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.

Staff

Kim Epifano

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.

— MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPHThe Kennedy Center

Zoë Klein

Managing Director & Executive Team

Zoë Klein is a choreographer, visual artist, acrobat, lighting designer and activist in the Bay Area and makes work about the importance of origin as an indigenous, international transracially adopted person, born in Colombia. She co-founded Paradizo Dance in NYC which toured 28 countries over 6 continents, and was a top finalist on "America's Got Talent,” and a leader in an international Latin Dance community. Zoë Klein Productions and was nominated for an Isadora Duncan “Izzie” Dance Award for best ensemble 2018. Zoë has been Producing Director at CounterPulse, Communications Manager at Adoption Museum Project, Development Associate at Luna Dance Institute, and Managing Director of FLACC.

Kayla May Paz Suarez

Education & Communications Dir.

Kaylamay Paz Suarez is a 1st generation Pilipinx American, born and raised in the Bay Area. An actor and youth educator, she is passionate about igniting the imaginations of audiences everywhere through theatre, dance and song. Kaylamay has served as company coordinator at EDT since 2019, where she is responsible for donation and volunteer coordination, social media, outreach/educational programming and facilitation of Kids on Track student instruction. Previous arts administration experience includes Red Ladder Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, and New Conservatory Theater.

Cindy Bruneman Michael

Bookkeeper, Advisory Executive Team

With 20+ years of experience in finance and accounting, Cindy brings a unique blend of the corporate mind-set into the nonprofit sector. She believes that having the proper framework and systems will best support the organizational mission, and that trustworthy financial statements are critical to stability and growth. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana specializing in Entrepreneurship. Her greatest loves are her family, dance and travel.

Board

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 Vatuvei

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.

Dylan Rodolf

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.

Frédérique Clay

Advisory Board Member

Frédérique joined Epiphany’s Advisory Board in 2021. A graduate of the Arts Institute of San Diego, she is a freelance creative designer. With a focus on financial services for the last 20 years, she has been a creative leader at BlackRock, BGI/iShares, Morgan Stanley, and Victory Capital among others.

Annual Reports

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2021