Krista DeNio

Krista DeNio

Associate Director of Arts and Education, Larkin Street Academy

Krista DeNio has been an artist, educator and arts administrator over the past 20+ years in the Bay Area and around the country. With Larkin Street Youth Services, she has provided leadership for Larkin Street Academy's Art Program since 2017, developing and expanding structured programming and partnerships to uplift and highlight the incredible talents of our young people. She also formerly managed the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) program, supporting youth leadership (2017-19) and has been an advocate and activist for most of her adult life. In her current role as Associate Director of Arts and Education she supports direction for the Arts, Learning Centers, and Academic Supports programs. Previous to her work with Larkin Street she provided leadership in various arts and education-based non-profits in the Bay Area, New York City, and Western Massachusetts. Krista is an interdisciplinary choreographer/director and writer and facilitates creative projects based in the principles and practices of ensemble-based theater. With her collaborators, she builds site-specific, audience-interactive experiences, together with performers, audience participants and community partners. As an educator she has been a lecturer with U.C. Berkeley’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies department; a visiting artist and collaborator at Stanford University, and adjunct professor at Marlboro College, Springfield College and others. Krista has taught dance, theater and performance making throughout the Bay Area, country and internationally.

Reentry Conference Event Page

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
HALL C | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

JUST FREE: System Impacted Youth Surviving San Francisco

Krista DeNio
Associate Director of Arts and Education, Larkin Street Academy, Larkin Street Youth Services


Mayela Hidalgo
Youth artist and central storyteller
Cici Gaven
Youth artist and participant filmmaker
Gabriel Singer C.H.W.C.
Program Manager of HSRC/Outreach Larkin Street Youth Services
Jane Fa'alatina
Case Manager, Young Adult Court; film participant
Spencer Wilkinson
Recovery Advocate and Founder Pacific Alliance for Prevention and Recovery


Larkin Street Youth Service's Art Program in collaboration with Felton Institute and the Young Adult Court worked with Filmmaker Spencer Wilkinson and systems impacted young adults to co-create a documentary short. The film features young adults and adults, who share their personal journeys of navigating the criminal Justice System. The film addresses the many barriers young people are facing in San Francisco, as one of the most vulnerable populations in the city and includes events surrounding the murder of a young trans youth Banko Brown, which occurred during the project filming. The film screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion, moderated by Krista DeNio, Associate Director of Arts and Education, Larkin Street Youth Services and film producer.