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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.


Krista Smith – Development Consultant

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.

Email: ksmith@queerculturalcenter.org

The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins – Senior Development Manager

Vee 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 Senior Development Associate, Ms. Jenkins is grateful to work for and with the Bay Area’s Queer and Trans arts communities in the pursuit of that NPIC $chmoney. #FundTheRevolution


 Lady Ms V Jenkins

Sarah Guerra – House Manager

Sarah Guerra is a native Tejana currently living in Oakland California. She has dedicated her professional work to creating social change through the arts. She is the Production Manager for the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) where she works closely with QCC’s artist grantees for the National Queer Arts Festival. Most recently she was the Program Director for Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco where she managed its youth program, rentals subsidy program, and Brava Presents programming. Previously, 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 is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons national steering committee and a founding member of Bay Area Latinx Theater Artist Network.


Kim Johnson – Production Manager