Thomas G. Leabhart

Emeritus Professor of Theatre
With Pomona Since: 1982
  • Expertise


    Thomas Leabhart is a noted performer and teacher of mime who studied with Etienne Decroux, known as the father of modern mime. Also a scholar of mime, Leabhart edits the Mime Journal and is a widely published writer on the subject of corporeal mime, chronicling its rise and development in modern theatre. He is the author of one of the standard works on mime, Modern and Post-Modern Mime (1989). His scholarship focuses on Decroux and Decroux’s teacher, Jacques Copeau.

    Leabhart frequently performs and teaches in Europe (especially in Paris, Lyon and Aurillac in France), Asia and South America. His current performance is titled "Bonjour, Monsieur Decroux."  Leabhart was a member of the artistic Staff for more than a decade.

    Research Interests

    The work of Jacques Copeau and his student, Etienne Decroux, with whom Leabhart studied from 1968-1972 

    Areas of Expertise


    • Mime
    • Gestural Theatre
    • Movement Theatre
    • Etienne Decroux
    • Jacques Copeau
  • Work


    Etienne Decroux (2nd ed., 2019)

    "Misunderstanding Delsarte," Mime Journal, August 2005

    "Jacques Copeau, Etienne Decroux and the 'Flower of Noh,'" New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), Vol. XX, Part 4, November 2004

    "Mime," in International Encyclopedia of Dance (Oxford University Press, 1998)

    Modern and Post-Modern Mime (Macmillan Press and St. Martin's Press, 1989, second edition 1998)

    "Etienne Decroux and Actor Training," American Theatre Movement Educators News, June 1998

    A Decroux Sourcebook (with Franc Chamberlain, Routledge, 2009)

    Etienne Decroux (Routledge Performance Practitioners, 2008)

  • Education


    Ecole de Mime Etienne Decroux

    Master of Arts
    University of Arkansas

    Bachelor of Arts
    Rollins College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Corporeal Mime and Pedagogy
    • Independent Research in Theatre
    • Introduction to Acting
    • Senior Project in Performance Theatre
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    American Theatre in Higher Education (AMTE), Lifetime Achievement Award, July 2007

    Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, Fulbright, International Research and Exchanges Board, Canada Council, USIA, French Ministry of Culture,and others

    Editor, Mime Journal

    Pomona College, eight Faculty Research Grants, 1987-present

    National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Journalism Institute in Theatre, lecturer, 2005

    Annenberg-Getty-USC Arts Journalism Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, 2000-present