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.

Mark was a magnificent performer!  The kids were SO excited and engaged the entire performance. Afterwards they were all excitedly talking about him down the hallways. We’ve had many great performances come, but I thought Mark really connected and entertained all of our students with just pure fun and laughter the entire assembly. We have many ESOL students at our school and one of the teachers made such a fantastic point how he was so enjoyable for everyone, no matter what your first language is. Thank you Mark for visiting our school!

– PTA Cultural Arts, Meadow Hall Elementary School (MCPS)

Mark Jaster was excellent. I’ve never seen 285 children sit SILENT in awe! He was a pleasure to work with, and excellent with the children!

– PTA, West Friendship Elementary School (HCPSS)

The artist connected with the whole audience, kindergarteners through teachers, as well as the learning center. This funny, gentle show is a wonderful treat.

– PTA Cultural Arts, DuFief Elementary School (MCPS)

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

– Washington Post

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

Virtual program options may be available – contact us for more information.


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.

Audience, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Children & Families, Adults

Art Forms, Music, Storytelling, Theatre

Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency

Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies

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