Reid Gilbert mime artist

In a black and white photo mime artist Reid Gilbert is looking at himself in a mirror applying makeup

I thought I knew my Madison-area history, but until last week I’d never heard of Dr. E. Reid Gilbert, who half a century ago started a school outside of Spring Green to teach mime — a silent art of movement and gesture — and made it, briefly, the epicenter of mime instruction in the United States.

“The school has taken on international prominence in the last two years,” wrote Don Davies in the Wisconsin State Journal in 1977. “Spring Green and the Valley Studio have become not only the hub of comprehensive mime education, but its international publications as well.”