Joe Landini (director of development/founder) received his BA in choreography from UC Irvine and his MA in choreography from the Laban Centre (London). His choreography has been presented at the ODC Theater, Z Space, the Cowell Theater and Dance Mission, as well as Santa Cruz, Marin, Sacramento, Monterey, Laguna Beach, Santa Fe (NM), Mexico City and London. He founded SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in 2007 and received the GOLDIE award from the SF Bay Guardian in 2012.
Janesta (Interim Director of Programs) is a multidisciplinary artist that uses film, collage, poetry, explorative movement, West African ritual and Afrofuturism in their work.
Janesta first moved to the Bay Area in 2006 pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Theater and History at Santa Clara University. As a Black Queer/Nonbinary individual, their creative vision is intrinsically attached to their connection to their lineage and lived experience and thus is their mirror they use to inform and relate to their audience. Janesta seeks to center Black stories, voices and bodies in their work outside of the gaze of colonialism and patriarchy and pushes to inspire healing of POC and Black bodies through decolonizing stories and the ways in which they are told. Janesta strives to not only inspire but embody change. Through acknowledging and uplifting the traditions their ancestors and transestors used to survive, they hope to envision a world where Queer Black and POC individuals can safely exist in the fullness of their being and purpose both within and outside of the performance space. Janesta is currently developing a curriculum around decolonizing movement and the creative process through bodily and spiritual excavation in ODC’s BIPOC Space Residency and loves to cook delicious vegetarian meals for their chosen Fam. All the links to all their projects can be found on their instagram @paisley__parker
Hanna Rose Stangebye
Hanna Rose Stangebye (director of operations) graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and has an intimate relationship with SAFEhouse both as an artist and a staff member. She began as a resident artist in 2014, and over the last 8 years has produced 10+ shows and also worked as a volunteer, a contractor, and a staff member. As an avid traveler, Hanna Rose has shown her work in China, Israel, and France. She also holds a Certificate from the Clown Conservatory at the Circus Center in San Francisco where she was named Clown Captain. As she navigates the complex world of arts administration, Hanna Rose also travels full time in her tiny home on wheels with her better half and their cat.
Colin Johnson (director of technical operations) began doing lighting design and stage management in 2010 at the Garage after acting for several years in SF. He was nominated for a TBA Award and a Bay Area Critic Circle award for lighting design in 2014 for his design of Life X 3. He also does production work, sound design, box office, the front of the house, electrical carpentry and direction.
Jesselito Bie (director of artist relations) moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High-Risk Group and has since performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts, Erika Shurch Performance Project, Jerome Bel, Krista DeNio/ETS, Joe Landini and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions. In 1994, Jesselito assumed leadership of STEAMROLLER Dance Company. He has also received awards for his choreography from the SF Bay Guardian, the 360 Award from CSUEB for all around Outstanding and Outrageous Queer Dance Work and an award from Bay Area Dance Watch for Best Male Solo. He was also a participant in ODC Theater's Sandbox residency program. He is currently a lead artist at Safehouse Arts, co-directs AIRspace, a QTPOC artist residency program and was selected to participate in the 2019 CHIME mentorship program with Margaret Jenkins.
Lydia Clinton (director of marketing) is a Bay Area native who went to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA to pursue a BA in Modern Dance. During college, she also attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Since returning to the Bay Area, Lydia has worked with a number of dance companies such as PUSH Dance Company, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and Capacitor. She also loves spreading her passion for dancing through teaching children at Geary Dance Center and Berkeley Playhouse while making Instagram and TikTok videos @itsjust_lydia.
Nikko Kimzin (Arts & Equity Consultant) is a professional theater performer, producer and Bay Area arts and equity consultant that seeks to create greater communities of belonging. Nikko is the President of Kimzin Creative, a local consultant group that works with county, city, and non-profit organizations to advance their work on inclusive capacity building. He is on the steering committee for the Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance, Leadership Team for Sonoma’s Creative Bridges and current co-conspirator of On The Margins. 2018-2021, he served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Transcendence Theater Company where he produced all education and community programming for 11,000 youth and adults annually with a focus on equitable arts access for underserved communities. He has created Corporate Professional Development programs for Google, Sotheby’s and Bay Area Executive Teams. Contributor to Sonoma County Arts Education Framework. Keynote speaker at CA Migrant Education, Stanford University, Emory University. www.nikkokimzin.com