Show Bios for 2015

Freedomland

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DIRECTION & SCRIPT:

(Director)

Michael Bello (Musical Director) has been playing and writing music since he was a wee little boy, putting all his heart and soul into it. Eventually Bello graduated with honors from the Jazz department at Sonoma Sate University in '06 with a bachelor's degree in funkology (or Jazz/composition/theory). Being a multi-instrumentalist has allowed Bello to dive deep into the different sounds and emotions music has to offer, along with giving him a color pallet to work with for composing and performing with a wide range of groups like: Albino! Heavy Afrobeat, Fog Dub (Live Reggae Dub), Miles Ahead (Bitches Brew Tribute), Stacks ('60's Blue Note Post Bop Jazz), Ecotones (funky, soul jazz with rock, folk, and jam), David Jeffery's Jazz Fourtet, Sean Hayes, Classical Revolution, Modern Dance with Lisa Townsend, Milly Wandering (folk, singer/song writer), Telepathy (odd meter, through composed, out but in Jazz).

Michael Gene Sullivan (Resident Playwright, Actor, SFMT Collective) has performed in, written, and/or directed over twenty SFMT productions. As an actor, Sullivan has also appeared in productions at the American Conservatory Theater, Denver Center Theater Company, Theatreworks, Magic Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and San Jose Repertory Theater. In addition to directing for SFMT Michael has also directed for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, African American Shakespeare Company, Mystic Bison Theater, and Circus Finelli. In 1992 he became a Contributing Writer for the Mime Troupe, and the Resident Playwright in 2000. His scripts for SFMT include GodFellas, Red State (2008 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), and Too Big To Fail (2009 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), and Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker. He is also author of an award-winning one person show, "Did Anyone Ever Tell You - You Look Like Huey P. Newton?", and "1984", his critically acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwells dystopic novel. "1984" opened at the Actors' Gang Theatre under the Direction of Tim Robbins in 2006, and has since been performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, has had several tours of the United States, and has been published in English and Catalan. His all-woman political farce "Recipe," winner of the Israel Baran Playwriting Award, will have its World Premiere at Berkeley's Central Works in October, 2014. Michael is also a blogger for the political website, The Huffington Post.

(Additional Writers)

Ira Marlowe (Composer, Lyrist) has been described by The San Francisco Chronicle as: "Berkeley's sweet little secret. ...(He) sold his soul to the devil to develop the sound he continues to perfect." He's won the international "Songs Inspired By Literature Contest", the "Best of the Bay" contest, and -- in his parallel life -- the coveted Parents' Choice Award for his acclaimed series of Brainy Tunes kids' CDs. In 2012 he opened The Monkey House, a private theater in Berkeley hosting intimate performances of all kinds, including his "one-man musical for brave kids and weird adults", Mortimus Greely's Haunting School. Ira is thrilled to be working with the Mime Troupe.

CAST:

Hugo E Carbajal (Actor, SFMT Collective) is a recipient of the 2013 Theatre Bay Area Titan Award and is proud to be the newest member to join the SFMT Collective. He began his involvement with the Mime Troupe as a mask designer for the production of 2012: The Musical! In 2013, he performed in SFMTs Oil & Water. Hes performed with Bay Area companies such as Cuttingball, Bay Area Childrens Theatre, Shotgun Players, Stagebridge, Alter Theater Ensemble, Shadowlight, and TeatroVision. He was also a performer with Kaiser Permanentes Educational Theatre, touring the bay area for eight years. A proud member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. Follow onTwitter.

Lisa Hori-Garcia (Actor, SFMT Collective) has been with the troupe since 2004, working on summer shows as an actor and assistant director. She has worked with a wide variety of theater companies such as Marin Theatre Company, Asian American Theater Company, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Womans Will, Impact Theater, and Word for Word. Lisa has been program director and a lead teacher with the Mime Troupes Youth Theater Project and summer workshop. Currently she is a teaching artist with Word for Word. Lisa is a former Ensemble Member & Production Manager with New WORLD Theater in Amherst, MA and received her BA from Smith College and MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.

George P. Scott (Actor)

Michael Gene Sullivan (Head Writer, Actor, SFMT Collective) joined the Troupe as an actor in 1988, and has since performed in, written, and/or directed over twenty SFMT productions. In 1992 he became a Contributing Writer, and Resident Playwright in 2000. His scripts include GodFellas, Red State (2008 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), and Too Big To Fail (2009 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle), and Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker. As an actor, Sullivan has also appeared in productions at the American Conservatory Theater, Denver Center Theater Company, Magic Theatre, Theaterworks, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and San Jose Repertory Theater, and has directed for the Mime Troupe, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, African American Shakespeare Company, Mystic Bison Theater, and Circus Finelli. He is also the author of "Did Anyone Ever Tell You - You Look Like Huey P. Newton?", his award winning one person show, and 1984, his critically acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwells dystopic novel. 1984 opened at the Actors Gang Theater under the Direction of Tim Robbins in 2006, and has since been performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and has had several tours of the United States. Michael is also a blogger for the political website, The Huffington Post.


MUSICIANS:

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PRODUCTION TEAM:

Maurice Beesley (Technical Director) was tricked into auditioning for the Senior Class play in 1961. Since then he has built scenery for A.C.T., S.F. Opera and Berkeley Rep., and others of fond memory. He has been a member of the stage crew of nearly every theatrical venue in San Francisco and has supervised tours around the West and to Hawaii. Maurice has been a proud member of Local #16, I.A.T.S.E. for over thirty years.

Dorothy Martinez (Costume Designer)

Devon Labelle (Props Designer)

Lawton Lovely (Sound Engineer, Poster Designer, SFMT Collective) is from Camden, Ohio. Hes a 2012 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH where he received a BA in Theatre and a minor in American Studies. He had spent his first summer in the Bay Area in 2010 working for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In 2012, he became an Emerging Artist in Residence with the company and later in 2013 he became a Collective Member. He has constructed puppets, designed posters, taught the youth, is an avid Juggler, as well as an in-house sound engineer. However, this hasnt prevented him from doing work elsewhere. Youve heard his mixes at Marin Theatre Companys Its a Wonderful Life; Radio Play, at the California Shakespeare Companys A Winters Tale, at Z Space with The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra in the world premier of Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir, and most recently with the musical group The Bengsons and their world premier show Hundred Days. He also is an aspiring sound designer in the Bay Area. Lawton looks forward to the challenges and adventures that the San Francisco Mime Troupe has to offer year after year. Hes very proud to wear his star and to be apart of such a wonderful artistic family and community.

Karen Runk (Production Stage Manager, Web Programmer) moved to SF with the intention of only staying for a few months. Nearly two decades later she's still here! This is largely due to the talented folks at the Troupe. Runk first experienced the Troupe by stage managing two 97 youth projects, Revenger Rat Meets the Merchant of Death and Inside Out. After which she ran screaming into the arms of the Magic Theatre and there she stayed, contently for two years. The Troupe then wooed her back for their 99 Summer Production City For Sale. Still under the Troupes wooing spell she's stage managed a plethora of their summer shows and has only managed to escape, successfully, one full summer back in 02 when she worked with SFShakes.

Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Scenic Designer, SFMT Collective) was born in Cambridge Massachusettes. Keiko holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MA in Multimedia from the University of Iowa. She arrived in San Francisco with the Horse Drawn, Caravan Stage Company of Canada. She has been an actor, designer and director for the Mime Troupe since 1987. Keiko has also designed costumes for many other Bay Area Theater companies including, The San Francisco Circus School, Berkeley Rep, S.F. Shakespeare in the Parks, The Asian American Theater Company and African American Shakespeare Company. She has directed City for Sale, and Gotta Getta Life for the Mime Troupe, and Cowboy versus Samurai for the Asian American Theater Company. In addtion to designing costumes for the Mime Troupe this summer she is also designing costumes for Crowded Fires production of 410 GONE.

Junelle-Johannah Taguas (Tour Manager, SFMT Collective) started at the Mime Troupe as a tech intern and summer workshopper in 2008. She remained involved with the Troupe filling various positions: Assistant Stage Manager, YTP Stage Manager, YCWP Stage Manager, and Production Assistant before becoming a Collective Member in 2013. Junelle is an Equity Membership Candidate Stage Manager. Companies she has stage managed for include: Central Works, Golden Thread Productions, Transient Theater, Symmetry Theatre, RasaNova Theater, OutLook Theater Project, Climate Theater, and the University of San Franciscos PASJ department. She has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Portland, OR. Junelle is currently in the middle of a 2-year American Sign Language/English Interpreter Preparation Program at Ohlone College.



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