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Moni Yakim: Director - Master Teacher - Mime
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris - a musicalRoyal Theatre
Henry V - Shakespeare (Asso. Dir.)
Also at Stratford Shakespeare Theatre
Anta Theatre
Jacques Brel...
Also in London, Paris, Holland, Israel, Canada
& over a dozen companies across the U.S.
(Six Nominations, Directorial Excellence Award.)
The Village Gate
You're The Top - A Cole Porter Review
(Also conceived.)
The Village Gate
Equinox - A play by Mario DiamentIntar Theatre Row
Songs By Mark Blitstein
(Also conceived.)
New School Auditorium
Tickles For Tucholsky - A review based on the works of Kurt Tucholsky
(Also conceived.)
Theatre Four
Counterpoint - Songs from the New Renaissance with Chad MitchellThe Bitter End
I Love Thee Freely - A play by Ben ZavinAstor Place Theatre
Under Milk Wood - A play by Dylan Thomas
Also at the Kraine Theatre
Mint Theatre
The Workroom - A play by J.C. GrumbergManhattan Theatre Source
...I Can Cry - A docudrama by Miri Ben ShalomN.Y. Fringe Festival
Pollock - A one-man play written by David D'Agostino
Conceived by Moni Yakim
78th Street Theatre Lab
Rubirosa - Workshop of the musical
by Gary Kupper and Sandra Hochman
Playwrights Horizons
Along The Long, Long Road
Also adapted, from a story by Wolfgang Borchert
Circle in the Square Theatre
& La Mama
Let Us Fly - A musical based on the life
and songs of Vladimir Vysotsky
Also conceived with Mina Yakim
King’s Head Theatre, London
Spring Thaw - A musical reviewPlayhouse Theatre, Toronto
& Canadian Tour
Turn of the Screw - Based on the novel by Henry James
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Rubican Theatre, Los Angeles
The Tempest - ShakespeareYale Repertory Theatre
L’Histoire Du Soldat - Stravinsky
Columbus First Cultural Award
Thurber Theatre
From Vienna To Broadway - A musical review
Also conceived
Metropolitan Opera Studio & Tour
Also at Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland
International Play Festival, Albuquerque
And Give Us The Shadows
by Lars Norén
The Schoolhouse Theatre, Westchester
La Ronde - A play by Arthur Schnitzler
The House of Bernarda Alba - A play by F.G. Lorca
Diary of a Scoundrel - A play by Alexander Ostrovsky
The Workroom - A play by J.C. Grumberg
The Rose - Songs by Amanda McBroom
Thieves Carnival - A Play by Jean Anouilh
Happy End - A play with songs by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Wind in the Willows - From a book by Kenneth Grahame
Also adapted, with Pierre Lefevre
The Would-Be Gentleman - A comedy by Moliere
The Realm of Chelm - A play with songs
Written by Moni Yakim
The House of Bernarda Alba - A play by F.G. Lorca
Ionescapade - Six Plays by Eugene Ionesco
The Girl From Maxim’s - A play by George Feydeau
The Enchanted - A play by Jean Giraudoux
Nash On Nash - Poems & Songs by Odgen Nash, Conceived by Mina Yakim
Diary of a Scoundrel - A play by Alexander Ostrovsky
The Ninth Circle - A play by Jan Hartman
Under Milkwood - A play by Dylan Thomas
Rigoletto - VerdiLake George Opera Festival
Rusalka - DvorakAmerican Opera Center
& Boston Concert Opera
Don Pasquale - DonizettiJuilliard Opera Center
Hin Und Zuruck - HindemuthJuilliard Opera Center
The Contest Between Phoebus and PanStony Brook Music Festival
& N.Y. Merkin Hall
Epiphanies - Paul Des MoraisYale Theatre
Gianni Schichi - PucciniMetropolitan Opera Studio & Tour
La Boheme - PucciniMetropolitan Opera Studio & Tour
Robocop, Robocop II, Robocop III - films
Created the movement & characterization
Jacques Brel... - film
The Gondoliers - Gilbert & SullivanBlue Hill Troupe, Hunter College Auditorium
L’Amour Des Trois Oranges - ProkofievJuilliard Opera Center
The Juilliard Drama Division
(Current, since its inception)
Head of Movement/Physical Acting Department
Circle in the Square
Physical Acting
Stella Adler ConservatoryPhysical Characterization
Yale Drama SchoolHead of Movement Department
American Opera CenterActing
Yakim’s Performance Theatre CenterMime, Pantomime, Physical Acting, Masks
As a guest Master Teacher, Moni Yakim conducted seminars in London, Moscow, Vienna, Oslo, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, and has been invited to lead sessions of his own method of acting in universities and drama schools across the U.S.

He is recipient of ATME’s (Association of Theatre Movement Educators) Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to theatre movement.

He is the author of the widely read book Creating a Character: A Physical Approach to Acting.

As a personal physical acting coach, Moni helped many Stage, Film & Television actors prepare for their roles (on a very selective basis), among them Ryan Gosling, Harvey Keitel, Brittany Murphy, Michael Night and Peter Weller.

Over 25 years of its existence, the Yakim’s Performance Theatre Center presented numerous full length Mimo-dramas, created by Moni and Mina Yakim and directed by Moni. A great number of mimes who studied directly with Moni were involved in the following productions:

TALES OF THE GOAT–MAN: Premiered at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, moved to N.Y.’s Vital Arts Center, toured across the U.S. followed by a month long tour in Israel.


RAGS TO RICHES: Two weeks at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Music by Aaron Copland and Scott Joplin. With St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE: Carnegie Hall, Rutgers University, Brooklyn Museum & on tour. Music by Hans Wener Henze. With the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

LA BOUTIQUE FANTASQUE: A week at Carnegie Hall. Music by Rossini. With St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

THE SILENT SONG: Lecture demonstration performed in schools in New York, Long Island and New Jersey.

THE SILENT STAGE: At P.T.C. & on tour.

WALK INTO THE NIGHT: At P.T.C. & on tour.

STREET SCENES: At P.T.C. & on tour.

MOON/POET: At P.T.C. & on tour.

SEX & VIOLENCE: At P.T.C. & on tour.

MIME WORLD ONE: At P.T.C. & on tour.

MIME WORLD TWO: At P.T.C. & on tour.

WORK SYMPHONY: At P.T.C. & on tour.

RAT RACE: At P.T.C. & on tour.

The Yakims — An Evening of Mime premiered at the New Bowery Theatre and subsequently toured the U.S. and Canada.

The Yakims — Journeys premiered at Town Hall, then for the next twenty years toured in regional theatres, colleges, universities, community centers and resorts all over the U.S. and Canada. Journeys consisted of mime pieces from the following repertoire, with pieces ranging between five and 40 minutes in length:

The LinkThe SculptorThe Date
EvolutionThe Abstract PainterThe Wedding
AscensionThe FishermanCircumcision
Cain & AbelThe Carpenter*Happy Home
Duet*The Strong ManFour Ages
MirageThe StatueStreet Scenes
To The MoonThe TreeOn The Beach
U.N. DebateThe WallThe Boss
Noisy LifeGallopThe Duel
The Race  
* The entire repertoire was created by Moni and Mina Yakim, with the exception of Duet and The Carpenter which were created by Etienne Decroux.