Production Bios

SCRIPT & DIRECTION:

 

Michael Gene Sullivan (Head Writer, Actor, SFMT Collective) is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright based in San Francisco. As an actor Michael has worked with the American Conservatory Theatre, the Denver Center Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks, California Shakespeare Theatre, SF Playhouse, San Francisco and the African American Shakespeare Companies, and the Aurora, the Marin, the Magic, the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, and has been a principle actor for the San Francisco Mime Troupe for over 30 years. Michael’s directing credits include work with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, TheatreFirst, the African American Shakespeare Company, Street Of Dreams Theatre Company, and over a dozen shows with SFMT. Michael was also director of the all-woman, all-clown Circus Finelli. From 1992 -1999 Michael was a Contributing Writer for the despite-its-name-never-silent, Tony and OBIE Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe before being named SFMT’s Resident Playwright 2000 to present. Michael is also a  Resident Playwright for the Playwrights Foundation, and in 2017 was playwriting resident at the Djerassi Arts Center.  Mr. Sullivan's political dramas, musicals, and satires include Walls (Ningun Humano Es Ilegal!), Treasure Island, For The Greater Good, Freedomland, Red Carol, Too Big To Fail, Did Anyone Ever Tell You-You Look Like Huey P. Newton?, Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan (with Josh Kornbluth), Godfellas, Too Big to Fail, Possibilidad or The Death of the Worker, the all-woman farce Recipe, and his one person show, Did Anyone Ever Tell You -- You Look Like Huey P. Newton? Mr. Sullivan's plays have been performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in Greece, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, New Zealand, Ukraine, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Mexico, as well as in theaters throughout the United States. 1984, his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopic novel of the oppressive present/future, had its world premiere in 2006 at the Actors' Gang, directed by Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. After several extended runs in Los Angeles, 1984 has gone on to several national and international productions, has been translated into six languages, and published in two. Michael is also a Collective Member and Board Member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. www.michaelgenesullivan.com

Velina Brown (Director, Actor, SFMT Collective) is pleased to step into a new role for the Mime Troupe and direct Tales of the Resistance. For 25 years Velina has been a principal performer for the Mime Troupe. She was the Devil in Deal With the Devil, 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 Troupe shows include WALLS, Schooled, Ripple Effect, Red State, Too Big to Fail, and Posibilidad: Or Death of the Worker for which she won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Principal Actress. Velina has toured France with the Word for Word, and Spain and Portugal with Brooklyn based ensemble Barbez in support of their album For Those Who Came After: Songs of the Resistance from the Spanish Civil War. Other credits include A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, SF Playhouse, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and many others as well as film, television and commercials. Velina also voices video games, training films, narrates documentaries and writes an advice column for Theatre Bay Area called The Business of Show Biz. For more info. about Velina please visit
www.velinabrown.com.

Marie Cartier (Writer, Actor, SFMT Collective) has been working with the Mime Troupe since 2012. A native San Franciscan, her theater practices encompass a variety of roles. She created props for the Mime Troupe shows Seeing Red, Walls, and Schooled and has taught with the Troupe's Youth Theater Project since 2016. Marie completed the Emerging Artist in Residence program at SFMT in 2017, by co-writing and performing her original work, Yesterday is Tomorrow. She has written, co-produced and performed in the original circus cabaret, Saturnalia: A Raunchy Circus Christmas at Shelton Theater in 2017 and 2018, and has served as a technician/board operator for more shows than she can count. Marie is a founding member of Bow & Arrow: A Circus Theater Collective. She is also a visual artist and has displayed her paintings and mixed-media pieces at Farley's, Alamo Square Grill, Brainwash, Tea Roots and the Sherwood Gallery.

Ellen Callas (Writer, General Manager, SFMT Collective) 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 24-year-old Youth Theater Project. Ellen credits her ability as an improviser for helping to navigate the rocky road of non-profit political theater.

Daniel Savio (Composer/Lyricist, Musician, SFMT Collective)  started his professional theater career playing for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, participating in the tours of GodFellas ('06) and Making a Killing ('07). He later returned to the Troupe and has been a fixture in the pit the last five seasons, serving as keyboardist for Freedomland ('15), musical director and keyboardist for Schooled ('16), keyboardist and bassist for Walls ('17) and Seeing Red ('18), and lyricist and keyboardist for Treasure Island ('19). He is thrilled to be composer and lyricist for the Mime Troupe's first radio play ever.

CAST:

 

Andre Amarotico (Actor) is returning for a third summer with the Mime Troupe. Andre studied theater at Stanford University, where he received the Evelyn M. Draper Prize for Performance and the Muses Prize in the Arts and Classics. Recent roles include Anthony in Sweeney Todd (6th Street Playhouse), Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (Ross Valley Players), Bones in Treasure Island (SFMT), Kenickie in Grease (Mountain Play), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Throckmorton Theatre), Smith in An American Ma(u)l (BACCE), Joe in Seeing Red (SFMT), and the title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth (Stanford). He received a TBA nomination for outstanding featured actor in The 39 Steps (Ross Valley Players).

Lizzie Calogero (Actor) is a one-time Collective member and Mime Troupe regular; she played Jill Hawkins in last year's Treasure Island, and appeared in Walls, 2012 the Musical, Too Big to Fail, and Red State over the years. With roots in the United Kingdom, she has performed in plays around the Bay Area, with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, SF Playhouse, Center Rep, and Symmetry Theatre among others.

Brian Rivera (Actor) performed last summer with the SF Mime Troupe in Treasure Island. His past work with the Troupe also includes Doing Good (2005) and Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker (2010). He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning revival of The King & I at Lincoln Center & subsequently the First National Broadway Tour. Brian's credits include the US Premiere of The Orphan of Zhao at ACT & La Jolla Playhouse. His other Bay Area credits include Major Barbara at ACT, Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Yellowjackets, and California Shakepeare Theater's American Night. Brian studied at Oxford University through BADA and earned his B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. Many thanks to the Collective, our cast, band, & staff. Ars Longa Vita Brevis.

Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Actor, Writer, SFMT Collective) is a Collective and Board Member with the Tony award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Since 1987, she has been an Actor, Designer, Co- Writer and Director with the Company and has been in almost every summer show since joining. Keiko has performed at many theaters  throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley Rep, ACT, The Magic Theater, The Aurora Theater, Word for Word, and Center Rep. An award winning Costume Designer, nominated for TBA Best Costumes, Bay Area Critics Circle award, and recipient of the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award, (American College Theater Festival), she has most recently been awarded the TBA Cash Grant towards creating her one person show. Keiko is one of the co-founders of Kunoichi Productions Theater Company, and a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater. She is a teacher with The San Francisco Opera Guilds’ “Book to Bravo”and “Voices for Social Justice” programs.

Lisa Hori-Garcia (Actor, SFMT Collective) has been a principal performer and collaborator for the Troupe since 2004 in such shows as Seeing Red, Schooled, Posibilidad or Death of The Worker, Too Big To Fail and Doing Good to name a few. In 2016, Lisa received a TBA Nomination for Best Principal Actress in a Musical for her performance in Freedomland. She is also the program director and lead teacher of both the Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project (YTP) and SFMT's summer intensive theater workshop. Lisa also works with other Bay Area companies, such as Cal Shakes, The Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Word for Word and most recently appeared in ACT's Men on Boats and The Great Leap. 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.

Marissa Ellison (Actor, Tour Manager), born and raised in Wisconsin, Marissa 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 graduated with her BA in Theatre Arts from Marquette University. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform in the Bay Area with Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Moonrisers, Ross Valley Players and Landmark Musical Theatre. Marissa is always excited to spend time at the Mime Troupe and be involved with such passionate theatre professionals!

Michael J. Asberry (Actor) most recently performed in I'm Back in the Best of Playground Festival's ZoomFest; He's also performed with Aurora Theatre Company; Sacramento Theatre Company; Capital Stage Company; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory Theatre; TheatreWorks; A.C.T.; Shotgun Theater and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Film and television credits include San Andreas (Warner Brothers);    Chance (Hulu); Trauma (NBC); Nash Bridges (CBS) and voiceover for Pixar Animation, Clorox, Pine Sol and the video game, Watchdogs 2. My Fellow Artists: Let’s keep making people laugh, cry, think and DO... My Fellow Citizens: Spread Love. Michael J. Asberry on Facebook. michaeljasberry on Instagram.

Marilet Martinez (Actor) Recently seen in the Magic Theatre's critically acclaimed Don’t Eat the Mangos, Marilet is a San Francisco native, actor, improviser, teaching artist with an emphasis in trauma-informed practice, and fight choreographer. Bay Area credits include: Walls (Zaniyah),San Francisco Mime Troupe; Heart Shaped Nebula (Dahlila), Shotgun Players; TheTaming (Bianca) and Forever Never Comes(Sandra), Crowded Fire; Learn To Be Latina(Blanca), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio),Mutt (Various), Impact Theatre; Mud (Mae),Tontlawald (Lona), Ondine (Mist), A Dream Play (Gatekeeper), Ubu Roi (Various),Cutting Ball Theater; Santos and Santos(Nena), Teatrovision. Recently relocated to Chicago, Marilet is one-fourth of the ALTA (Alliance for LatinxTheatre Artists) award-winning, all-Latina improv and sketch team Ratas de DosPatas. Ratas has played festivals across the country and last year debuted their sold-out sketch show The Invocation of Selena,inspired by la reina Selena Quintanilla-Perez.Marilet is an ensemble member of Comedy Sportz Chicago. Follow her on Instagram:@mariletmartinezsf and @ratas_de_2_patas 

 

Dorian Lockett (Actor) is beyond excited to once again share some fun times with the SF Mime Troupe He last played with them in their production of Walls. Dorian is an Oakland native with recent stage credits as Lincoln in ‘TopDog Underdog’ by Suzan Lori-Parks and Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451. You can also catch him as Coach Patrick on Netflix in 13 Reasons Why and Lando Calrissian in the Choose Your Destiny series by Disney. Live Long and Prosper. 

Ed Holmes (Actor)….so far. First 19 years…East Cleveland Ohio. Next 7 years…US Navy. Machinist mate (steam mechanic). 2 pig boats, one smoke, one steam, and a bird farm. Next 50 years…performer by way of Laney JC (mime), Cal State Hayward (BA Theater arts), Mills College (MA dance), Familia/Fratelli Bologna 'The Right Stuff', Antenna Theater, Young Audiences of the Bay Area (history of clowns and mimes), SF Opera, Oakland Symphony, Subhuman-True Tales From Beneath The Sea, SFMT ('86-2014), Theater RAB Freiburg Germany Tip of the Iceberg (writer/director), Rhythmix Cultural Works Alameda History performances 'Island City Waterways' (writer/performer 2016-2020). Physical theater instructor - CSUH, Mills College, ACT, SF Museum of Art, Dreamworks, Sony Animation, Pacific Data Image, SFMT. Extra miscellaneous…Saint Stupid’s day parade instigator ’79-2020 (First Church of the Last Laugh), Lazlo bean-Dip School of Jalopy Photography, Berkeley Side-Kick Institute, desert rat, feral musician, grandfather.

Michael Gene Sullivan (Head Writer, Actor, SFMT Collective) SEE ABOVE.

Velina Brown (Director, Actor, SFMT Collective) SEE ABOVE.

Marie Cartier (Writer, Actor, SFMT Collective) SEE ABOVE.

 

MUSICIANS:

 

Dylan Jennings (Musician) is a multi instrumentalist woodwind musician who plays an eclectic assortment of music with bands all across the Bay Area. He grew up in ska, punk, and jazz music and found his way to San Francisco hailing from Riverside 6 years ago to further expand his musical experience and skill as a musician. He currently plays in groups such as Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, Bicicletas por la Paz, Sapphire Lung, and other notable groups in the Bay.

 

Dred Scott (Music Producer, Musician) is a Mime Troupe alumni. During the 1990's, Dred was in the pit and on the stage for a half dozen Mime Troupe shows, among them the anti-Gulf War show, Back To Normal, the cigarette expose that went to nearly every high school in Northern California, Revenger Rat. Dred produced and played on Mime Troupe legend, Bruce Barthol's first solo album, The Decline and Fall of Everything. Dred also toured the Mime Troupe production of Robert Jason Alexander's great retelling of Uncle Tom's Cabin called, I Ain't Yo' Uncle. Dred was co-founder of the ground-breaking, Oakland based, hip-hop jazz group, Alphabet Soup. Dred has been living and working in NYC the last 20 years and just released his 12th album on Ropeadope Records entitled, Dred Scott Rides Alone. He wrote all the songs and played all the instruments.

 

Daniel Savio (Compser/Lyricist, Musician, SFMT Collective) SEE ABOVE.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Taylor Gonzalez (Sound Designer/Audio Engineer, SFMT Collective) is excited to be working in this new medium with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He is looking forward to the challenges ahead while working on a radio serial. During this time while sheltering in place Taylor has also been working on production and engineering for local bands albums. He is looking forward to getting back into the field to continue his work as a live audio engineer around the Bay Area, and is excited to work with the Mime Troupe for his 5th straight summer production.

Karen Runk (Production Stage Manager) moved to SF with the intention of only staying for a few months... Over two decades later she's still here! This is largely due to the talented folks at the SF Mime Troupe and thanks to Golden Thread Productions where she has been a Resident Artist since 2018 - but mostly it's due to rent control! Runk has also stage managed with Word For Word, Magic Theater, SFShakes, Intersection for the Arts, and African American Shakespeare Company.

Kari Barclay (Community Engagement) is a writer, director, and educator who advances democracy and tells human stories of sexuality. Originally from Washington, DC, he has made work regionally and in New York at venues including Round House Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe Studio, and Manbites Dog. His play CAN I HOLD YOU? was one of the first plays about asexuality performed in the U.S. and has been developed in the Bay and New York. Kari is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, recipient of the Sudler Award in the Arts, and Ric Weiland Fellow at Stanford University. kari-barclay.com

Marissa Ellison (Actor, Tour Manager) SEE ABOVE. 

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