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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – ‘Apostles of Silence’ by Mira Felner

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And now the Acknowledgements!

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“I find ‘Apostles of Silence‘ indispensable when I am trying to describe (which surprisingly is pretty often) the different schools of movement (mime) that influence my own work and that of many of the great directors and actors of our time. Clearly written and a brilliant tool for comparison of these distinct approaches.”

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Go here to purchase this ‘out of print’ book.

American Mime Theatre Mime Photography

Celebrating The American Mime Theatre


“Hurly Burly” – with Paul J Curtis, Rick Wessler, and Charley Barney

The photograph was taken at The American Mime Theatre Studio.

The American Mime Theatre, Company and School, New York City, celebrated their 65th Anniversary on  April 7, 2017.  It all began in 1952 when a young 24-year-old, Paul J. Curtis, graduating as a theater Director from the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research (NYCity) and trained by Erwin Piscatory.  He went to Europe to explore different theater forms and he was disturbed by the arbitrary separation of acting and dance.  Returning to the United States, he thought it would be interesting to present to American actors a project of Mime to demonstrate its potential and to correct the limitations of the medium practiced by the French School of Mime.  Forming a Company of 5 actors and 5 dancers they began to work on the project and created a Repertory of plays to present their new works in a concert at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.  The audience’s response to the concert was strong, and the Company decided to continue with the work (creating plays for a Repertory and codifying the teaching methodology of this new kind of Mime, a performing art, which would be named “American Mime”.

The American Mime Theatre at 61 Fourth Avenue, NY NY 10003

– 212-777-1710 –

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Jean Barbour, Director

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Mime Photography

American Mime Theatre – Founded in 1952 by Paul J. Curtis

“Curtis is making American audiences realize there is an important difference between a Pantomimist and a Mime.”   Dance Magazine

“Do see this company; it isn’t often you will get such a gift.”      Village Voice

Photograph of AMT play ‘EVOLUTION’.

Photograph of AMT play “SLUDGE”.

Photographs of the American Mime Theatre company performing by Jim Moore

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I took classes with Paul J. Curtis for about 3 years. (late 1970’s) . He has been teaching and creating American Mime since 1952. During the time I studied at AMT we developed a great professional relationship and I became the resident photographer. I shot all the shows they performed and did some great studio shots during the time I was studying there as well as after I left the school as a student.  Paul is an amazing teacher. He understands the human psyche and movement and how they work together in a unique mimetic process. He teaches actors to move and movers to act.

The company performs a wide variety of mime plays created and written by the American Mime Theatre Ensemble.

I quote from the company’s webpage:

American Mime is a unique performing art created by a particular balance of playwriting, acting, moving, pantomime, and theatrical equipment. It is entirely different from the pantomime of the French Schools and the dance of the Eastern Mime disciplines.

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 telling and beautiful.

The classes are still at the AMT studio on Fourth Avenue in NYC. every Wednesday night. You should call first if you want to audit a class. It is an amazingly rewarding experience.

For more information about the school and classes click here.