[PAST EVENT] Send in the Clowns: Mime as a transnational art form

September 20, 2023
Reves Center for International Studies, Reves Room
200 S Boundary St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public
Avner The Eccentric.  Photo by Simo Neri.
Avner The Eccentric. Photo by Simo Neri.

Michael Pedretti, scholar, teacher, performer, author and founder of Movement Theatre International, will speak about the history of mime and how it transcends borders and nationality. He will share photos and videos of mimes and clowns and read excerpts from his book, The Inside Story of Movement Theatre International's Mime and Clown Festivals. The talk is free and open to the public.

For the first half of his professional career, Michael Pedretti was a college professor directing theater productions and teaching history of theater, acting and directing. In the late 1970s, he became fascinated by the work of mimes and clowns. He founded Movement Theatre International to provide professional training, performance opportunities, and national conferences to encourage the artists and to create a sense of community for the field. He presented more movement artists from around the world than any American impresario and is able to describe and document the performances that may otherwise be lost to history. He has received many awards including a Kellogg Grant and appears in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership. He is the author of six books including the dog and i, Begetters of Children, and The Book of Agnes. He has contributed articles to the Mime Journal and Clowns, Jesters and Fools edited by Bradley G. Morrison. 

Having traveled to well over thirty countries and visited nearly every state, the author has a world view on life. He has been selected to be in Who's Who in the World, The Contemporary Who’s Who of Professionals, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, Who's Who in World Education, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South, Men of Achievement and Outstanding Young Men of America. He has served on peer panels for the NEA, the NJ Arts Council, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He has received several awards for his work in the mime and clown field.


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