Red Skelton Camp attendees will perform with international mime artist

June 29, 2017 / Red Skelton Camp attendees will perform with international mime artist

VINCENNES, Ind. - Internationally famous mime artist JJ Jones will perform at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, June 30, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 West Red Skelton Boulevard. The Red is located on the campus of Vincennes University.

Jones has spent the past two days instructing children as part of the Red Skelton Camp, and some of his students will be included in the performance.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students. Details are available at or call 812-888-4184.


Deaf since birth, James "JJ" Jones was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and can partially hear with his hearing aid. He first discovered pantomime at an early age by watching the Red Skelton Show, which was not telecaptioned at that time. JJ first performed mime in school around the age of 10.

JJ learned more mime just before he graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. While there, he attended many mime workshops and improved his mime skills by observing the famous mime artist, Marcel Marceau. JJ fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by personally meeting his role models, Red Skelton and Marcel Marceau.

JJ performs mime programs ranging from street mime to multimedia presentations. He also gives mime workshops for schools and colleges. He has performed all over the US at schools, state fairs, Deaf events such as Deaf Expos, Deaf Celebration, Deaf Awareness Day, and Deaf Way II (the International Deaf Conference in Washington D.C. in 2002). JJ has also begun to perform internationally, having recently performed at the first annual World of Mime in Paris, France honoring Marcel Marceau, and at the World Deaf Day in Bordeaux, France. 

JJ has been a mime instructor at Maple Woods Community College for the Interpreter Training Program in North Kansas City, Missouri for over 15 years. He loves to teach mime to children and student interpreters.


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