San Francisco Youth Theatre
Meet the Staff



Emily Klion, Founder and Executive Director, specializes in collaborating with artists from all disciplines, creating and producing new works of theater for youth with an emphasis on social justice. She has a BA and MA from Mills College in music composition, where she studied with the great Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. Emily composes much of the music for SFYT’s original productions. Before founding SF Youth Theatre, Emily was the director of the Marsh Youth Theater (MYT), which she co-founded in 2001.  She is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Music Composition and Direction in Deer Rose, the American Harmony Prize for her original script and score of Katherine Paterson’s Jip, His Story, and the Rex Foundation’s Jerry Garcia Award for promoting creativity in youth. In 2019 she was on the founding faculty of the Centre for Indian and Western Music in Shillong, India.
Dyana Díaz, Outreach Coordinator and Teaching Artist, is a Puerto Rican actress and teaching artist; she earned her B.A. in Performing Arts for the Theatrical Expression at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, in 2012. There, she was co founder of “Colectivo Transeunte” a theatre group dedicated to the creation of performances for young audiences. With Colective Transeunte, she worked as an actress, assistant director, stage manager and producer in numerous performances, locally and internationally. On 2014 she was co founder of  INART, Institute of the Performing Arts, the first private acting school in Guadalajara, Mexico where she worked as a teaching artist and academic coordinator. In early 2017, she arrived in San Francisco and started working with SFYT as a teaching artist and outreach coordinator.
Leslie Price, Special Projects Manager and Teaching Artist, is a theatre educator, director, and writer. From 2005-2016 she served as the Children's Director for The Theatre of Western Springs in the Chicago area, creating curriculum and producing a variety of plays and musicals including the premiere adaptation of Al Capone Does My Shirts by San Francisco's Gennifer Choldenko. In addition to her work at SFYT, Leslie is a consultant with the Black Arts Movement Business District Fest in Oakland, and is a writer for Clef Notes Journal, an arts magazine in Chicago. Leslie has worked at SFYT since 2017.


SFYT is currently searching for Marketing and Developing Coordinator! Follow the link to learn more.

In July, we will be looking for a Program Manager. Stay tuned for our job announcement, or email: for more information.