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Originally opened in 1989, Bindlestiff Studio became the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing the arts of the Philippine diaspora. Bindlestiff provides the often underserved Pilipino-American community access to diverse offerings in theatrical productions, music and film festivals, workshops in directing, production, acting, stand-up comedy, and writing, as well as a children and youth theater program. OUR MISSION Bindlestiff Studio cultivates artists who reflect and celebrate the diverse values, traditions, and histories of Pilipino/a/x cultures through bold artistic expression and community engagement. As the longest running black box theater in the district, we rose from the rubble of the Loma Prieta earthquake and have since endured displacement from our original space, economic booms and busts, shifting neighborhood demographics, a global pandemic, and now an apparent “doom loop”. Through it all we’ve relied on a steadfastly loyal community of supporters, neighborhood advocates, donors, volunteers, and immensely talented artists. In 2003, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) acquired our building for a low-cost housing project, displacing us and the other tenants in the process. In reaction to public outcry from our community, SFRA committed to building the shell of a new 99-seat, black box theater for Bindlestiff. We were able to make our home in the new space in 2011, at which point we immediately began to expand our programs for a hungry audience. Given our history, we know that having a space in San Francisco is more than a luxury - it is a responsibility.
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