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WMChat #21 ~ US Women in Mime ~ “Surviving and Succeeding in the USA”

 Hosted by World Mime Organisation

Participating in the conversation are the following women.

Sharon Diskin, The Chameleons Mime Theatre

Joan Schirle, Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International

Jean Callovini Barbour, Director American Mime Theatre,

Sara June, Bhutto Artist

Liz Bolick

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Celebrating The American Mime Theatre

65 YEARS!

“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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Visiting Paul J. Curtis at The American Mime Theatre

For many years I attended the American Mime Theatre. It was located at 192 Second Avenue when I first began classes and subsequently moved to another location on Bond St later.

I was working at the time in a photo lab on 23rd St and would go to class before my shift. (Nightshift started at 7pm)

I was so delighted to participate in the American Mime work by becoming the ‘official photographer’ for quite a few years. I documented many shows and classes over the years. (negs and photographs on file at AMT office)

One of my favorite memories from that time was visiting Paul one day before I was going to work and talking about what was going on with the AMT company’s upcoming shows and classes. Here is a photograph taken with my camera by Jean Barbour of Paul J. Curtis and myself laughing at something we both found amusing. (can’t remember what it was…)

Paul was a vital force in many people’s lives and we miss him dearly.

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