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Moni Yakim began his theatrical career in his native Jerusalem. Joining the Massach Theatre at age fourteen, he appeared, over a span of seven years, in numerous productions such as Shaw’s Arms & The Man, Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Moliere’s Scapin and in Israeli plays premiered by the company. He also formed his own “Reim” quartet for which he wrote playlets, skits & songs, touring all over Israel. After his military service, he made his way to Paris where he studied the French classics with the famed director/actor/teacher George Wilson at the Theatre Nationale Populaire and with Etienne Decroux, creator of modern Mime. He became a principal in Decroux’s company, performing such Mime classics as The Trees, The Factory and Lance Thrusts. Later, while working with Marcel Marceau, he met his wife and artistic partner Mina, who was studying at Marceau’s school. He also joined Theatre Franco Allemand, touring France and Germany with Buchner’s Woyzeck and Leonce and Lena and Plautus’ Pot of Gold. For the Cité Universitaire he directed plays by Guelderode and Lorca. It was there that he was noticed by the legendary Stella Adler, who urged him to study with her. She arranged for him to come to New York as her student and to teach physical acting at her conservatory. In the U.S., Moni Yakim established himself as a unique director and as a Master teacher who became a founding member of the Juilliard Drama Division.
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