|QCC STAFF Profiles|
|Pamela Peniston – Artistic Director
Pamela Peniston is a Founding Member and Artistic Director of the Queer Cultural Center (Qcc). She was an initial member of Mayor Art Agnos’ Cultural Affairs Task Force of San Francisco in 1989, which helped to establish the guidelines for the Cultural Equity Grants Program at the SF Arts Commission.
Prior to Qcc, Pamela designed sets for National and Bay Area theatrical and dance companies. She was nominated for an OBIE award for her design of EDEN for the Negro Ensemble Company in New York and received Critic’s Circle Awards for her designs of POPPIES and COCONUT for Theatre Rhinoceros here in San Francisco.
In a side trip into television in Chicago and Atlanta, she received gold medals from the Broadcast Design Association for her Art Direction at The Weather Channel.
Since 1998, Pamela has provided visionary leadership for Queer Cultural Center’s iconic program, the National Queer Arts Festival—now celebrating its 21st year—commissioned generations of LGBTQI artists & artists of color, and provided opportunities for them to discover their voices and connect with their communities. Pamela and Qcc have mentored and inspired queer artists who have become leaders and changed the cultural landscape of queer arts across the nation.
|Mona Webb – Associate Artistic Director
Scholar practitioner, teaching performance artist and Afro-Creek queer activist Ramona “Mona” Webb serves as the Assistant Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center which is the producer of the National Queer Arts Festival. Mona formerly served as Artistic Director of Project ABLE and Lyrical Minded415, which is an Art Based Learning for Equity seasonal course implemented in SFUSD’s Title I Neglected school sites. For 10 years Mona served as poetry Slammaster of San Francisco.
Mona is a conservatory trained artist who writes and performs in “docu-ritual- drama theater” and attended the dual Theater Performance Making MFA program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and Chichester University in Chichester, England. “How to Catch a Rapist in 12 Parts”, is her current one person show and it chronicles her journey to seeking justice for a rape committed 20 years ago. Ramona’s pronouns are she, her, them and they.
|Rudy Lemcke – Communications Director
Rudy Lemcke is a new media artist, writer and curator who lives and works in San Francisco. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and included in such exhibitions as Silence, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive; Art AIDS America, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington, and The New World as part of the de Young Museum’s artist residency program. His poetry and writings have appeared in Performance Research, Art Journal on-line, The Josh and Eleven Eleven. His recent curatoral projects include a trilogy of exhibitions titled The Turning, Queerly that include, From Self to #Selfie (2017), A History of Violence (2018) and the upcoming exhibition Precarious Lives (2019).
Lemcke is a Founding Member of Queer Cultural Center and is the artistic director of Creative Labor, a non-profit artist organization based in San Franciscos.
Lemcke coordinates Communications at QCC, a broad range of responsibilities that include Website Curation, Visual Arts Programs, Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts Curation, Emerging Scholars Program and Institutional Outreach to Bay Area Arts Educational Programs.
|Aimee Espiritu – General Manager
Aimee Espiritu Consulting launched in October 2017 based on my 10 years of experience providing Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Arts Management and Arts Education for non-profit organizations and school districts. Prior to this, I was an Arts Educator and Administrator for 14 years with a primary focus of engaging young people in classrooms, museums and arts programs through creative youth development, curriculum design, exhibit development, and peer-to-peer training. It has been my calling to utilize and combine the creative methodologies I’ve gained from my design training with my drive to use the arts as a tool for societal impact. It is the field of arts education in analog (museums, non-profit organizations, school districts, and maker spaces) and digital realms that make it possible for me to authentically practice both passions.
|Krista Smith – Development Director
Krista Smith aka Kentucky Fried Woman is Qcc’s Development Director. A native Kentuckian living in Oakland since 2005. She has been involved in the arts since 1978 and has worked as a solo artist and with various performance troupes in Santa Barbara, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2002-2005 Krista dedicated her time and energy to the Queen Bees as their founder and choreographer. She is a co-founder of the queer tap-troupe, ButchTap, who performed from 2007-2012. Between 1999-2015 she has produced over 100 queer performing arts events. She has been featured in several National Queer Arts Festival presentations including Rally the Troupes, Flabulous!, White Lies, Breaking Code, and Y’all Come Back. Smith was a part of the Femme Collective, which produced the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 Femme Conferences serving as Performance and then Conference Chair. She has been in Development work since 2003, specializing in grantwriting, individual gifts, and fundraising events production. Smith views the arts as a foundational element to creating social change and social equity and is thrilled to be putting her skills and experiences to use to further QCC’s mission.
|The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins is a performance artist , stand up comedian, designer/seamstress/milliner/costumer, writer, burlesque sensation, filmmaker, maker and organizer of note, basically, the only thing She doesn’t do is BS.
As the QCC’s newest Development Associate, Ms. Jenkins is grateful to work for and with the Bay Areas queer and trans arts communities in the pursuit of that NPIC $krilla. #FundTheRevolution
|Sarah Guerra – Production Manager
Sarah is a native Tejana living in California since 2001. She has been involved in the arts since 1992 and has worked with various theatre companies in San Antonio, Tejas, most notably the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Jump-Start Performance Co., and The Epseranza Peace and Justice Center. From 2001-2004 Sarah dedicated her time and energy to El Teatro Campesino as their resident stage manager and production manager. She is a co-founder of the resident youth theatre group, Grupo Animo, at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center from 1992-1995. From 1999 to 2004 she functioned as the Assistant Festival Coordinator for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Centers CineFestival. Form 2005-2011 she was the program director at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California where she commissioned new works, managed artist residencies and curated La Peña’s annual Hecho en Califas Festival. She also functioned as La Peña’s staff liaison to Ford Foundation Future Aesthetic Co-Hort and National Performance Network. Sarah has dedicated her life to the arts as education and as a tool for political and social justice.
|Kim Johnson – Production Manager