Rick Wamer

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In 1982, RICK WAMER began his studies of mime at The Goldston School for Mimes in Gambier, Ohio, under the direction of Gregg Goldston. He continued this pursuit of mime, participating in Marcel Marceau’s U.S. Seminars in 1985, 86 and 87 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has assisted Mr. Marceau in later Seminars. He now serves with Lorie Heald as Artistic Director of The School for Mime Theatre in Gambier, Ohio and Theatrical Mime Theatre in Tucson, Arizona.

Rick’s solo performances, collaborations and residencies have delighted and entertained audiences of all ages throughout North America, in Asia, Eastern Europe and the West Indies. His one-man show Geometries: Performing Art Experiments by a Not-So Mathematical Genius, a fast-paced performance mingling mime and monologue has been delighting audiences throughout North America since it premier in 1994. He toured for several years as a founding member of The Invisible People Mime Theatre and contributed his choreography to their effort. Other major projects have included performances in Warsaw, Poland, with Bartek Ostapczuk, Gregg Goldston and Lorie Heald at the Mithynarodowy Festiwal Snuki Mimu, and upon several occasions in Eastern China with Alithea Mime Theatre, and Theatrical Mime Theatre’s 5-member mime ensemble at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Most recently Wamer performed at the first Panphys Physical Theatre Festival in Skopje, Macedonia, for which he won “Best of Festival” and in May, 2009 he represented the United States in a Festival for Peace among Jewish and Palestinian Israelis in Shef-Amer, Israel. Besides directing Theatrical Mime Theatre with Lorie Heald, Rick holds an M.F.A in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona and serves as the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Program Coordinator, working with the Tucson Unified School District. References to Wamer and his artistry can be found in two significant, recent publications: From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond, by Annette Lust, page 184, and Innovate the Pixar Way: Business Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Corporate Playground, by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson, pages 58 and 64. He makes his home in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.


Rick Wamer is also a lead at the OMA Foundation.  Check out the OMA Foundation website here!