Kim Epifano has a thirty-year history as a choreographer, director, performer, vocalist, educator, curator, and collaborator. Since 1997 she has been the artistic/executive director of Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater, creator of thought-provoking, accessible dance performances and educational programs. Epiphany has produced and performed Botany’s Breath, set in the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers; Solo Lo Que Fue in the border town of Mexicali, Mexico; and Fears of Your Life with developmentally disabled artists. It also founded and produces the annual San Francisco Trolley Dances festival. Epiphany has worked with partners to envision, coproduce, curate, and choreograph the Walking Distance Dance Festival with ODC Theater, Baile en la Calle with Brava! Theater for Women in the Arts, and Island City Waterways with the Mural Dances and Rhythmix Cultural Works. Epifano’s work has garnered multiple Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and nominations. She was a collaborator with Sara Shelton Mann and Contraband for nine years, and with Dance Brigade with Krissy Keefer and Nina Fichter for eight years. YBCA commissioned a major new work, Last Blue Couch in the Sky, by Epifano in honor of Epiphany’s twentieth anniversary in 2017, with a prestigious grant from the Gerbode Foundation. Epifano created a mentorship teen arts program in San Francisco with Refugee Transitions. Through YBCA’s Civic Engagement department Epifano is an artist in residence at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. She is co-artistic director of Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe and Mudd Butt International. She received her MFA in choreography from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been funded by the NEA, the Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Haas Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation, among others.
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