Meet Richmond Shepard: a Brooklynite, Entertainer and the World's Oldest Mime

In this fantastic mini-documentary from the New Yorker, meet a life-long silent performer named Richmond Shepard, a Brooklyn-native artist and currently, the world's oldest mime.

"At eighty-seven years old, I am the world’s oldest mime,” Richmond Shepard says. A New York native, Shepard studied under the mime legend Etienne Decroux and alongside Marcel Marceau in Paris in the nineteen-fifties. He went on to be featured in countless national commercials, and made appearances on daytime talk shows and television programs such as “T​he Jeffersons” ​and “Kojak.” ​Nowadays, Shepard says, a mime is often considered just “a pest on the street, making a wall and asking for money.” But this short film by Riley Hooper and Noah Wagner, which follows Shepard through the New York City subway and streets, explores the fleeting connections and subtle interactions that the art of miming can inspire. “A lot of communication can happen in silence,” Shepard says. “But you have to listen.”

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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