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wjohnson

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Review for San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first encountered the Mime Troupe way back in 1979 as part of a grad school research project on guerrilla theatres of the 1960's. My professor only had one question for me: "Are they still active?" I couldn't answer him, didn't know. Fast forward to 1993 and a faculty appointment at a CSU in northern California...and who should be coming to town but the San Francisco Mime Troupe!! The what...?? No way.

Now it's 2011 and I make it a point to see the Mime Troupe's annual summer show every year I can possibly get in range of them. I've done week long workshops with them and taken my classes to their shows and to participate in their lecture/demonstrations whenever they come to town. I often use what I've learned from them artistically and socially (and steal their best bits) in my own work.

I am dead serious when I say that the San Francisco Mime Troupe is a national treasure. There is no one else like them. They are a nagging, sharp elbowed, quick witted moral conscience for a nation that is losing its own. And they need a bigger megaphone!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...have them change any plans they have to change their spots.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Watched and Studied with them.