ART: Since 1969, as a performer, writer, actor, director, and producer I have been intimately involved in the creation of a wide range of original performance work, ranging from original plays and musicals to "Whoopi Goldberg on Broadway" to market-place performances in Southern Ethiopia. I write and direct plays, musicals, sound-pieces, street performances, radio pieces and solo works. My opera, TOKENS: a Play on the Plague won 4 Hollywood Dramalogue and Bay Area Critic's Awards. I have developed works for theaters in Germany and France, have toured Europe and Canada as a director and performer, and have performed my solo work MYethiOPIA in California, Chicago and Vermont. My solo piece Out Comes Butch has been produced by the Guthrie Theater, and in theaters and clubs throughout the USA and Europe. Meanwhile the AIDS Education Circus I founded in Ethiopia is in its twelfth year and has peformed for hundreds of thousands of people. My passion is to create new work - and to do that I've collaborated with people at all levels of show-biz, Broadway, the "avant-garde" and community arts . Currrently I am performing solo works, MYethiOPIA, Out Comes Butch, Infarcation and Jim Nisbet's Note From Earth and writing fiction and new pieces for performances in the fall of 2013.