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 and performed with such Bay Area companies as California Shakespeare Theatre, Theatreworks, Magic Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, CounterPULSE, 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.
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'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.
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 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.
Lawton Lovely, Sound Engineer/Teaching Assistant, is from Camden, Ohio. He's 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 hasn't prevented him from doing work elsewhere. You've heard his mixes at Marin Theatre Company's It's a Wonderful Life; Radio Play, at the California Shakespeare Company's 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. He's very proud to wear his star and to be apart of such a wonderful artistic family and community.
Pat Moran, Music Director/Writer/Composer/Lyricist/Musician/Teacher, began his involvement with the Mime Troupe during 2005's Doing Good and sometimes feels like he hasn't left the building since. He has been an artist in residence at The University of San Francisco, The University of Miami (Ohio), and CSU Fresno. In addition to his work with theater, Pat is an active performing musician, and ASCAP member composer for film and television. He has been a lead teacher with the Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project and Summer Workshop and is also a private guitar instructor. Pat received a BFA in Philosophy with a Concentration in Ethics and Public Policy from Clark University, and an MFA Performer Composer degree from California Institute for the Arts.
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 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, Actor/Director/Resident Playwright, 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.
Junelle-Johannah Taguas, Tour Manager/Stage Manager, 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 Francisco's 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.
Victor Toman, Actor/Choreographer/Director/Teacher, was born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon. After completing his B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Oregon, Victor moved to San Francisco. He joined the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1997 and has appeared as a principal actor in 2012 - The Musical!, Making A Killing, GodFellas, Showdown at Crawford Gulch, Mister Smith Goes to Obscuristan, 1600 Transylvania Ave, Eating It, City For Sale, Damaged Care, The Independent Female, and Revenger Rat. In addition he has choreographed many of the Troupe's musical numbers for the past 10 years. In 2005 he had the honor of directing Doing Good. He has also performed locally with Sideshow Physical Theater, El Teatro de la Esperanza, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Joe Good Performance Group, The Dance Brigade, Intersection for the Arts, The Ellen Bromberg Ensemble and Elbows Akimbo to name a few. Outside the area he has performed with The Caravan Stage Company in Toronto, and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. In 2008 Victor graduated from UC Davis with an MFA in Dramatic Arts.
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