Show Bios for 2015

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DIRECTION & SCRIPT:

Hugo E Carbajal (Co-Director, 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 SFMT's Oil & Water. He's performed with Bay Area companies such as Cuttingball, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Shotgun Players, Stagebridge, Alter Theater Ensemble, Shadowlight, and TeatroVision. He was also a performer with Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre, touring the bay area for eight years. A proud member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. Follow onTwitter.

Ed Holmes (Co-Director, SFMT Collective) has been performing and teaching in the bay area for the past 4 decades. Ed has performed with the Berkeley Mime Troupe (yes, that kind of mime), Fratelli Bologna, Antenna Theater, SF Opera, Oakland Symphony and Young Audiences. He has taught mime and physical theater at ACT, CSUH, Mills College, and given numerous workshops to students of all ages as well as to animators at Sony, DreamWorks and PDI. Ed has performed his one man show SUBHUMAN-True Tales from Beneath the Sea at bars and VFW halls throughout California and in Ohio and Maine. As Bishop Joey, head of the First Church of the Last Laugh, he has instigated the annual St. Stupid's Day Parade since 1979. Ed is collaborative writer and the director of the environmental commedia show TIP of the ICEBERG by Theater RAB in Frieburg Germany. His movie credits include The Right Stuff, Howard the Duck, Golden Gate, Monkeybone, Valley of the Hearts Delight and the documentaries, Vigilante/Vigilante and The Doggie Diner Headtrip. Ed has been a performing/directing member of the Troupe since 1986. Ed also takes a lot of photos and occasionally shows them somewhere.

(Musical Director)

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 Critic's Circle), and Too Big To Fail (2009 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's 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 Orwell's dystopic novel. 1984 opened at the Actor's 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.

Eugenie Chan (Writer)

Tanya Shaffer (Writer) last wrote for the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1992. Since then, her plays have been produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, TheatreWorks, and the Eureka Theatre, and have toured to more than 40 cities nationwide. Her musical The Fourth Messenger, (with composer Vienna Teng), enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at the Ashby Stage in 2013. Previous plays include Baby Taj (available from Samuel French, Inc.), Let My Enemy Live Long!, Brigadista, and Miss America's Daughters. She has been awarded Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and nominated for a National Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award. She's also the author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir Somebody's Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa. Her stories and essays have appeared on Salon.com and in numerous anthologies. She recently completed a four-year playwriting residency at Playwrights Foundation.

(Composer)

(Lyrist)

CAST:

Velina Brown (Actor, Performance Booker, SFMT Collective) has been a principal actor for the Mime Troupe in such shows as Social Work, Escape to Cyberia, Coast City Confidential, Soul Suckers from Outer Space, Killing Time, Damaged Care, City for Sale, Eating It, 1600 Transylvania Avenue, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan, and Showdown at Crawford Gulch. She was Veronique in Veronique of the Mounties, she's played Condoleeza Rice three times, and was both an actor and Contributing Lyricist on GodFellas and Making a Killing. Velina's most recent shows with the Troupe include For The Greater Good: Or the Last Election, Red State, Too Big to Fail, and Posibilidad, Or Death of the Worker for which she won Best Principal Actress by the Bay Area Critics Circle. You may have seen Velina earlier this year in Theatre Rhino's lovely A Lady and A Woman. Other credits include A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Word for Word, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Thick Description, SF Playhouse, Theatreworks as well as film (Bee Season with Richard Gere, A Many Splintered Thing with Chris Evans and Milk with Sean Penn) and television (Party of Five, Nash Bridges,Trauma, Final Witness). Velina also is the founder and owner of the "Business of Show Biz," which offers career planning consultations and workshops for theater artists. She also writes a popular column of the same name for Theater Bay Area Magazine. In 2012 she was honored as one of the magazine's "35 Faces," artists who've made significant contributions to the Bay Area theater community. For more info and to hear some of Velina's music please visit her website.

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, Woman's Will, Impact Theater, and Word for Word. Lisa has been program director and a lead teacher with the Mime Troupe's 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.

Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Actor, 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.

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 Critic's Circle), and Too Big To Fail (2009 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's 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 Orwell's dystopic novel. 1984 opened at the Actor's 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.

Sarah Edkins (Scenic Designer & Painter)

Heidi Leigh Hanson (Costume Designer)

Lawton Lovely (Sound Engineer, Poster Designer, SFMT Collective) recently graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a BA in Theatre and a minor in American Studies. While at Miami University he had the opportunity to be involved in multiple productions in a variety of areas. He debuted is first play titled The Dream Machine and he Performed, Directed, Designed Set & Sound, and served as Technical Director & builder for many shows at Miami University. He was also a recent recipient of Honorable Mention in the 2012 Region III Sound Design competition at the KCACT festival. Lawton first came to the Troupe the great summer 2011 as a sound intern and workshop participant. He returned again in 2012 as Sound Assistant/Sound Engineer. Upon completing the previous two summers he concluded that it wasn't enough, so when the Troupe offered him the job of Sound Engineer for 2013, he said YES! Additionally Lawton applied to, and was excepted, in to the Troupe's Emerging Artist in Residence Program for 2012 and currently Lawton is one of the newset members to join the SFMT Collective.

Karen Runk (Production Stage Manager, Web Programmer) moved to SF with the intention of only staying for a few months. One and a half 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 Troupe's 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.

Junelle-Johannah Taguas (Tour Manager, SFMT Collective) is excited to be a Collective member. She started at the Mime Troupe as a tech intern and summer workshopper in 2008. Since then, Junelle has remained involved with the company filling various positions: assistant stage manager, YTP stage manager, YCWP stage manager, and production assistant. In 2013, she became an official staff member as the Tour Manager. Junelle is an Equity Membership Candidate for stage management. Companies she has stage managed for include: Central Works, Golden Thread Productions, Symmetry Theatre, RasaNova Theater, OutLook Theater Project, and the University of San Francisco's PASJ department. Junelle graduated from the University of Portland, OR with a B.A. in Drama. She recently decided to go back to school and is now in an Interpreting Preparation Program for ASL-English interpreting.

Daniel Yelen (Props Designer), is returning for a fifth Mime Troupe show. Daniel simultaneously serves as props master for an eleventh season with Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera. He has performed and designed for Lamplighters Music Theater since 1987, recently appearing in their 2012 production of The Gondoliers and their 60th Anniversary Gala. He designed Merrily We Roll Along for Altarena Playhouse, Judgment at Nuremberg for San Francisco Free Civic Theater, The Diary of Anne Frank for Custom Made Theater, and Henry V for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Perennial affiliations include San Francisco Opera Guild's Opera à la Carte educational program, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes program offered by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His costume handiwork has graced the boards of Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Curtain Theater, Masquers Playhouse, Multi Ethnic Theater, Pocket Opera, SF Free Civic Theater, and Mountain Play productions of The Music Man and The Sound of Music.



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