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Mime artist to conduct workshop at VU

February 9, 2017 / Mime artist to conduct workshop at VU
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VINCENNES, Ind. - World renowned mime artist James “JJ” Jones will conduct a free mime workshop and performance at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performance Center. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

Jones, who has been deaf since birth, has partial hearing through a hearing aid. He first discovered pantomime at an early age by watching the Red Skelton Show and performed his first mime in school around the age of 10.

The free workshop will be held on Feb. 15, 7 p.m. EST, in the REDucation Room of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy which is located adjacent to the Skelton Center.

Local school children will attend the free performance in the Skelton Center theatre on Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

The workshop and performance are sponsored by Psi Iota Xi sorority and the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. Details are available at www.RedSkeltonMuseum.org or by calling 812-888-4184.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

James "JJ" Jones was born in Kansas City, Missouri and has been deaf since birth, but can partially hear with his hearing aid. He first discovered "pantomime" at an early age by watching the Red Skelton Show, which was not telecaptioned (cc) at that time. "JJ" first performed mime in school around the age of 10. 

JJ learned more mime just before he graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. While there, he attended mime workshops by Claude Kipnis, Keith Berger, Dimitri, Bernard Bragg (from the National Theatre of the Deaf), Francisco Reynders (Marcel Marceau's classmate), and many other mime artists. JJ improved his skills by observing the famous mime artist, Marcel Marceau. JJ fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by meeting his role models, Red Skelton and Marcel Marceau.

JJ has been a mime instructor at Maple Woods Community College for the Interpreter Training Program in North Kansas City, Mo., for more than 15 years. He loves to teach mime to children and student interpreters.

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