Staff member BIOS



General Manager, Collective Member

Ellen Callas 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.



Booking Coordinator, Tour Manager

Marissa Ellison 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 - Performance from Marquette University. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform in the Bay Area with 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!



Production Stage Manager

Karen Runk 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...

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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.

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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.



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!



IT, and Web Programmer

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.

Board members and officers


Alexis Adorador

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Velina Brown


Genie Cartier



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Marie Cartier


Susan Segal



Jessica Heidt
Corporate President


Haminy Silva

Board Chairperson


Mara Matsumura



Michael Gene Sullivan

emeritus board

the mime troupe would like to thank the following
people for their years of service on the SFMT board
Rotimi Agbabiaka
Michael Carreiro
Earl Crabb
Jack Davis
R.G. Davis
Matisse Enzer
Merle Goldstone
Kate Harrison
Joan Holden
Ed Holmes
Lisa Hori-Garcia
Trina Johnson
Tessa Koning-Martinez
Woof Kurtzman
Odette Lockwood-Stewart
Lawton Lovely
Jay Moss
Becky O'Malley
Mike O'Malley
Eduardo Robledo
Joel Schecter
Keiko Shimosato Carrerio

Peter Snider
Curtistine Waldon-Hoes