Black Artists’ Voices 2

Posted on July 31, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 12

Local artists Atim Udoffia (Actor, Director, Teaching Artist), Imani Mitchell (Actor, Director, Writer), and James R. Ellison, III (Actor) discuss their experiences with the performing arts industry in Sacramento.

Atim Udoffia
Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
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Atim Udoffia is an actor, director and teaching artist working in theatre, film and video. Recent acting credits include MACBETH (Sacramento Theatre Company), THE ROYALE (Aurora Theatre Company), ZENITH (SF Playhouse), THE TEMPEST (Sacramento Theatre Company) and DISGRACED (Capital Stage). In 2018 she received accolades for her directorial debut with OTHELLO at Big Idea Theatre and followed that with a staged reading of THE DRILL at Capital Stage. Atim holds a cross-disciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. After completing the post-graduate program at the London and International School of Acting, she studied for several years with Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Atim currently teaches Shakespeare to middle school and high school students at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.

Imani Mitchell
Actor, Director, Writer
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Imani Mitchell was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She has been acting for over 20 years and her most recent performance was ‘Morris’ in Capital Stage’s production of THE NETHER. Recently, Imani founded her film company I AM Studios with the mission to create compelling and unique works that primarily feature actors of color. Her first feature film, “Whirlpool”, will be finished for release in Fall 2020.

James R. Ellison, III

James R. Ellison, III is a natural born entertainer. Since the age of four he knew that by performing he could touch lives and inspire. James has done plays, stand-up comedy, improv, and local films all over southern and northern California. Recently seen as Junior in Capital Stage’s production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. Other credits include Martin Luther King, Jr. in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Celebration Arts and Evan in the Capital Stage production of SWEAT.


Storytelling is rooted in many cultures and originates from African Diaspora traditions. This series presents a variety of engaging tales with host, James Ellison, III. You be the judge of which are fact and which are fiction. Every first Saturday of the month.

August 1st Featured Storyteller: PETRI HAWKINS-BYRD

You know him as the bailiff on the Judge Judy show. You’ve seen him on tv, now watch Petri Hawkins-Byrd uncensored with Celebration Arts as a guest storyteller.

Saturday, August 1 at 5:00 pm

A Virtual Interview with Peter Mohrmann

Posted on July 21, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 11

Peter Mohrmann

In addition to last year’s THE WICKHAMS, Peter has directed Capital Stage productions of MISS BENNET, THE TOTALITARIANS, MAPLE & VINE, THE NORTHPLAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, OR, FICTION, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, RELATIVELY SPEAKING and JACK AND JILL. His other directing credits include SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, SCAPINO!, THE FALL OF X, BULLY BUSINESS, and THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM for City Theatre, and THE CRUCIBLE for Falcon’s Eye Theatre. As an actor, he has appeared in many Cap Stage productions, as well as performing with Sacramento Theatre Company, Foothill Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre and River Stage. As a co-founder of Capital Stage, Peter has worked in the capacity of managing director and marketing director. Currently, he is a professor of Theatre Arts and Film at Folsom Lake and Sacramento City Colleges. Peter received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

A Virtual Interview with Amy Resnick

Posted on July 11, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 10

Amy Resnick

Amy has truly enjoyed working with Capital Stage, where she last appeared in ADMISSIONS (for one lucky preview audience), SWEAT, LUNA GALE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, BLACKBERRY WINTER and also directed BAD JEWS. Other credits include New York: Lincoln Center, Synchronicity Place, Cherry Lane, Barrow Theatre, Westbeth Theatre, Women’s Project. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theatre, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, B Street Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Rep. World Premieres: by Aaron Sorkin, Stephen Belber, Claire Chafee, Leigh Fondakowski, Carlos LaCamara, Moises Kaufman, Steve Yockey, Wendy MacCleoud, Allison Moore, and Jon Jory. TV: Law & Order, Picket Fences, St. Elsewhere, Simon & Simon, Paper Dolls, Paper Chase, Back To The Streets Of San Francisco, Midnight Caller. Film: The Sure Thing, Haiku Tunnel, Love & Taxes, The Californians. Amy is also a B Street Theatre Company Member.

A Message from Designer Gail Russell

Posted on July 3, 2020

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 9

When you have done as many creative, innovative, and soul searching shows as I have at Capital Stage, and worked in as many costume shops with amazing and talented people, and you are suddenly told to “Go home!”, what does a person do? They tumble into their library/guest room and set up to make MASKS!

May you and your family and friends be healthy and happy during this time of secured shelter.

I look forward to seeing everyone again as soon as soon is.

Gail Russell
Associate Artist, Capital Stage

Collaborating with Capital Stage for over a decade, her favorite shows include: MARJORIE PRIME, AN OCTOROON, BETRAYAL, THE HOMECOMING, A DOLL’S HOUSE, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR, DANGEROUS LIASONS. Other local credits include STC’s KATE, THE WHIPPING MAN, GEM OF THE OCEAN; Fair Oaks Theatre Festival’s SUESSICAL, WILLY WONKA, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER; BECOMING JULIA MORGAN, and LOVE ISADORA California Stage; HAIRSPRAY, THE SEAGULL, JEKYLL AND HYDE, BEAUX STRATAGEM, STOP KISS, and JULIUS CAESAR at American River College where she also teaches in the Theatre Arts and Fashion departments. Gail is the recipient of several SARTA Elly Awards for Costume Design.