Staff & Creatives*

Nkeiruka Oruche, Interim Creative & Administrative Director
Jordan Daniel Haar, Performing Arts Coordinator
Renata Tervalon, Curator & Host
Fernando Carpenter, Series curator, Oakland Freedom Jazz Society (Every Monday night)
Ruthie Dineen, Doug Lee & Luis Salcedo, Series curators and members of RDL+, Bay Area Bridges (2nd Sundays)


Claire Gendler, Group Voice Instructor
Satya de la Paz, Yoga Teacher, Yoga for People of Color
Alice Riegert, Capoeira Instructor
Dolores "Lolis" Garcia, Son Jarocho Instructor [currently on hiatus]
Alyah Baker, Dance Instructor (Ballet for Black & Brown Bodies - Ballet) [currently on hiatus]
Nekeya Senegal, Dance Instructor (Flavas - Soca/Caribbean) [currently on hiatus]

*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.

about Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo

In 2014, Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo took on leadership of Studio Grand after the untimely passing of her close friend, Studio Grand founder Holly Schneider. From 2014-2017 she promoted programming that reflected the cultural diversity of Oakland, collaborating especially with artists, cultural workers, healers, and movement builders who are concerned with racial equity and with advancing narratives about people of color. Vanessa stepped down from her role as Executive Director of Studio Grand in June 2017, joining the Akonadi Foundation as a Program Officer.

Originally from East Los Angeles, Vanessa was raised by a single mother who is a native of Mexicali, México. Vanessa has lived in the Bay Area for 14 years where she has called the Mission and West Oakland home. Vanessa was one of the lead vocalists for Las Bomberas de la Bahia, a nine-piece all female dance and music group who performed and honored the Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba for eight years. These days, she enjoys being an audience for her favorite performers, who include almost twenty nieces and nephews, as well as spending time with her partner, good friends, and family.



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.



For all booking inquiries, visit our Contact page. 

We look forward to having you by!