Bob Berky (published 1989)


Berky discusses his journey from the world of classical music, to theater, and then to the circus. He talks about his early roots as an athlete and how that impacted his work as a mime, his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War and subsequent work with kids, which culminated in his creation of the Youth Theatre Program. After training as a mime for several years, he went back to the spoken theater, ultimately returning to the world of mime. Berky reflects on the motivation for his mimed characters and the philosophical underpinnings of mime in general.

Biographical note:

Bob Berky was born in 1946. As a solo artist, he performed in venues internationally. He performed at New York's Dance Theatre Workshop, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and was also a featured artist at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival in both The Power Project and The Alchemedians. The initial production of The Alchemedians with co-performer Michael Moschen was off-Broadway, and later went on a worldwide tour. He performed at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and at the National Theatre in London. He received a number of awards including the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival and the Kennedy Center's 1991 New American Plays Award. Berky, who also writes, is currently the Artistic Director of the Off Square Theatre in Jackson Hole, WY. He has taught movement studies at many colleges and universities.






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