Charlie Chaplin:  Jazz Age Character

Mick Corley


Program Description -

Actor and mime, Mick Corley portrays the multi-talented Charlie Chaplin in this performance/workshop, focusing on Chaplin's career as actor and director of silent films.  Mr. Corley remains in character throughout the program as he creates a mock movie set for students, actually taking members directly from the audience to fill the roles of actors, camera crew and assistants.

As the students enter the classroom, Chaplin paces back and forth while he admonishes the students to be quiet, as the real Charlie Chaplin would have done to his cast and crew.  Then, with Chaplin as director, a scene from a Chaplin film, Immigrant (a copy of which is available through the Houston Public Library).

Program Objectives -

  • Through this program, students will be able to experience the creative process of Chaplin's style of film making.
    *  Students will be able to comprehend the use of film as mass entertainment during the early years of the 20th century.


Mick Corley is the Director of Texas Mime Theatre and has performed mime for many Houston arts organizations, including The Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Stages Repertory Theatre and Cimarron Winds.  Featured mime roles have included the title role in Texas Chamber Orchestra's production of The Soldier's Tale, and he participated in the world premiere of Philip Glass' The Panther with Houston Opera Studio.  At the University of Houston, Mick studied mime with Claude Caux as well as acting with Cecil Pickett and Sidney Berger.  He also has training in gymnastics, fencing, juggling and stage combat.

Please call Texas Mime Theatre for workshop prices at (713) 880-9868.

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