I'm special

“My goal is to create a legacy but my passion is to show you how to create one for yourself, by offering a myriad of opportunities for alternative performance artists worldwide.”

Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett was born in Hollywood, CA in 1947. As a young actor he appeared in the Disney films Blackbeards Ghost & The One and Only Family Band,  following his brief but snazzy reign with the Cockettes (1970-1972) he starred in the cult classic Elevator Girls In Bondage.  Rumi keeps the spirit alive to this day with contributions to critically acclaimed recent exhibitions and events at: Envoy Gallery, NYC; Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn NY; HOWL Festival, NYC; UKS Galleri in Oslo, Norway; The Gender-Bender Festival in Bologna, Italy; SFMOMA; SomArts; The Center for Sex & Culture, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, TATE  Liverpool and the New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center among many others.

Recent acting roles include stage productions of Marat Sade, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma and Pearls Over Shanghai reprising his original role as Madame Gin-Sling. He has appeared in a number of other independent films including; UNCLE BOB, THE COCKETTES, THE GLITTER EMERGENCY, TIP-TOE PAST THE WITCH and RUMINATIONS.  

Rumi resides in Oakland, CA. and is currently writing, directing and producing Spectacle Pantomimes and working on his next production for October 2019 in NYC!


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Recently a lifetimes worth of collecting; an archive of original photos, prints, transparencies, posters, flyers, programs, cards, letters, zines, CDs, DVDs and cassettes from a lifetime of performing in the theatre. The Rumi Missabu Papers are now housed in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
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