Victoria Ríos - Artistic Director
Victoria is a performing singer/songwriter, guitarist, music teacher, acting teacher, director, and child advocate. She did her undergraduate work at Berklee College of music with a major in songwriting, has extensive training in all aspects of theatre production, and is currently continuing her studies in pursuit of a license in music therapy. She studied contemporary and classical theatre, musical theatre, playwriting and technical theatre at the Idyllwild school of Music and the Arts, San Francisco School of the Arts, American Conservatory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, The Marin Theatre Company, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. Some of her favorite theatre teachers through the years include Leslie McCaully, Sharla Cabot, Valerie de Jose, Jeff Raz, Jack Sharrar, and Scott Rubsam. She has studied singing and voice for the stage for over 20 years and is grateful for the opportunity to have studied with Donna McElroy (Berklee), Charlie Sorrento (Berklee) Carol Serbo (Arizona State University) and Sharla Cabot (American Conservatory Theatre). She studied Flamenco guitar with her father Agustín Ríos Amaya, and Guitar Techniques for Songwriter with Mark Simos (Berklee).
Heir apparent to an impressive familial dynasty of Romani flamenco musicians and dancers, born and raised on the left coast of California, and finding her home on the east coast (winters and all!), her life has been a fusion of music, art and culture. She is the daughter of acclaimed flamenco Guitarist Agustin Ríos, the cousin of the grammy nominated and BBC World Music Award winning group Son de la Frontera, the cousin of current leaders in flamenco dance Pepe Torres, Jairo Barrull, and Juana Amaya; and the great-niece of flamenco guitar legend Diego del Gastor. She grew up immersed in San Francisco's legacy of Beat Poetry, coffee house open-mics, spoken word, vibrant murals and public art, independent theatre, and conscious community of artists committed to social justice and community service. In addition she studied painting and drawing with her grandmother Patricia Sabrina Terheun who was the Dean of Women at the San Francisco Art institute and the founder of an interdisciplinary arts program at Galileo High School.
Treading all of these worlds, her own approach to teaching and creating art emerged. She believes that everyone has beautiful music inside of them and has yet to encounter a student who can prove this theory wrong. She has been know to coax even the shyest of children into developing a love for acting, improvising and performing. She absolutely loves to teach. It is her very favorite thing to do ever! Helping students discover and hone their unique gifts and talents is her passion, honor and joyful privilege. She aims to empower every single student at Community Creations by helping them find and use their powerful creative voice within. She named her business Community Creations because she dreamed of a place where all members of our community felt welcomed to create art and music, and where the business of doing this joyfully Creates Community. The door is always open - come on in and say hello!