano (She/Her)

Artistic Director & Exec Team (Founder)

Enter Kim Epifano, who for more than 20 years has been making work in this city that’s grounded us in a social center while stretching towards San Francisco’s physical limits. She has managed to make defined communities the successful end rather than the procedural means of her aesthetic vision. Her work models a vision for community development and documentary at the intersection of deft, provocative artistic expression.


Kayla May Paz Suarez (She/siya/they)

Artistic Associate Director

Kayla May, also known as KMPS, is a performance and visual artist who is dedicated to the decolonization of her work. She is based in Spanish Harlem, New York, which sits on the land of the Munsee Lenape people. Kayla was born and raised on Ohlone Land, specifically in the Confederated Villages of Lisjan in San Lorenzo, California. Kayla's parents are Jerry Gelindon Suarez, who hails from Ferrol Romblon, Philippines, and Yolanda Fadera Paz Suarez, from Masudsud Concepcion, Romblon Philippines. As an artist, Kayla is deeply passionate about exploring various creative outlets, from visual art to acting, and collaborating with others. At the heart of all of Kayla's work is the value of decolonization. Her mission is to reclaim her own narrative and speak with her authentic voice, while simultaneously challenging and dismantling the structures that uphold colonialism. Kayla May has been with EDT since 2019, first as Company Coordinator, Communications & Education Director, and now the Associate Artistic Director.

Jacob Zimmer (they/them)

Managing Director

Jacob F. Zimmer is from Hanover Park, IL. is an artist and poet. They attended the San Francisco Art Institute at Chestnut and Leavenworth St. Outside of Epiphany Dance Theater they work as the stage manager for the African-American Shakespeare Company. As an artist, they work in sound design and performance based art. Their favorite color is maize and loves Portillo’s hotdogs.

Cindy Bruneman Michael (She/Her)

Bookkeeper, Advisory Executive Team

Finance leader and consultant with over 20 years of experience in non-profit arts and social service organizations and for- profit construction and commercial real estate companies. Extensive experience with board presentations and driving process improvements within organizations. An enthusiastic and considerate problem solver, dedicated to ethics, program efficiency and good stewardship of funds. Highly resourceful, open-minded and develops strong working relationships within diverse groups of people. She has worked for Kronos Performing Arts Association/Kronos Quartet, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Junior Center for Art and Science and Epiphany Dance Theater since 2018.

Serena Pickett (She/her)

Teaching Artist

Serena Pickett, born and raised in New York City, is a dancer, choreographer, and yoga practitioner. She received her 200 hr yoga teacher training certification at YogaWorks in Manhattan in 2018. She moved to San francisco where she received a BA degree in Performing Arts and Social Justice in a concentration of dance with an Environmental Studies minor at the University of San Francisco in 2022. Serena has practiced different forms of movement with experience in learning from dance companies; Pilobolus Dance Company, Battery Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, and Robert Moses Kin. She is currently teaching yoga classes in the Bay Area. Her work is inspired by the human relationship with nature, because of this, she has found a love for site specific dance. As a teacher and movement artist, Serena is most interested in reimagining spaces, creating new rooms for awareness, healing, compassion, and play.


James Hunter (he/him)

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 Vatuvei (she/her)

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 (he/him)

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 (he/him)

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.

Dylan Rodolf (he/him)

Board Member

Dylan has worked in higher education development, cultivating donor relationships to raise money for university initiatives. Currently a third-year law student at UC Berkeley, studying legal frameworks that shape the built environment, including property law, urban planning, housing policy, and sustainable real estate development.

Annual Reports

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