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American Mime: Evolution of an Art Form Featuring Paul J. Curtis and Company Director, Jean Barbour
American Mime is a unique performing art created by a balance of playwriting, acting, moving, pantomime, and theatrical equipment.
American Mime is a complete theatre medium defined by its own aesthetic laws, terminology, techniques, script material and teaching methods. Basically, it is a medium for non-speaking actors who perform, in characterization, the symbolic activities of American Mime plays through movement that is both marvelous and beautiful.
- Paul J. Curtis
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The American Mime Theatre is a professional performing company and training school based in NYC. Founded in 1952 by Paul J. Curtis (August 29, 1927–April 28, 2012), it remains the oldest continually functioning mime theatre in the world.
The primary function of Classes is to produce American Mime artists. These artists must be capable of directing the artistic development and skill of themselves and others. They must be able to produce and transmit the medium through the skills of Performing, Teaching, Directing, Designing, Playwriting and to produce the full range of its professional services.
The secondary function of classes is to serve all those who may not wish to be American Mimes by teaching the inherent skills of this medium. These students include professional and beginning performers, teachers, directors, children and all those who find this process beneficial to their creative lives.
Repertory Performances 1 hour 45 minutes
A number of plays from the repertory selected for the particular audience of the presenting organization or venue.
Performance Demonstrations 1 hour
An entertaining performance of excerpts from the Repertory interspersed with our unique training methods performed by the Director and the Company.