The MimeCast

by Michael Gene Sullivan

The MimeCast is a series of biographical podcast interviews of current and veteran members of the Tony and OBIE award-winning, and despite its name never, ever silent San Francisco Mime Troupe, “America's Foremost Theatre of Political Comedy." For the past 60 years the Mime Troupe has brought its brand of revolutionary theater to audiences across the country and around the world. Their original musical comedies, and some dr ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Velina Brown

    Velina Brown

    Velina Brown is an award-winning actress, singer/songwriter, director, and educator based in San Francisco. Her stage credits include performances with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, The Denver Theatre Company, The Magic Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, Central Works, CenterREP, as well as with the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, where she has been a principal actor and guiding force for the company for over twenty years, touring nationally and internationally, helping create dozens of world premiere political musical dramas and comedies, each examining issues of peace, equality, or economic and social justice. Velina has also toured internationally Word for Word, and in 2016 recorded “For Those Who Came After: Songs from the Spanish Civil War” with Brooklyn based ensemble Barbez, after which she performed with the band Spain and Portugal. Velina’s Film and TV appearances include Chance, Party of Five, Nash Bridges, Trauma, Final Witness, Bee Season, Maladaptive, One Way to Valhalla, and Milk. Velina is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle award, and in 2012 was honored as part of Theatre Bay Area Magazine 35th Anniversary as one of the "35 Faces" that had made significant contributions to the Bay Area theater community. Velina is also a teacher, career coach, and writes the monthly column for Theatre Bay Area Magazine “The Business of Show Biz.” Velina graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, and has a Master's Degree in Counseling.

  • Season 1

  • Ed Holmes

    Ed Holmes

    ED HOLMES….so far First 19 years…East Cleveland Ohio Next 7 years…US Navy. Machinist mate (steam mechanic). 2 pig boats (submarines), one smoke (diesel), one steam (nuclear), and a bird farm (aircraft carrier). Next 50 years…performer by way of Laney JC (mime), Cal State Hayward (BA Theater arts), Mills College (MA dance), Familia/Fratelli Bologna, Antenna Theater, Young Audiences of the Bay Area (history of clowns and mimes), SF Opera, Oakland Symphony,'The Right Stuff', 'Subhuman-true tales from beneath the sea', SF Mime Troupe ('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, SF Mime Troupe. 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. all reasonable offers considered.

  • Hugo Carbajal

    Hugo Carbajal

    Hugo has performed with great theatre companies in Denver, San Francisco Bay Area, and Arizona. He is a former collective company member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and has worked with companies such as: Cal Shakes, Arizona Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, TeatroVision, Su Teatro, among others. Hugo is grateful to have had the opportunity to co-star on television shows such as Scandal, Chance, and most recently on Brooklyn Nine Nine. Hugo's first film experience was on the set of Silver City, by John Sayles, and he has since worked on several other films such as: El Camino, Lifeline, Cumpleañera, The Boatman, Cold-Pressed, among others.

  • Wilma Bonet

    Wilma Bonet

    Ms. Bonet - a past collective member, she has directed several San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer show “Treasure Island”, “Ripple Effect”, “2012 the Musical”, “Possibilidad or Death of a Worker” and “Too Big To Fail” all written by Michael Gene Sullivan. She has also directed Jose Rivera’s “School of the Americas”, Sandra Cisnero’s “The House On Mango Street”, Milcha Sanchez Scott’s Evening “Star/Doglady”, Eduardo Machado’s “The Cook”, Roy Conboy’s “Drive My Coche”, Octavio Solis’s “La Posada Magica”, and Jorge Gonzalez’s “Vieques” (West coast premiere) all at Teatro Vision in San Jose. Her other directing credits includes: Jeannie Barroga’s “Walls”, for Asian American Theater, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for Women’s Will, “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” for Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, “Fronteras Americanas” for TheaterFIRST, “Miriam’s Flowers” for Cal State University Sacramento. She has also directed for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and Latina Theatre Lab at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. A professional actress, she has appeared in numerous plays on stages across the country, recently in Magic Theatre’s world premiere of Ricardo Perez Gonzalez’s “Don’t Eat The Mango”, Playground’s “Anna Considers Mars” and Ubuntu Theater’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Tony Kushner. She has appeared on television as well as on screen most recently in COCO.

  • Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro

    Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro

    Keiko Shimosato Carreiro 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. Carreiro has performed at theaters throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A.C.T. , The Magic Theater, The Aurora Theater, Word for Word, and Center Rep. She was nominated for The Shellie Award for Outstanding Actress in the role of Grace in “The Sisters Matsumoto” at Center Rep. She is 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). Carreiro teaches with The San Francisco Opera Guilds’ “Book to Bravo” and “Voices for Social Justice” programs and enjoys raising up the next generation of artist/activists.