Michael leads students into the silent world of the art of mime through a set of exercises and activities designed to spark creativity and self-expression, sharpen fine motor skills, and improve balance and coordination. Using their bodies to convey imaginary objects and situations, students strengthen their focus and concentration, develop their powers of observation, and expand their ability to communicate thoughts, feelings, and dreams—powerful tools for reading, writing, and oral speaking.
Michael Hickey, principal performer and co-founder of Gateway Performance Productions, studied mime with the masters of his craft: renowned artist Marcel Marceau and professional clown Jango Edwards.
His mask creations have twice won First Place and Best of Show at the National Maskibition in Eureka, California and have been exhibited at galleries and museums including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Iowa State Art Museum.
His work also is part of a permanent collection at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. He has designed masks for the Center For Puppetry Arts, Emory University Theater, The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Daystar Native American Dance Theater, and the Galeria de Guadalupana in Chimayo, New Mexico.
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Large room, clear of all obstacles