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ABOUT THE YOUTH THEATER PROJECT

 

The San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project (YTP) empowers Bay Area teens through the magic of theater. This after-school program, running annually between February and April, provides a unique platform for self-expression and social awareness. Over 10-12 weeks, participating teens collaborate to create their own original play.

The program fosters a supportive and creative environment where teens explore themes relevant to their lives. Guided by experienced mentors, they delve into playwriting, acting, and stage production. This holistic approach equips them with valuable skills like public speaking, teamwork, and critical thinking. It also builds their confidence and allows them to find their voices on important social issues.

The YTP culminates in a public performance of the student-created play. This experience not only showcases their newfound talents but also provides a platform for them to share their perspectives with the community. The YTP goes beyond entertainment; it's a powerful tool for youth development and social change.

THE YOUTH THEATER PROJECT HISTORY

 

The San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project (YTP) team is dedicated to empowering young people through theater. Led by a diverse group of theater practitioners and social justice artists, they mentor young apprentices, guiding them in expressing their thoughts and experiences creatively. These mentors, who come from various backgrounds within the Bay Area, share a passion for using theater as a tool for artistic expression, social awareness, and personal growth.

The YTP team fosters a supportive and inclusive environment where youth can explore important issues, develop their artistic skills, and build self-confidence. Through workshops and activities, the team equips young people with the tools for playwriting, acting, improvisation, and collaboration. Their dedication to providing a free and accessible program allows youth from diverse communities to participate and find their voices through theater.

THE YOUTH THEATER PROJECT TEAM

 

The San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project (YTP) team is dedicated to empowering young people through theater. Led by a diverse group of theater practitioners and social justice artists, they mentor young apprentices, guiding them in expressing their thoughts and experiences creatively. These mentors, who come from various backgrounds within the Bay Area, share a passion for using theater as a tool for artistic expression, social awareness, and personal growth.

The YTP team fosters a supportive and inclusive environment where youth can explore important issues, develop their artistic skills, and build self-confidence. Through workshops and activities, the team equips young people with the tools for playwriting, acting, improvisation, and collaboration. Their dedication to providing a free and accessible program allows youth from diverse communities to participate and find their voices through theater.

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LISA HORI-GARCIA

 

YTP Program Director, Teaching Artist, Actress, Director, Collective Member

Since joining the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 2004, Lisa has had the pleasure of being part of the YTP team and watched it grow and evolve over the years.  One of the things about YTP that Lisa is most proud of is how we create a supportive environment where professional theater activist/artists connect, train and mentor young people and help them to find their voice. In this time of Covid, Lisa has been living in Denver and enjoying going on ur-ban hikes with her pup Alma and (safely) exploring a new city. Lisa received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.    Here’s to another 25 years of YTP helping youth speak truth to power!

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ELLEN CALLAS

 

General Manager, Teaching, Writer, Director, Collective Member

A native Chicagoan who cut her teeth on Second City, Ellen co-founded, in 1976, 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 on (Ripped Van Winkle, Secrets in the Sand, Rats, Back to Normal, Escape from Cyberia, Revenger Rat, Soul Suckers, Eating It, 1600 Transylvania Ave, Doing Good, and Posibilidad. Also as an actor (Rats), director (Making a Killing) and as production, company & stage manager for various productions including the international collaboration and Asian tour of Big Wind.She also served as company manager for ACT's long running production of Angels In America: Parts I & II. She is committed to mentoring future activist artists and from its beginning has been an enthusiastic teacher and occasional project director of company's 25-year-old Youth Theater Project. Ellen credits her ability as an improviser for helping to navigate the rocky road of non-profit political theater.

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SKYLER SULLIVAN

 

Lead Teacher

Skyler Sullivan (They/He) is thrilled to return to collaborate with the S.F. Mime Troupe and loves guiding artists to tell stories on stage. Skyler's work as an actor, director, educator and therapeutic clown, has been seen coast to coast. Thank you for supporting arts programs that give our community a chance to connect and thrive.

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CARLA GALLARDO

 

Assistant

This is Carla’s first time working with the SF Mime Troupe’s Youth Theater Project, and she’s very excited to be a part of this incredible learning experience! Before she decided to become a full-time actor in the Bay Area, she used to teach swimming for children and adults for about four years in the East Bay. She studied theater arts at Laney College in Oakland, and then transferred to SF State in San Francisco, CA. When she’s not acting, she enjoys taking breaks at the beach, listen to loud music with the car windows down and wind in her hair (but not in her eyes), spending time with her loved ones, and having coffee/food/boba dates with friends to catch up on life; and now, due to the pandemic, she has started enjoying sleeping in until the sun shines, reading books, embroidery, and becoming a new plant mama to 20+ plants.

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LIZZIE CALOGERO

 

YTP Outreach Coordinator

Lizzie Calogero is an actress and educator from England, living in the Bay Area. She is a former SF Mime Troupe Collective member, and has appeared in many Mime Troupe summer shows, recently Walls, Treasure Island, and Back to the Way Things Were.

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OONA VALLE ELLIS

 

YTP Support Staff

Oona Valle Ellis is a queer Honduran-American plant-lover and musician, originally hailing from Lenape territory (NYC). When they’re not playing holy fool with SFMT, they can be found tending to the land and apothecary at Canticle Farm playing accordion with fellow cumbierxs, fiber-crafting sculptural adornments, listening at the feet of their elders, tickling the feet of their chosen niblings, or up to some other sacred mischief. Pictured here with trans corn.  

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MARIE CARTIER

 

YTP Support Staff

Marie Cartier has been working with the Mime Troupe since 2012. Born and raised in San Francisco, her theater practices encompass a variety of roles. She has created props for several years of Mime Troupe shows, and was on the writing team for Treasure Island and Tales of the Resistance. She had the pleasure of teaching the Youth Theater project for four years, 2016-2019. Her teaching practices emphasize bringing out the weirdness within and questioning the system. Marie is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at CSU East Bay. Despite previously being a hater about flow arts and dog people, Marie now enjoys hooping and hanging out with her newly adopted senior chihuahua, Lady Catherine De Bourgh. These things have kept her sane during quarantine.

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TAYLOR GONZALEZ

 

YTP Support Staff

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LAUREL

 

Peer Advisor

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CHRISTIAN

 

Peer Advisor

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