Rob Mermin

is creating Mime & Circus therapy for people with Parkinson's




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My story (in a nutshell)

     When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2014, I felt the curious irony of being a mime with a movement disorder! Neurologists agree that my training in mime and background in circus may have helped slow the progression of the disease; my symptoms are minimal.
     For the past two years I have taught weekly Mime & Circus classes to people with Parkinson’s. I also have been giving mime workshops to PD support groups, Parkinson’s conventions, and neuroscience departments at universities in various parts of the country. And I found that I do indeed have some new methods of coping with PD.
There is a lot more info (and video) on my website:

What’s next?
Parkinson’s projects I’d like to work on over the next couple years:
a) develop the PD Mime class content.
b) teach the PD “Mimefulness” methods to physical therapists to complement their exercises specific to movement disorders.
c) film a series of short videos demonstrating mime technique adapted for use by folks with PD.
d) train other mimes to use their talents to help folks with movement disorders.
e) create a theatrical script ("Mime Over Matter") on the physical, emotional, and humorous aspects of having PD: a play which can be performed by PD support groups anywhere.

Passing the Hat
     I’m dusting off the old hat and figuratively passing it around to you, my audience, through the internet. (I left the circus business and Circus Smirkus a decade ago: no income or pension from that source.)  My goal is to continue my work, which is to offer a bit of wonder and warmth and magic and smiles for others in the hard times of life.

What you get
  • Knowledge that you are connected to novel creative projects with social relevance and value for improving the quality of life for the PD community.
  • Updates on my programs, and samples (writings and video clips) of the work-in-progress.
  • Hopefulness, always, that this work contributes something meaningful to the imaginations and creativity of others.                                                                                                          
Want to contact me directly?
     Like friends who come to watch the busker on the street and give support simply by their presence, I’d love to hear from you anytime. Send me a message on my Patreon page, or email: [email protected]
Thanks, and stay in touch.

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