About Broadway Bares SF

"Broadway Bares" is an annual benefit show produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA) in New York City. The first "Broadway Bares" was presented in 1992 by Tony Award winning choreographer/director Jerry Mitchell and the company of "The Will Rogers Follies" at Splash bar. Eight dancers "in rotation" on the bar raised more than $8,000. Since then, the event has continuously performed to sell-out crowds and raises over $2 million annually for BCEFA.

In 2016, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) partnered with BCEFA to present the first San Francisco version of this popular burlesque-style benefit show called “Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips” at Club Fugazi (former home of Beach Blanket Babylon) and received rave reviews. Deb Leamy, performer, director, choreographer, veteran of the Broadway stage, and Broadway Bares NY alum spearheaded this new endeavor as Founding Director with Executive Producers Ken Henderson and Joe Seiler of The Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF).

Each year Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips performs to full houses and has raised over $330,000 to support REAF’s and BCEFA’s mission to provide support for HIV/AIDS services, hunger programs, and programs that serve and support homeless youth. Approximately 60 dancers perform in a series of numbers centered around a central theme where one or more dancers are tastefully stripped in burlesque-style routines that are fun, sexy and professional. All dancers and production team members volunteer their time and talent to make these events possible. Broadway Bares SF Alum include the casts of Hamilton & Aladdin, Emmy award winners Bruce Vilanch & Jai Rodriguez, Steve Grand, Cassandra Cass, Leanne Borghesi & Nick Cearly. Additionally, sponsors of Broadway Bares SF's contribute greatly to the success of this event including the Bob Ross Foundation, MISTR and the AIDS Health Foundation. Menswear designer Andrew Christian also donates large quantities of intimate apparel that are showcased throughout the production.

Meet the team

Deb Leamy
Founding Director

Ken Henderson (REAF)
Founding Producer

Joe Seiler (REAF)
Founding Producer

Damien Beard
Co-Producer

Bares SF Production Alum

Directors: Deb Leamy, Emily Schreck & Leanne Borghesi
Co-Producer(s): Damien Beard
Assistant Directors: Tim McGarrigal, Maggie Connard & Dominic Duong
Executive Producers: Ken Henderson & Joe Seiler
Costumers: Daniel Harvey, Evana Schibinger, Rachel Zoey Mandelstam, Lauren Cohen, Collin Riley, Shan Naziripour
Stage Managers: Jose Solivan, Lori Fowler, Genevieve Pabon, Jillian Park
Technical Director: Devin Jay
Company Managers: Katira Arak, Maggie Connard & Cameron Postnikoff
Photographers: Garaje Gooch, Daye Casper, Max Tortoriello
Videographer: Chris Tipton-King
Sound Editor: Rob Broadhurst
Designers: Zarin Giurlani, Mark Briggs
Fundraising Coordinator: Franco Chevalier
Choreographers: Erwin Columbus, Ramsey Magaña, Ariel Sky, Tim McGarrigal, Stacey Printz, Maggie May, Chadd Behavior, Loretta Najera, Christine Navarette, JJ Ghera, Shuaib Elhassan, Ryan Patrick, Jen Brooks, Leslie Waggoner, Dian Meechai, Marissa Ganz, Nick Korkos, Amethyst Monce, Dexandro Montalvo, Rex Wheeler, Namita Kapoor, Marcelo Javier, Ann Barrett Eshabarr, Kenshi Westover, Lee Martino, Ryan Cowles, Katira Arak, Damien Beard and Deb Leamy.
Marketing & Communications Lead: Lacy Steffens
Volunteers Coordinators: Andrew Hirst & Katira Arak
Social Media Coordinator: Christo Roma
Production Associate: Stefan Meyer
Song Writers: Tony Asaro