USD artists in residence complete Costa Rica tour

USD artists in residence complete Costa Rica tour Two artists in residence at The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre recently returned from a nine-day performance and workshop tour to Costa Rica.

Brian Begley and Mary Inman of Vermillion, along with their daughter, Ariel, presented the art of mime to several communities in the Central American country. Known as the Discovery Mime Theatre, the performance troupe was hosted by the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano (CCCN), located in San Pedro.

The tour began with a national television performance for a live morning talk show program, followed by workshops for a senior citizen drama club and Marian Baker School drama students. The tour also appeared on a weekly cultural events news program. Live performances included programs presented to college students in La Sabana and San Pedro as well as for the National Children's Hospital in San Jose and for a retirement home in the village of Alajuela.

Special performances were given for deaf and disabled children in San Jose as well as for approximately 200 orphaned children from Hagarcitos de Costa Rica.

Discovery Mime Theatre is an official outreach program of USD and the husband and wife duo have performed and traveled for 18 years. They have received awards from the American College Theatre Festival and national Public Broadcasting Service.

In 1984, Begley and Inman were two of 60 chosen to study under world famous mime Marcel Marceau. They are both USD alumni and have been artists in residence at USD since 1986.

The duo's 11-year-old daughter, Ariel, tours with her parents for special seasonal performances. She played the Littlest Angel at age two and at age three had her film debut in My Parents the Mimes. Her most recent film role included an appearance in a New York Film Institute movie, entitled, Baby!

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