Ellen Callas, (General Manager, Collective Member) 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.
Season Korchin, (Development Director) a long-time Bay Area resident, Season developed her love of political and improvisational theater during the summers, going to Mime Troupe performances and spending eighteen years at Camp Winnarainbow. As a development professional with degrees from Harvard and Yale, Season has helped raise millions of dollars for a wide variety of local social services and educational organizations and is excited about helping more individuals and institutions invest in the Mime Troupe's entertaining, provocative and important work!
Lawrence Hellman (Publicist)
Michele Rudenko (Bookkeeper, IT)
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) is excited to be a part of this summer's production team. She started at the Mime Troupe as a tech intern and workshopper in 2008. Over the past five years Junelle has remained involved with the Troupe filling various positions: assistant stage manager, YTP stage manager, YCWP stage manager, and production assistant. 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. Junelle has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Portland, OR. She is planning on applying to a dual Master's Degree program in ASL-English Interpreting and International Development in the near future.
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