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by Jeff McBride (Notes) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 4:26pm

This outstanding contribution is a list from our friend DR. J. Ayala
The Doctor says:
"I Thought I might start by briefly defining two of the words you might hear most often on the show tonight (9 of July of 2012), both of which are two very different things:"

Mime: By definition, the term “mime” refers to any sort of silent performance.
Pantomime: By definition, the term “Pantomime” refers to the handling and manipulation of invisible objects.
The Mime Book by Claude Kipnis

Mime Time: A Book of Routines and Performance Tips by Happy Jack Feder

The Mime by Jean Dorey, with essays by Étienne Decroux , Jean-Louis Barrault and my teacher, Marcel Marceau

Masks, Mimes and Miracles: Studies in the Popular Theater by Allardyce Nicoll

The Choreographic Art: An Outline of Its Principles and Craft by Peggy van Praagh, Peter Brinson and Robert Bruce Church (has a section on Mime and Acting - well worth the read of the rest of the book)

Reflections on the Theatre (has a discussion on mime, and a section titled "Concerning Mime and Dance") by Jean-Louis Barrault

Apostles of Silence: The Modern French Mimes by Mira Felner

The Art of Mime: Its History and Technique in Education and the Theatre by Irene Mawer

The Art of Pantomime by Charles Aubert

Be A Mime by Mark Stolzenberg (not necessarily a complete beginner book, but great for the novice that has some working knowledge of the art)

The Decroux Sourcebook by Thomas Leabhart and Franc Chamberlain (EXCELLENT resource on the theory and art as practiced and taught by Étienne Decroux, and this one is very well illustrated)

Étienne Decroux by Thomas Leabhart (this book is an overview of sorts on the life and work of M. Decroux, and offers a great introduction to Corporeal Mime technique)

From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the Theatre by Annette Lust; Foreword by Marcel Marceau

A History of Pantomime by R.J. Broadbent

Jean-Gaspard Deburau (Mime Journal 1977) - this covers writings on the famous Pierrot of nineteenth-century France

Marcel Marceau by Harald von Pawlikowski-Cholewa (A book of mostly photographs of M. Marceau in his solo shows and some with others of his company members)

Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Ben Martin

MIME: A Playbook of Silent Fantasy by Kay Hamblin (an illustrated guidebook and great for beginners)

MIME: Basics for Beginners by Cindie and Matthew Straub

Mime Spoken Here: The Performer's Portable Workshop by Tony and Karen Montanaro (a VERY good book on mime theory and technique)

Mime: The Step Beyond Words by Adrian Pecknold

Mime: The Theory and Practice of Expressive Gesture, with a Description of its Historical Development by Joan Lawson, Drawings by Peter Revitt

Mime Work Book by Samuel Avital (and excellent book of methods and exercises for the beginning and intermediate students)

Motives for Mime by Pat Keysell

Mime Over Matter by Pat Keysell

MUMMENSCHANZ by Michel Bührer, Translated by Mavis Guinard (contains plenty of photographs to illustrate the history and development of Mummenschanz, starting in 1972 and all the way to its breakout into Broadway) (Also available in German)

Pantomime: Elements and Exercises by David Alberts

Pantomime: The Silent Theater by Douglas and Kari Hunt

Pantomimes 101 by James W. Gousseff (filled with sketches and performance ideas)

Street Mime by James W. Gousseff

BIP IN A BOOK by Marcel Marceau (also available in French: BIP PIÉGÉ DANS UN LIVRE)


Marcel Marceau: Maitre Mime de B. Martin

Paroles Sur le Mime de Étienne Decroux

von Werner Müller

Mimenspiel von Samuel Avital


DVD Recommendation
If you cannot find a good teacher (which is, of course, the best way to study and learn mime), there is a companion DVD to a book listed above:

Mime Spoken Here - Complete Course on DVD by Tony Montanaro (Also in book form) and available from his wife, Karen Montanaro here: http://www.

Biographies of Popular Mimes
Jean-Gaspard Deburau (born Jan Kašpar Dvořák on July 31, 1796 and died June 17, 1846) Bohemian-French mime. It is believed that he started his theater career as a stagehand, and in about 1819, he made his debut as Pierrot, but was not really known or "discovered" until about 1828. He was highly praised by critics and seemed to be unanimously loved by the public. He achieved notoriety when he was taunted as a 'Pierrot' in public by a street-boy, and Deburau killed him with one swift blow of his heavy cane. He was later acquitted of murder in court. He is famous for his various interpretations of the Pierrot character, and after his death, the Deburau Prize was established as a memorial to his life and his work.

Jacques Lecoq (b. December 15, 1921, d. January 19, 1999) - French actor and mime who was very well known for his physical theatre methods, as well as acting and mime methods, which he taught at his school that he founded in Paris in 1956 - L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. The American actor Geoffrey Rush was a student of Lecoq.

Étienne Decroux (b. July 19, 1898, d. March 12, 1991) French mime that studied with Charles Dullin, and later, Jacques Copeau at the Ecole du Vieux-Colombier. Decroux was an absolute master in Corporeal Mime, and created a number of Corporeal Mime pieces with fellow Vieux-Colombier student, Jean-Louis Barrault. They also starred together in the classic French film, "Les Enfants du Paradis". He eventually opened his own school of mime in Boulogne-Billancourt, France where he taught for most of the rest of his life.

Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, died September 22, 2007) Marcel Marceau is probably the most famous mime in history. He is well known for creating many different skits and acts, many of which are "standards" today. Undoubtedly his most famous character was Bip the Clown, a down-trodden Pierrot character. Bip was to Marceau what The Tramp was to Charlie Chaplin. He joined the company of Jean-Louis Barrault and played the role of Arlequin in the pantomime "Baptiste", which Barrault later interpreted in 'Les Enfants du Paradis'. In 1978, Marceau opened his very own school of mime, L'École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris, Marcel Marceau (The International School of Mimodrame of Paris - Marcel Marceau). Marceau was a student of the master, Étienne Decroux, and I was lucky enough to have been a student of Marcel Marceau for 8 wonderful years.

Jean-Louis Barrault (b. September 8, 1910, d. January 22, 1994) French actor, director and mime artist who starred with E. Decroux in "Les Enfants du Paradis" in 1945, studied with Charles Dullin from 1933-1935 and over his lifetime made around 50 different films. Le Soulier de Satin by Paul Claudel and Phèdre by Jean Racine were the two plays that made him known to the general public. Barrault was a mime student of Étienne Decroux.

Tony (1927-2002) and Karen Montanaro - Tony was a student of Decroux and was one of the greatest mime artists in the past 30 years. He was inspired to learn the art when his saw Marcel Marceau in his historic performance in New York in 1956. In the United States, later founded the Celebration Barn in the state of Maine, a very well-known theater and school of mime, improvisation, storytelling and other theatrical disciplines. His wife, Karen Montanaro, still lives and teaches in Maine (United States) as of 2012.

Paul Curtis is a well-known teacher of mime in New York City, and founder of The American Mime Theatre. Curtis teaches what has become known as American Mime technique, a unique blend of mime, pantomime, and playwriting and acting techniques, among other elements. American Mime is not as strict as that of the traditional French schools, and watching it is more like watching a play of sorts. His abilities as a teacher and skills as a practitioner are highly-praised. If my memory serves me correctly, Paul was the mime teacher of our very own Jeff McBride!

Link to teachers and schools worldwide:
Apr 2nd 2013, 12:13


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feel free to add to this thread your favorite books on Mime and Pantomime.
Apr 2nd 2013, 12:14


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Here are 2 videos from my mime teacher Paul Curtis



for more info on American Mime contact Jean@

Jean Barbour, Assistant Director
The American Mime Theatre
61 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10003