Alyssa has dedicated her life to making the arts accessible, equitable, and inclusive for all. Alyssa joined The Crucible as the Director of Programs in October 2018. In her role (and with an awesome team!), Alyssa guides and supports all programming for The Crucible including adult classes and workshops, youth classes and workshops, private events, internal and external community engagement, rentals, the CREATE artist program, partnerships, and professional development. Prior to joining The Crucible, Alyssa was the Community Programs and Department Manager with San Francisco Opera, where she began in 2008, and continues as a Teaching Artist for the Diversity, Equity, and Community Department. Alyssa has worked with Stern Grove Festival as the Education and Outreach Manager; Seattle Opera as Curriculum Specialist and founding Teaching Artist; Seattle Symphony as Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist piloting the Link Up Program; Presidio Graduate School as Events and Special Programs Manager; San Francisco Arts Commission as Arts Education Program Assistant; San Francisco Arts Education Project as an Artist in Residence; and as the Operations Manager and Executive Producer for the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Alyssa served as the Vice President of the Board of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco for many years, as well. Alyssa also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Music in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Performing since she was 8 years old, Alyssa maintains an active cabaret and theatre career. Alyssa has extensive experience curating and producing live performances and community-centered events including over 10 years with San Francisco Opera producing countless performance events, 5 years with Stern Grove Festival producing main stage and traveling concerts, 6 years with LGCSF and SFLGFB producing the Annual Pride Concerts and Dance-Along Nutcracker, and myriad community events.