Staff & Creatives*

Jordan Haar, Music Curator
Sarita Ocón, Director & Resident Theater Artist, Las Hociconas Lab
Nkeiruka Oruche, The Afro Urban Society
Miguel Bounce Perez, Visual Arts Curator
Fernando Carpenter, Curator, Oakland Freedom Jazz Society (Every Monday night)
Ruthie Dineen, Doug Lee, Luis Salcedo, & Steve Weems, Series curators and members of RDL+, Bay Area Bridges (2nd Sundays)
Suzana Huerta, Curator & Host, Oakland Crossroads (Last Tuesdays)
Kent Kessinger, Co-curator, Balkan Nights (3rd Fridays)
Chuck Johnson & Noah Phillips, Curators, Little Nicky's (Quarterly Series)
Sela, Curator, very clean (Quarterly Ambient and Experimental Hip-Hop Series). 
Renata Tervalon, Curator & Host

Dolores "Lolis" Garcia, Son Jarocho Instructor
Claire Gendler, Group Voice Instructor
Carmen Román, Afro-Peruvian Dance Instructor
Pedro Rosales, Peruvian Cajon Instructor

*Studio Grand also partners with various curators, performing and teaching artists, and other presenters throughout the year who may not be listed on this page. 


Holly Schneider was the visionary who dreamt up and created Studio Grand in September 2013. A local teaching-artist, parent, and musician herself, she was invested in seeing more family-friendly and artist-centered options in the neighborhood. In 2014, very suddenly, we lost Holly. This was a very big loss to those who knew and loved her. She had a very giving spirit, always encouraging people in every way she could. In the short time she spent growing Studio Grand, it became a very important space to so many people. She is now our brightest star in the universe, looking over Studio Grand and her loved ones from the heavens. We miss her dearly and treasure every memory we have with her. We continue to nurture the gift she left for us all with Studio Grand.


Studio Grand is an artist and volunteer-run organization, and there are many ways to get involved! Volunteers play an integral role in our everyday operations. We’re seeking volunteers to act as Counter, Door, or Sound persons for our performance series. Fill out our Volunteer Form to sign up or just email us at


For all booking inquiries, visit our Contact page. 

We look forward to having you by!