Northern California
Post Graduate Performance Program

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Northern California is situated within the confluence of a number of pervasive determining factors that have had an impact on the nature of the performing arts that are practiced here. One of them is the spirit of artistic innovation and experimentation that has flourished in the last half a century; a second is a rich history of civil rights and social justice action; a third is the fact that the region is one of the international driving forces in the computer and internet technology industries.

Among the most vital places that these different (and sometimes opposing) value and technology systems are being fused, dissected, remade and re calibrated is in the arts departments of the Bay Area’s university campuses. As such they are sometimes turning out graduates creating forms of expression hitherto unseen.

As we begin to focus on the third decade of the 21st Century and these graduates have embarked on their own careers as artists some of them will take these forms to new places; re-imagining what the performing arts are and what their relationship to audiences can be. SFIAF is interested in presenting examples of this development—and other post-graduate (alumni) artists whose work shows exceptional promise—on an ongoing basis beginning with the Festival in May 2019.

The goal is to offer low-risk opportunities for younger people who are at a stage of their careers where they have decided to become generative performing artists. Specifically those who are in the process of creating an external or formal structure to sustain and manage their careers (i.e. an ensemble, band, 501(c)(3), sole proprietorship or another form of support mechanism) that will enable them to build a place for themselves in the performing arts business.

Associated Institutions:
California State University East Bay
California institute of Integral Studies
Embark Arts
Mills College
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
Stanford University
University of California Santa Cruz
University of San Francisco

For more information call the Festival office at 415-399-9554 or send an email to Andrew Wood at

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