Staff Members

Keith Keith Arcuragi (Booker Coordinator) comes from Camden, Ohio. He has worked with the Mime Troupe since 2014 in sound, dramaturgy, performance, community engagement, in the office, and on various other projects. He has Bachelor's Degrees in Theatre and Political Science, and a Master's Degree in Theatre Studies, all from Miami University (in Ohio). He has done a small bit of voice-over work, and enjoys recording answering machine messages, so feel free to ask him to record your voicemail message when you see him in the parks!

blank image 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.

blank image Marissa Ellison (Tour Manager) is excited to begin her professional theater career with the Mime Troupe! Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has been a theater-lover since her 3rd grade debut as an orphan in Annie. Her relationship with the Troupe began in the summer of 2017, when she spent her summer as a workshop student with the Troupe. Marissa is expected to graduate in May 2018 with her BA in Theatre - Performance from Marquette University, and she is excited to have the opportunity to work with such passionate theater professionals!

blank image Adan Gonzalez (IT) is a freelance IT Consultant and custom PC builder. A Oakland native he has been creating networks and helping provide technical support for 10+ years. Adan got involved with the Troupe when his younger brother, Taylor Gonzalez, joined the Youth Theater Project in high school. Taylor has continued to be deeply involved with the Troupe both as a YTP Teacher and Sound Designer fpr the summer show. Adan has provided his advice and support to help make the computers and the network work as seamless as possible to allow the Mime Troupe to create art, political commentary, and teach the next generation.

blank image Season Korchin, (Development Consultant) 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 Lawrence Hellman (Publicist) has been doing PR for Theatre, Dance, Performers and Special Events for over 25 years. Some of his clients and long time associates and friends include: Thrillpeddlers, Theatre Rhinoceros, Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation, SF Mime Troupe, artist Jason Mecier, Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, The Golden Girls Xmas Episodes, Drag Queens of Comedy, Tom & Jerry Christmas Tree, Keith Hennessy, SOULSKIN Dance, Brava, Leslie Jordan, Paula West, Harvey Milk Sculpture - City Hall, etc.. In special events, Lawrence has worked with Macy's Passport, Jewish Film Festival, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Frameline, and with his event company One Fine Day. With Marc Huestis, he co-produced celebrity events at the Castro Theatre: THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE with Carol Lynley live (1995), HEATwith Sylvia Miles live (1996), VIVA ANN-MARGRET! with Ann Margret live (2002). Filmography - Lawrence produced 2 award-winning documentaries: THAT MAN: PETER BERLIN (2005) Co-producer - a documentary about gay porn star & photographer Peter Berlin - directed by Jim Tushinski. In 2005/2006 the documentary played on the Int'l. film festival circuit, world premiere Berlin Int'l. Film Festival - 2/05.The DVD was released in 6/06 by Water Bearer Films. "Superb" - NY Times. SEX IS... (1993) Co-produced & co-directed with Marc Huestis (DVD - Water Bearer Films). BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986) Universal- Apprentice picture editor.

Morris Morris Older (Bookkeeper) has been involved with collectives, cooperative and non-profits for many years. A founder of Uprising Bakery in Berkeley, he helped produce organic Food For People, Not for Profit, serving in many capacities including as bookkeeper, and coordinate three national conferences of cooperative whole grain bakeries. As bookkeeper for Inkworks Press, he helped to supply posters, magazines, newsletter, mailings and much more for a wide variety of progressive groups in the Bay Area. He currently serves on the Boards of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Bay Area Barnes and Trails and is a project coordinator for Volunteers for Outdoor California, which maintains and builds trails in Bay Area parks and open spaces.

Karen Karen Runk (Production Stage Manager, Web Programmer) moved to SF with the intention of only staying for a few months. Two decades later she's still here! This is largely due to the talented folks at the Troupe, and thanks to Golden Thread Productions where she is a Resident Artist as of 2018, but mostly due to rent control! 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. However, she is plotting a daring escape for 2018...

Sara Sara Staley (Community Engagement) has been an active member of the San Francisco independent theater community for over a decade, and her work has consistently explored the intersection of art and activism. She was the Director of the YouthAware program with New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) for almost fifteen years, where she produced, directed and toured social issue plays for young audiences throughout Northern California. Sara has extensive experience as a post-show conversation facilitator. She has also directed new work for NCTC, Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, Bay One Acts Festival, San Francisco Theater Pub, San Francisco Olympians Festival, and Wily West Productions. Sara has been a Creative Company Member with PianoFight since 2012. She is working with the SFMT to increase its sustainability by fostering long term, mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse group of community based organizations, social justice advocates, activists, artists, musicians, and citizens.

Board Members and Officers

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Alexis Adorador
Velina Brown
Board Chairperson
& Corporate President
Jessica Heidt
Jessica Heidt
Lisa Hori-Garcia
Tessa Koning-Martinez
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Woof Kurtzman
Susan Segal
Susan Segal
Keiko Shimosato Carreiro

Emeritus Board

The Mime Troupe would like to thank the following people for their years of service on the SFMT Board.

Michael Carreiro

Earl Crabb

Jack Davis


Matisse Enzer

Merle Goldstone

Kate Harrison

Joan Holden

Ed Holmes

Trina Johnson

Odette Lockwood-Stewart

Lawton Lovely

Jay Moss

Becky O'Malley

Mike O'Malley

Eduardo Robledo

Joel Schecter

Peter Snider

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