Tony Montanaro (1927-2002) was one of the great mime artists of the 20th Century. Theatre & Inspiration celebrates his life and contributions to the world of theatre and the joy he brought to audiences across America and Europe. In the film, rare archival footage of Montanaro is interwoven with interviews and performances. Featured in these scenes are Montanaro's wife and performing partner, Karen Montanaro, and legendary mime Marcel Marceau.
In 1956 Montanaro traveled to Paris to study with Marceau and Marceau's teacher, Etienne Decroux. After performing and teaching around the world, Montanaro journeyed to another Paris--South Paris, Maine. There, in 1972, he established the Celebration Barn Theater, a mecca for performers who came from around the world to study with this man who was redefining mime and theater.
From Celebration Barn, generations of mimes, physical comedians, storytellers, and actors, guided by Montanaro's genius, have gone on to careers in television, film and theater. Puppeteers with "Sesame St." and "The Muppet Show", writers for "Between the Lions", the host of "Hollywood Squares", and performers in Cirque du Soleil, are just a few of the Celebration alumni seen in the film.
In 2004, thirty eight performers, all past students, came together for a series of tribute concerts in a dynamic and fun filled homage to their teacher. Theatre & Inspiration shows this master's ability to reach beyond the footlights and into the hearts of the audience. This is the legacy of Tony Montanaro.