IN CONVERSATION is a series of free community events, serving as a platform to pass the mic and invite artists from around the Bay to be in conversation with the work we are presenting on stage. Come by and join the conversation!

Conversations are free and open to the public—you do not have to have a ticket to the performance that day to attend.


IN CONVERSATION events for Steel Magnolias:

All In Conversation events take place following the 2pm performance on that day.

Please note that for Steel Magnolias, both In Conversation events follow mask-required performances. For details, read about our current safety protocols.

In Conversation: The Kidney Project

June 17, 2023
Following the 2pm performance

Among the joys and sorrows shared by the women in Steel Magnolias is one character’s experience with kidney failure and dialysis. University of California San Francisco's Dr. Shuvo Roy is working to create an implantable, bioartificial kidney with The Kidney Project. The size of a smartphone, this device replicates the functions of a healthy kidney.


Dr. Shuvo Roy, PhD, is a bioengineer whose research is dedicated to the development of biomedical devices to address unmet clinical needs.

His research is under way at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and director of the UCSF Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory. He held the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II in the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Roy is a founding member of the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium, which has a mission to accelerate the development of innovative devices for children’s health, and a faculty affiliate of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). Additionally, he is the Faculty Director of the Joint UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) graduate program. He speaks nationally and internationally to academic and industry audiences about his research, and has given over 60 presentations. He is the author of more than 120 publications and co-author of three book chapters.

Before joining the BTS department in 2008, Roy co-directed the BioMEMS Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1992 he earned a BS degree, magna cum laude, with general honors for triple majors in physics, mathematics (special honors), and computer science from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. In 1995, he earned an MS in electrical engineering and applied physics and, in 2001, he earned a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, both from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1999, he received a Forty Under 40 award from Crain’s Cleveland Business. That same year, he was honored with the Clinical Translation Award at the 2nd Annual BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology World 2001 meeting.

In 2003, Roy received a TR100 award as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators. TR100 honorees are selected by Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine of innovation. In 2004, he received a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work on harsh environment MEMS. In 2005, Roy was named as a Who’s Who in Biotechnology by Crain’s Cleveland Business. In 2005 and 2007, he was recognized as a Cleveland Clinic Innovator.

In 2009, he was nominated for the Biotechnology Industry Organization Biotech Humanitarian Award, which is given in recognition of an individual who has used biotechnology to unlock its potential to improve the earth. In 2012, he was nominated for the UCSF Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award.

In 2012, he was presented the Rising Star Award by BayBio Pantheon, and in that same year, he received the Innovation Pathway 2.0 Award from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most recently, he was recognized as a Fellow by the Applied Innovation Institute in 2013.

In Conversation: The Links Incorporated

June 24, 2023
Following the 2pm performance

Sisterhood and friendship are at the core of Steel Magnolias. For over 60 years, the Peninsula Bay Chapter of Links Incorporated has come together as a united force to address local community challenges strengthened by their chain of friendship, sisterhood, and leadership to make an impact. Come learn about Links’ service in the communities of San Mateo and Santa Clara and how they continue to expand their legacy through programming, partnerships and services for youth, adults, and seniors with Chapter President Tamara Sisk.


Tamara Sisk, President, Peninsula Bay Chapter

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 17,000 professional women of African descent in 299 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Our core values are friendship, integrity, honesty, service, commitment, family relationships, courage, respect for self and others, legacy, confidentiality, responsibility, and accountability. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. In 2019, The Links, Incorporated was nominated for a Luxembourg Peace Prize by the Schengen Peace Foundation and recognized by the late Congressman John Lewis as a distinguished organization of outstanding community service and influence.

The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.