Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Rob Mermin

THE ILLUSTRATED LECTURE/PERFORMANCE SERIES has 3 programs:
1. "Adventures in Mime & Space: The legacy of Marcel Marceau." This show is a tribute to Rob's mentors Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux. Rob presents his memories of training with the masters, demonstrates techniques of the art of pantomime, and shows rare film clips of Marceau and Decroux performing and teaching. (90 minutes) “Fascinating, humorous, and poignant. This heartfelt homage to his mentor is as much a display of Mermin’s artistry as it is a tribute to the art of silence.” — Unadilla Theater

2. "Silents Are Golden" sheds new light on how the acting style of the silent film era was based on theater techniques of the day. Rob demonstrates pantomime techniques used by the silent stars. The program is illustrated with a dazzling array of clips from 100 silent films. (90 minutes) "A Visual Feast! A perfect combination of Rob's live commentary and demonstration, blended with wonderful film clips.” — The Green Mountain Film Festival

3. "Circle of Sawdust" is highlighted by stories from Rob's 40-year career in American and European circus, with rare film clips. The program balances performance with stories, providing a vibrant look at the lifestyle and traditions of the itinerant show . The show culminates in the backstory and hilarious history of Circus Smirkus, founded by Rob in 1987.
“The evening was poignant, personal, educational, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. Mermin provides engaging, eye-opening insight into a culture of legend we spectators know very little about. An evening that shouldn’t be missed!”

— University Theater, Galway, Ireland

Rob ran off to the circus in his youth, and has stories to share from a 40-year international career in circus, theater, TV and film. He is a NEFA grant recipient.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Rob
Job Title/Position: 
Mime, Circus, Theater, Director, Consultant
Mailing Address: 
27 School St
Montpelier, VT 05602
Physical Address: 
27 School St
Montpelier, VT 05602
Last Name: 
Mermin
Phone: 
802 922-1339

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Media - Film
Theater - General
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Lake Forest College
International School of Mime Marcel Marceau
Awards: 
Copenhagen’s World Star-Time Gold Clown; The Bessie Award; "It Takes A Village" Award
Governor's Award for Excellence, Vermont's highest honor in the arts.
Russia’s Best Director Prize at The International Festival on the Black Sea
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
projector, screen: I provide equipment.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,200
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$250
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,800