About.

Ernesto Sopprani
Cultural worker, Development strategist,  Writer, et all. 

 

I stage performance art and produce artist-focused programing in the city. I work in the art sector locally, consulting on engagement strategies and overall audience development.

I am a graphic designer by trade, specially branding and print design. This has given me many opportunities to work as communication support, building strategy around promotion, positioning and overall engagement.

I coordinate location-specific and primarily community-based performance projects. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, my work is geared towards investigating innovative and self-sustainable models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work, which expands upon the common definition of Queer and challenges mine’s and my community’s relationship to live performance.

As Director of THEOFFCENTER, I have overseen the production, curation and execution of dozens of site-specific, research-based art interventions, a few large-scale performance festivals, multiple performer-centered art programs both at presenting houses (YBCA, Mission Cultural Center, Mission Dance, The Magic Theatre, SOMArts and others) as well as public spaces (BART trains, city streets, and a privately owned boxing ring).

Additionally, I am director of AIRSpace, SF oldest queer performance incubator. AIRspace is a performing arts residency that supports the creation of new experimental theatre, contemporary dance, spoken word and multidisciplinary performance by providing free rehearsal and performance space as well as critical feedback and artistic development opportunities for emerging LGBTQ artists in the Bay Area.

I am also serving as Advisor for Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA. E.A.P. is a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers in the San Francisco Bay Area through knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and partnerships.