Samantha Ricci is a Bay Area teaching artist and performer. Some favorite in-person projects include assistant-directing Shoggoths on the Veldt at the Dragon and devising and performing the role of Virgil in Epic Immersive’s Infernal Motel. Recently, Sam has been helping moderate and produce Hillbarn Theatre’s socially-distanced Twitch trivia nights and their online kids’ conservatory. When not moderating or sharing spine-tingling lore, you can find Sam creating theatre-related video content for California state prison inmates with Red Ladder Theatre Company.
Barbara Miron is a longtime and very well known resident of Redwood City, California. She founded Community Street Jam in 1990, and still works as a fitness professional, dance instructor, and life-skills coach today. From 1990 – 2013 Community Street Jam Performance Dance Company was a community based dance team, of all age dancers, that performed throughout the Bay Area, year round.. Barbara believes that artistic activities positively impact the health, and happiness of her community.
In 2006, Community Street Jam Fitness, Dance, and Performance Academy opened its own facility in Redwood City. During this time, the CSJ family grew and two full theatre shows a year were produced between 2006-2013, as well as many other opportunities for teaching and performance.
Community Street Jam Studios featured Hip Hop, BreakDance, West African, Belly Dance, Hula, Jazz, Tap, with classes for kids starting at 4 years old. CSJ teachers were hired out at many schools and community centers as well. A very successful full day camp during the summer months was very successful.
In 2013 during the development boom in Redwood City, the decision to close the studio doors was made as rising rents made it impossible to stay open.
Since then, Community Street Jam has evolved, becoming an integral part of the Street Dance scene. Barbara spends her time hiring out her business skills for dance studios and small businesses, as well as creating and producing Live at the Dragon at the Dragon Theatre.
At 64, Barbara is committed to living for 40 more years, and providing participation and support in artistic endeavors, and communities.
Anna Yanushkevich has been filling community theatres and performing at large events for the better part of a decade. Combining ballet, aerial, contortion and visual arts, Anna asks her audience to seek where they sit in their seat on the spectrum between the strange beauty in nature and the macabre. In 2015 the San Diego Fringe Festival designated a special category for Anna, presenting her with the “Twisted Fringe Award” for Nocturnicon, a dive into the the way we handle mental illness and the human body before and after death. In addition, Anna is in school for pre-med and works as a veterinary technician. She also teaches beginner to advanced aerial arts and movement and is committed to helping the world stay strong, healthy and bendy.
Robyn Ginsburg Braverman is proud to be president of Dragon’s re-envisioned
board of directors and helping guide its future. She has been a voiceover actor for
over 40 years; in addition to once playing Carmen Sandiego, Robyn voices such
name clients as OpenTable, Cisco, Google, and Pennzoil. After a college career in
radio broadcasting, she co-hosted a morning drive time radio show, then created,
wrote and performed characters with the comedy troupe Lobster’s FunHouse
Players, content which was used for commercial radio programs and a syndicated
series. Robyn came to theatre arts when she joined the founding team of the Pear
Theatre in 2002. She’s supported that space ever since, through administration,
board membership and her 16-year involvement with the annual production of
Pear Slices. Currently, she serves as producer/director of Pear Theatre’s
developmental reading series, Fresh Produce. Beyond her board activities, Robyn
collaborated with Max & Alika on the world premiere of Barry Slater’s Confession
in 2020, which she co-produced and directed. Robyn lives in Fremont with her
husband Paul and their ever-evolving cat tribe.
Nathanael is a theatre and virtual events professional. Among his occupations are producing, directing, scenic design and scenic art, lighting design and electrics, and occasionally performing. Before relocating to Oakland, CA in 2014, he was a company member with Chicago’s CollaborAction Theatre Company, where he designed interactive experiences for Electric Forest Music Festival, The Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago DCASE, and others; and technical directed the first Chicago Parks tour of Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, which eventually became Peacebook. At Dragon, he has designed scenic and lighting for a number of shows, including The Nether, Shoggoths on the Veldt, and The Revolutionists; he has produced and directed AJ’s Virtual Party, and the multi-voice video poem “We Howl,” and has designed a number of maps for Dragon’s virtual events on the Gather.town proximity chat platform, including Party at the End of the World, and Redwood City Park & Arts’ Family Camp-In Campout. He also serves on the board for TigerBear Productions. Artistic inspiration for Nathanael often comes from nature, literature, games, and the evolution of human technology.