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Winter Appeal

Everything we do we do without the support of corporations whose values we do not share. Public and private grants are more competitive than ever, and with the bulk of private donations going to all-important political action or disaster relief groups, we are especially in need of your financial support. Your year-end, tax deductible donation will give us the fiscal confidence needed to realize the plans we are cooking up to celebrate and commemorate our 60th birthday (details to be announced soon). But even more importantly, your gift will boost our expanding urban and rural youth programs and maintain another free summer parks season and its annual comedic reminder that although 1% may have the money, 99% have the power! Read more and donate!

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Summer Workshop

Application deadlines for Summer Workshop & Internships:
Early acceptance appications - received/postmarked by Feb. 22, 2019
Regular acceptance appications - received/postmarked by April 15, 2019

Be a Town Crier for
the San Francisco Mime Troupe!

The Mime Troupe needs YOU to spread the word about our upcoming shows. We are looking for supporters to publicize our upcoming shows in their neighborhoods-by putting up flyers, posting on community message boards, and telling their neighbors and co-workers that the Mime Troupe is coming to town. If you'd like to help us grow our audience please send an email to with "Mime Troupe Town Crier" in the subject line.

Be an Ambassador for
the San Francisco Mime Troupe!

The Mime Troupe needs YOU to spread the word about us. As we embrace our 60th year, we are looking for supporters to introduce us to their communities. Perhaps you'd like to host a dinner party and invite a Trouper to talk about what we do. Or invite us to give a presentation at your school, organization, or community center. We're excited to hear your suggestions for how you can help us tell the widest possible audience that we don't do silent mime! If you'd like to help us grow our audience please send an email to with "Mime Troupe Ambassador" in the subject line.


June 29, 1937-Janurary 21, 2018

Community builder and musician, born in Wisconsin, raised in the Mission and Potrero Hill, friend and helper to all grassroots arts.

Jack graduated from Mission HS and SFSU, drove school bus and taxi. He entered the community arts scene playing trumpet and every other kind of horn for the SFMT. He toured with THE INDEPENDENT FEMALE, THE DRAGON LADY'S REVENGE, and THE MOTHER: 1970-1973.

In 1974, with artist Bonnie Sherk, he co-founded... read on.


Steve Friedman, a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe from 1968-1974, passed away on September 20 following a long illness.

Steve, an actor as well as a playwright, excelled at playing villains, such as the capitalist Walter Pennybank in INDEPENDENT FEMALE, or Richard Nixon in any one of several comic works. He authored the actos TELEPHONE, ECO-MAN, LOS SIETE, and AMERICAN DREAMER; adaptations of Brecht; and co-authored SEIZE THE TIME, SAN FRAN SCANDALS, and GREAT AIR ROBBERY. Steve's work is remarkable for his wild comic invention, dazzling language, and use of the surreal to deliver an original and instructive take on the subjects at hand.

Steve's Mime Troupe years included brief leaves of absence to participate in other projects, often populated by other Troupers past, present, and future. These included writing and appearing in street performances by the Bebe Rebozo Strolling Players; actos with the Iranian Student Association; writing the musical play FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP (directed by Sandra Archer); and creating WATERGATE FOLLIES which aired on KSAN radio.

With his wife and collaborator, Trouper Denny Partridge, Steve co-founded in 1977 New York's Modern Times Theater (an Equity company that produced original works on timely political subjects) and in 2007, Vermont's Mud Time Theater. Steve taught playwrighting and performance at colleges and prisons. His work has been produced internationally.

Steve died at home, in the little house he and Denny shared on their daughter Rose's farm in Vermont.


The Plays of the San Francisco Mime Troupe

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View a KTVU interview with Michael Gene Sullivan about the anthology.

Anthology The never silent, hilariously thought-provoking,Tony and OBIE award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, in celebration of our 60 years of revolutionary theatre has put together an anthology of our scripts from 2000 - 2016. From the War on Terror to the War on Drugs, from genetically modified foods to financially modified democracy, from corporate personhood to Occupy to Trump - the Troupe has dealt with the issues of the day with our particular brand of outrageous, hard-hitting political musical comedies, tragedies, farces, and melodramas. Speaking truth to power, giving voice to the voiceless, comforting the afflicted, afflicting the comfortable, this collection of scripts is being provided - including introductions to the plays, photos, fan quotes, and artists biographies - at price every fan, supporter, student, historian, and comrade of the Troupe can afford... FREE!

If you would like to make a donation to show your appriciation
for free access to the anthology please donate here!


California taxpayers can support arts education programs this tax season through the Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Contribution Fund. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more through the Voluntary Contribution portion of 2017 state tax returns. Learn more by visiting the CAC website.

Troupe News

What Are Troupers Up To Now

Have you ever wondered where else past and present Mime Troupe Company Members work and perform? Wonder no more! We will keep you posted on Trouper's current shows and other shows we feel are worth seeing!

News Letter

The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime. We mean 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. We are satirists, seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life, and at the same time see their causes. We travel the country and the world with our message of solidarity, comedy, and the plight of the worker in our increasingly corporatized democracy, and have done shows about most of the burning issues of our time - normally debunking the official story. And because we want our shows about the issues of the day to be seen by the people who are most effected by those issues- working class families who can't always afford to the ticket prices at the other Tony award winning theaters - we perform most of our shows free in public parks, for tens of thousands of our fellow citizens every summer.

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