42nd Street Moon’s Commitment to
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The 42nd Street Moon family commits itself to exposing and eliminating the systemic biases that pervade the entertainment industry and society as a whole.

What we do is all about voices, and our strategic goals include opening access to creative outlets and being representative of the diversity of the greater Bay Area community that comprises our staff, board, talent and audience base in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion , education, national origin, and economic status.
These goals will be an ongoing item on every meeting agenda, as well as a key consideration in artistic and organizational planning — all board members, staff, and artists are asked to explicitly commit to these goals and to take responsibility for furthering them within their own sphere of influence inside and outside of 42nd Street Moon.

We embrace diversity and actively seek to perpetuate and celebrate it not only on stage but off stage, as well. We believe that talent, skill, dedication, and passion transcend race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion , education, national origin, and economic status, and unless the theme and content of the script explicitly require it, we will always work proactively to put together talent and creatives representative of the breadth of the greater community.

42nd Street Moon’s DEI Council

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of 42nd Street Moon is a group comprised of 42nd Street Moon board members and staff as well as Bay Area artists, youth, and community leaders who strive to celebrate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within 42nd Street Moon both on and off stage as well as throughout the Bay Area theatre community.

42nd Street Moon’s DEI Council meets bi-weekly to discuss our goals and action plan for change.

Members as of 9.11.20:

  • Angel Adedokun
  • Alex Blacker
  • Anjali Blacker
  • Isaiah Tyrelle Boyd
  • Daren A.C Carollo
  • Brandon Jackson
  • Alicia Jeffery
  • Catalina Kumiski
  • Christina Lazo
  • BrieAnne Martin
  • Katrina McGraw
  • Bryan Munar
  • Vinh Nguyen
  • Anne Norland
  • Tiana Paulding
  • DC Scarpelli
  • Linda Serizawa
  • Panita Serizawa
  • Rani Spudich
  • Zoë Swenson-Graham
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Monica Turner
  • Janet Walker
  • Kayla Yee

Tuesday Talks Over the Moon
Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – September 15
Watch this episode and our first DEI episode below!

Staci Arriaga

Staci Arriaga works as a choreographer for numerous companies all over the Bay Area. Besides her work at Lucky Penny Productions as their Resident Choreographer and an Associate Artist for the last two seasons, she has also worked with Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Center Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, Woodland Opera House, Solano College Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, 6th Street Playhouse, OMG Productions, and two summers with The Ash Lawn Opera in Virginia. Staci has recently received a Theatre Bay Area Award for her choreography in Lucky Penny’s production of Chicago and a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her choreography in Lucky Penny’s production of Hands On A Hard Body. She has also enjoyed performing in various other productions around the Bay, has spent over 25 years teaching tap, jazz and working as a choreographer in musical theatre.

Tami Dahbura

Tami is an ex Bay Area performer now living and working in New York.
First National Tours: Kinky Boots, Memphis, In the Heights – including
performing ITH in Puerto Rico with Lin-Manuel Miranda. National/
International Tour: A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Manuel vs. The Statue of
Liberty, The Pajama Game, Forgotten Broadway. Regional theatre: Half
Time at Paper Mill Playhouse, original cast Heartland at Theatreworks, and
US premiere cast of The Three Musketeers at AMTSJ in California and
Flora the Red Menace at 42nd St. Moon. Tami has been the featured
soloist with Hawaii Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Maryland
Symphony, and Oakland Symphony. Tami is a graduate of Mount Holyoke
College, and in her spare time she is a Puppy Raiser with The Seeing Eye
School in Morristown, New Jersey. She is represented by The Hybrid


Jeffrey Polk

Jeffrey Polk is honored to work and be part of The Tuesday Talk with 42 Street Moon.
His credits include:

  • THE HOT MIKADO (2019) Director/Choreographer at 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco.
  • THE COLOR PURPLE (2018) Director/Choreographer at The Greenway Court Theatre LA
  • BLUES IN THE NIGHT (2018) Associate Director The Wallis Annenberg Beverly Hills.   Director Sheldon Epps
  • AIN’T MISBEHAVIN (2017) Choreographer La Mirada McCoy/Rigby Productions Director Ken Page
  • PORGY AND BESS (2017) Choreographer: ETC Santa Barbara Dir. J. Fox
  • DREAMGIRLS (2017) Choreographer: T. U. T. S. Houston, TX.  Dir. Sheldon Epps
  • KISS ME KATE (2014) Choreographer, Pasadena Playhouse Directed by Sheldon Epps.
  • SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (2013)Director/Choreographer: Pasadena Playhouse
  • Best Director of a Musical NAACP Awards

Jeffrey loves working and inspiring the youth of today. SDC member.

Kimberly Ridgeway

Kimberly Ridgeway has been working professionally as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Consultant and Producer in film and theater for over 20 years. Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the stage plays No More Secrets, Prospect PlaceHeavy Burdens and The Gigolo Chronicles, and the short film The Confession.  Kimberly has directed projects for Bay Area Drama Company, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Ubuntu Theatre Project, Bay Area Performing Arts Collective, Playwrights Center of San Francisco and TheatreFirst. Some notable acting roles include Mrs. Muller, Doubt, Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, All the Way, Duchess, Wonderland (World Premiere), Biz, The Human Ounce (World Premiere), Marianne, The Revolutionists, and Camae in The Mountaintop for which she won the 2016 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local).

Tuesday Talks Over the Moon
Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – September 15

Tuesday Talks Over the Moon
Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – August 4

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