Mark Jaster: Foolish Antics, Mute Amusements and Musical Anomalies

Mark Jaster, who studied with master mime Marcel Marceau, has long delighted audiences with physical comedy, playful interaction, and musical surprises (Piccolo’s Trunk, The Maestro, A Fool Named “O”, and new Wingnut). His engaging workshops and residencies focus on communication skills, physical expression, cooperation, artistic vocabulary, and the creative process.

“Clown extraordinaire and one of the most graceful performers you will ever see on a stage.”


Mark Jaster studied mime with Etienne Decroux, the celebrated teacher of Marcel Marceau, and has served as Mr. Marceau’s teaching assistant. Jaster’s diverse skills as actor, musician, dancer, and mime, his experience in children’s theater, his solid classical training under this era’s masters of mime, and his own fertile, off-beat imagination have made his solo shows a popular success with all ages. Mark offers workshops, performances and entire plays in mime and has been entertaining people of all ages in this country and abroad since the early 1970’s. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center, The White House, the National Cathedral, Wolf Trap, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Artist’s website: Mark Jaster


A Fool Named ‘O’

Featured at the Maryland Renaissance Festival since 1986, “O” astonishes as a wordless medieval jester who plays unusual instruments and non-instruments and employs other simple props to beguile, involve and entertain in a medieval manner. (Grades 6-12)

The Maestro

An eccentric mute conductor makes musical mayhem with the audience as his hilarious orchestra in a classic combination of mime and music in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton and the Circus of yesteryear. (Grades preK-12)

Piccolo’s Trunk

A wordless clownish character enchants with illusions and humorous surprises by engaging students with skillful movement, live music and audience participation in this popular introduction to the art of mime. (Grades preK-12)

A family-friendly interactive clowning performance featuring the foolish and musical misuse of tools. A folding rule becomes a shark (among other things), a saw makes lyrical melodies, and a drop cloth creates characters requested by the audience. (Grades preK-12)

Single $575/Back-to-Back $675

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.