Joe Landini (executive director) received his BA in choreography from UC Irvine and his MA in choreography from the Laban Centre (London). His choreography has been presented at the ODC Theater, Z Space, the Cowell Theater and Dance Mission, as well as Santa Cruz, Marin, Sacramento, Monterey, Laguna Beach, Santa Fe (NM), Mexico City and London. He founded SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in 2007 and received the GOLDIE award from the SF Bay Guardian in 2012.


Ruth Perez (managing director) has had a passion for dance for as long as she can remember.  She danced with the College of San Mateo Dance Ensemble for two years and has taken various classes throughout the Bay Area.  Ruth has been dancing with a bay area company, fcdc (for change dance collective) for over 4years.  Ruth managed a dance studio in South San Francisco for 10 years and more recently joined the Academy of Ballet as their new administrator, where she enjoys being surrounded by dance on a daily basis.  Ruth joined the SAFEhouse family in March 2018. 

Colin Johnson (technical director) began doing lighting design and stage management in 2010 at the Garage after acting for several years in SF. He was nominated for a TBA Award and a Bay Area Critic Circle award for lighting design in 2014 for his design of Life X 3. He also does production work, sound design, box office, the front of the house, electrical carpentry and direction. 


Zoe Donnellycolt (AIRspace Coordinator) is a queer performance artist based in Oakland California. Zoe's artistic platform aims to expose that which has been negated by normative culture with sparkle and spectalce through immersive post-disciplinary works.  She has shown work at SAFEhouse, Klanghaus, The Foundry Nights, and Salta. Zoe has performed with Melinda Ring, Sarah Berges, Margit Galantar, and Hope Mohr.  Zoe founded the Performance Primers at Periwinkle Palace as a means to expose the work of emerging artists in the Bay Area.  She has been published by Two Plum Press and was featured in Wolfman's New Life Quarterly.  Zoe is a 2018/2019 Emerging Arts Professional Fellow and received her BA from Bennington College in VT.  Zoe was born in the woods of Connecticut and uses she/they pronouns.


Jesselito Bie (Program Coordinator) moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High-Risk Group and has since performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts, Erika Shurch Performance Project, Jerome Bel, Krista DeNio/ETS, Joe Landini and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions. In 1994, Jesselito assumed leadership of STEAMROLLER Dance Company. He has also received awards for his choreography from the SF Bay Guardian, the 360 Award from CSUEB for all around Outstanding and Outrageous Queer Dance Work and an award from Bay Area Dance Watch for Best Male Solo. He was also a participant in ODC Theater's Sandbox residency program. He is currently a lead artist at Safehouse Arts, co-directs AIRspace, a QTPOC artist residency program and was selected to participate in the 2019 CHIME mentorship program with Margaret Jenkins.


Beatrice Thomas (Program Consultant) is an arts & equity consultant, multi-disciplinary social practice artist & performer. Thomas has worked in administrative, curatorial, grantmaking, & educational roles for municipal agencies, community colleges, galleries & non-profits. Thomas leads workshops & facilitates dialogues on grant-writing, queer arts development, & cultural equity. They have served as Program Officer for San Francisco's Cultural Equity Grants program, Program Manager for First Night Austin, an interdisciplinary, urban, arts festival, & Chair of the Austin Art & Public Places Panel. Currently, they are working on a national capacity building project with L.A.N.E/NPN (Leveraging Arts Networks for Equity), designing & facilitating a Leadership Residency for Queer and Trans Artists of Color at SafeHouse for the Performing Arts & mentoring Boston based artists with the Boston Foundation. Thomas is committed to integrating exceptional art from queer communities & culturally specific communities on national stages. Mx. Thomas received a BA from Hampshire College & an MFA from the University of Texas.

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Joe Landini (president) 

Susie McKinnon (vice president)

Donna Moore (treasurer)

JoAnn Selisker (artist representative)