Rotimi Agbabiaka, Actor/Teacher, was a principal actor for the Mime Troupe in the plays, Oil & Water and Posibilidad, or Death of The Worker. He has also taught and directed in the Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project, with the San Francisco Shakespeare Company's educational programs, and with Each One Reach One - an organization that teaches theatre to youths in juvenile detention. He had performed with such Bay Area companies as Marin Theater Company, Just Theater, Alter Theater Ensemble, California Shakespeare Theatre, Theatreworks, Magic Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Beach Blanket Babylon. An award-winning solo performer, Rotimi received the Best Solo Performance award at the SF Fringe Festival for his play, Homeless. He has a MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and has studied at the Rhodopi Theatre Lab in Bulgaria and at the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Velina Brown, Actor/Singer/Songwriter, 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.
Ellen Callas, Teacher/Writer/Director, in 1976 co-founded Hit and Run Theater, a political sketch comedy troupe that toured rural northern California for many years. Since joining the Mime Troupe in 1986, she has worked as a writer, actor, director, teacher, production, company & stage manager and project director/teacher for the company's ongoing Youth Theater Project. Ellen also continues her long career as an improvisational theater performer.
Lizzie Calogero, Actor/Teaching Assistant, was born in Tehran, and grew up in the UK. She has been acting and leading performance workshops in the Bay Area since 1997, and has been a company member of Woman's Will, and Symmetry Theatre Company. Her relationship with the Troupe began in 2008, when she appeared in the Red State, going on to perform in Too Big to Fail, and 2012: The Musical! She has performed at theatres around the Bay Area; with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre, CenterREP, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreFIRST, among others.
Hugo E Carbajal Director/Actor 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 has 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.
Michael Carreiro, Actor/Technical Director, (currently on leave of absence), first came to the Mime Troupe in 1998 as a participant in summer workshops for actors. He continued his studies in Commedia and improvisation in Los Angeles, returning to the Mime Troupe in 1999. He has performed with the Troupe in City for Sale, Eating It, 1600 Transylvania Avenue, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan, Veronique of the Mounties, Crawford Gulch, and Doing Good.. Additionally Michael has served as Collective Representative to the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006.
Lisa Hori-Garcia, Actor/Director/Program Director of YTP/Educator, 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 professor in the Drama Department at Los Medanos College. 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.
Lawton Lovely, Sound Engineer/Teaching Assistant/Poster Designer, is a 2012 graduate of Miami University in Oxford OH where he received a BA in Theatre and a minor in American Studies. He 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; in 2013, a Collective Member; and in 2015, a member of the SFMT Board. He has constructed puppets, designed posters and taught in the SFMT Youth Program. He is an avid juggler as well as the in-house sound engineer for the Troupe. All this troupe activity hasn't prevented him from doing work elsewhere; Marin Theatre Company's It's a Wonderful Life; Radio Play; the California Shakespeare Company's A Winter's Tale; Z Space with Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra in the world premiere of Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir; The Bengson's, who won the TBA for Best New Musical, Hundred Days; Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, and Goddess Soma in the first staged production of Home Street Home. He has recently stepped into the pool of Sound Design with Carl Djerassi's, Ego and Insufficiency, Joan Holden's Free Speech Movement, Foolsfury Faulted, The Douglas Morrisson Theatre's Hank Williams: Lost Highway. His projection and video designs have been seen in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's The Totalitarians at Z Space. He really enjoys using sound and visual arts to construct stories that educate and stimulate the audience. Many of the things he has had the opportunity to create with the Troupe have been larger than life, which add fantasy to the stories and stimulate the imagination. Lawton looks forward to the challenges, adventures, and message that the San Francisco Mime Troupe has to offer year after year.
Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Actor/Director/Designer, 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 designed costumes for many other Bay Area Theater companies including, Berkeley Rep, S.F. Shakespeare in the Parks, The Asian American Theater Company, African American Shakespeare Company, Crowded Fire and Custom Made Theater as well as the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She has directed City for Sale and Gotta Getta Life for the Mime Troupe, and Cowboy versus Samurai for the Asian American Theater Company. Though sad not to be acting on the Mime Troupe stage this summer, she is very happy to be taking on the challenge of designing the set.
Michael Gene Sullivan, Actor/Director/Resident Playwright, has performed in, written, and/or directed over thirty 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 SFMT shows, such as Killing Time, 1600 Transylvania Avenue, Red State, and For The Greater Good, 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 1600 Transylvania Avenue, 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), Posibilidad, For The Greater Good. Non-SFMT scripts include his all-woman political farce Recipe, (Central Works, winner of the Israel Baran Playwriting Award,) his adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, (Open Door Theatre, Sheffield, England,) the historical drama fugitive/slave/act, and his award-winning one person show, Did Anyone Ever Tell You - You Look Like Huey P. Newton? His critically acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell's 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. Michael is also a blogger for the political website, The Huffington Post.
Junelle-Johannah Taguas, Tour Manager/Stage Manager, became a Collective Member in 2013. She started at the Mime Troupe as a tech intern and summer workshopper in 2008 and remained involved with the Troupe filling various positions: Assistant Stage Manager, Production Assistant, YTP Stage Manager, and YCWP Stage Manager. 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. Aside from theatre, Junelle is a NIC Pre-Certified ASL-English Interpreter. She is graduating from 2-year Interpreter Preparation Program at Ohlone College this spring.