Chautauqua Cinema presents Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy on Virtual Cinema. When you buy a ticket, 50% of the proceeds go straight back to the Cinema to support them during this difficult time.
What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Patti LuPone and Alex Sharp have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary actors who have studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school.
Born in Jerusalem, Moni was a principal performer with Marcel Marceau's mime company before becoming a director and teacher. Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy explores his extraordinary life and takes us inside the drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight. Insightful interviews with luminaries including Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Kline provide the context to this inspiring portrait of the master teacher - the sole remaining founder of Julliard’s legendary Drama Division.
"A must-see for anyone interested in acting and the theater." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"One of the more insightful films about acting in some time, an observational tribute to acting teacher Moni Yakim. It's almost like auditing a class." - Kent Turner, Film-Forward
"A love letter to a teacher who shaped the futures of so many wonderful actors, and who is an incredible performer in his own right." - Lorry Kikta, Film Threat
76 minutes; optional English subtitles