San Francisco Youth Theatre
SFYT Board of Directors

MEET SAN FRANCISCO YOUTH THEATRE's BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

Maica Folch, Board President
Maica is a movement artist and educator from Barcelona, Spain who teaches aerial dance, trapeze and clowning. She has performed in theater and dance projects directed by Moshe Cohen, Rhodessa Jones, Kim Epifano, Theresa Dickinson and Lizz Roman. Maica is a lover of the Day of the Dead celebration. Along with other members of the Marigold Project, she organizes the Day of the Dead festival of altars at Garfield Park. Maica has worked as a movement and drama teacher at numerous local schools, including Cesar Chavez, Buena Vista and Sanchez Elementary Schools, James Lick Middle School and The San Francisco School. 
Raymond Lee, Board Treasurer
Raymond currently lives in San Francisco, but grew up in New Jersey, playing the clarinet and viola from an early age. Music was an important part of his childhood, playing in many groups from school wind ensembles to community orchestras and theater pits. He has a BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and currently works as a Director of Business Development at Visa, where he manages a client management team. Outside of SFYT and work, Raymond loves to spend time outdoors, cook, and is an avid runner and swimmer.  
Burt Magen
Burt is an intellectual property attorney in San Francisco.  He is a co-founder of the intellectual property law firm,  Vierra, Magen, Marcus LLP, that represents high technology clients in the Bay Area and around the world.  During his 25 years as an attorney, Burt has represented numerous companies in the entertainment industry, including 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and Fox Television.  Burt’s passion for the performing arts started with his mother taking him to Broadway shows, and has been renewed supporting his daughter’s passion for acting. Burt has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and a JD from Boston University.

Siouxsie Oki

Siouxsie is the Communications and Engagement Manager at KQED Arts. In this role, she helps to define and lead KQED Arts’ major content initiatives across multiple platforms, including radio, television, video, mobile and social media. Siouxsie also directs strategy and packaging of live events and all aspects of community engagement and audience development for KQED Arts by creating innovative, thought provoking content for new audiences. In the Summer of 2016, she led the team responsible for the popular KQED Arts’ summer series, Women to Watch celebrating 20 local artists. Siouxsie is passionate about the power of art and creativity to build community and to start meaningful conversations about intersectionality and identity.

Annika Presley
Originally from the Netherlands, Annika holds an MA in Sign Language Linguistics and has a passion for the performing arts and education. During her eight year tenure as the Education Director at AXIS Dance Company, Annika brought high quality outreach and education programs to youth and adults with and without disabilities all over the world. Annika currently works as the Managing Director of Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, a contemporary ballet company based in San Francisco. She continues to teach dance and drama in varies forms, and is specialized in working with youth and adults with varying disabilities. 

"When I was 6 years old my mother introduced me to the local musical theater group in our town.  From that day on I fell in love with dance and theater which has shaped me to be the woman I am today. I’m thrilled to be part of San Francisco Youth Theatre and help bring the same life changing experience to others.

Nikita Shrimanker
Nikita earned her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Biology and Neuroscience/Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She also holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business.  Nikita is a finance and operations associate for McKinsey & Co.  She has danced ballet for 9 years in her youth, competed on a national Bhangra dance team in college, and more recently has returned to her sports days with volleyball on Sundays in the Mission.  
 
SFYT has a unique and nurturing way for youth to discuss and dissect social issues in a forum that otherwise can feel compromised by today's social media and technological distractions. I was moved by the passion and by how one board member's child felt empowered through the art.  I have a daughter and would hope for the same one day.  I am proud to be serving and supporting the achievements of this amazing group.