The Mime Who Talks has been too busy to keep her website up to date. At the invitation of Jonathan McCarter, I coached mime and movement for the young actors at the NC Theatre Conservatory, to prepare them for their roles in Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town,” which uses minimal props and set pieces. The cast delivered a stellar ensemble performance, full of life and love.
Acting as the Mime Who EMCEES at Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, in the fall. I created original, very short mime introductions to a bunch of new films, and, as usual, the audiences were phenomenally receptive to the unexpected form of intros.
I attended, performed, and/or presented at showcases and conferences: the national Arts Education Partnership in D.C., the Arts and Sciences Council‘s Arts in Education Fair in Charlotte, United Arts of Raleigh-Wake‘s Arts in Education Market, the NC Arts Education Coordinators meeting, NC Theatre Arts Educators Fall Sharing, Durham Arts Council‘s Arts in Education Fair, NC Presenter’s Consortium Market, and more.
One of my favorite residencies this year was at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, called, “Communicate! Collaborate! Create! Mime!” I worked with nearly 200 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They and the faculty at Pleasant Grove were GREAT!! The residency was supported by a grant from United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Many thanks to them, and to the taxpayers of NC who are supporting arts in education!
I led mime workshops in numerous after-school programs in Durham. My gratitude goes to the Durham Arts Council’s CAPS program! I also had the opportunity to work with high school Theatre Arts students in several different venues. I love working with high school students–they are full of curiosity, open to new ideas, and they call me, “Ma’am.”
I performed as a roving mime in multiple outdoor and indoor venues, including “Odyssey of the Mind” in Raleigh, “El Dia de Los Libros” in Siler City, and an extremely wet food festival–“A Taste of Fayetteville.” By the end of the day, children were lying down in puddles and swimming in them. I was the mime who dripped and the juggler who dropped.
I coached a story-teller and a pole-dancer on their performances. And with the Southeast Center for Arts Integration, I led day-long workshops for teachers on “Closing the Gap in Literacy and STEM with Arts Integration,” in Wilmington, NC.
Summer of 2018 I will be studying clown and Lecoq technique at the Movement Theater Studio in Brooklyn. And I get to work with a group of high school students on devising original performance and mime in Greensboro, at Triad Stage. I am looking forward to it!!