Dragon’s Nest is an incubator for performing artists and projects of all disciplines to hone their craft, make connections, and grow with the support of the Dragon professional team. With a mission to strengthen the whole performing arts ecosystem, Dragon’s Nest focuses on projects and ideas that build community, create connections and tell stories about the social issues of our day. There are no boundaries in the Nest, so you’ll find artists ranging from contortionists and aerialists to break dancers and DJs to brilliant new playwrights and actors.
The Dragon’s Nest Producer Residency provides opportunities for producers, content creators, and dreamers to develop and present their passion projects. With the help of the Dragon team, residents receive mentorship, support, and potentially seed funding to turn their vision into a reality. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis, with priority given to voices from under-represented communities.
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Dragon’s Nest programs are platforms designed to amplify the work of the many diverse artistic communities in our greater performing arts ecosystem, from Comedy to Music, Storytelling, Dance, and more! Led by artists, community organizers and activists, Dragon’s Nest programs create opportunities for hundreds of artists every year to share their work, promote their causes and gain a share of revenues generated through the Dragon platforms. Dragon’s Nest celebrates everything theatre can be!
Live at the Dragon is a monthly performance event that brings dancers, activists, and a variety of international artists of different disciplines together to perform, connect, and advocate. Witness a curated collection of Hip hop, MCs, dance cyphers, and more at this celebration of the performing arts rooted in street dance and the urban arts. This program is produced by Barbara Miron.
A short play development process that centers around under-represented voices and intersectional stories, Dragon Eggs is a monthly short play incubator that offers an opportunity for playwrights to have their short plays performed and receive feedback from theatre professionals and community members from the Bay Area and beyond. This program is produced by Kimberly Ridgeway.
Feats of strength and acts of flexibility! Watch as Cirque de la Luna presents aerial arts, contortion, and dance performances which will dazzle and inspire you with astonishing acts on lyra, silks, trapeze, and others! World-champion and award-winning artists explore an array of themes ranging from the dark and decadent seven sins to the sweet and fanciful children’s folk-stories. This program is produced by Anna Yanushkevich.
Feeling lonely? Miss theatre shop-talk? Drinking with the Dragon is a monthly opportunity to chat with Dragon-ites and friends as they discuss art, life, and a myriad of fun and interesting tangents. You will likely meet some brilliant new artists and learn something new. Grab something to sip on, whether it’s a gin and tonic or a ginger ale and let’s go! This program is hosted by Dragon Staff.
Grab your headphones for Audio Book Club (ABC)! ABC is a weekly virtual gathering where participants experience the joy of listening to stories read aloud by professional actors and voiceover artists, then engage in a facilitated discussion with fellow participants. ABC is accessible via telephone for those without internet access. This program is directed by Robyn Ginsburg Braverman.
Gather around the virtual campfire as friends of the Dragon tell stories of ghosts, goblins, and all things spooky. Each month, you will meet brilliant new artists from our community who stay up late to connect over our shared love of storytelling (and the macabre!!)! Bring your own marshmallows and hot cocoa! This program is produced and hosted by Samantha Ricci.
Meet the Director of Dragon’s Nest
Kimberly Ridgeway has been working professionally as Director, Actor, Playwright and Producer in film and theater for over 20 years. Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the stage plays No More Secrets, Prospect Place, Heavy Burdens and The Gigolo Chronicles, and the short film The Confession. Kimberly has directed projects for Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Altarena Playhouse, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Bay Area Drama Company, Ubuntu Theatre Project, Bay Area Performing Arts Collective, Playwrights Center of San Francisco and TheatreFirst. Some of her favorite acting roles include Mrs. Muller, Doubt, Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, All the Way, Duchess, Wonderland (World Premiere), Biz, The Human Ounce (World Premiere), Randa in Altarena’s Savannah Sipping Society and Camae in The Mountaintop for which she won the 2016 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local).