If we reconsider the aims of the student of mime we shall be struck at once by the difficulties presented to the teacher. In setting out to teach mime we undertake the mental and physical developement of a number of people at different ages, of different professions, to whom our subject may appeal for a variety of reasons. We are not pledging ourselves to teach a certain number of physical exercises, but to foster expressiveness, to create dramatic force, controlled to a detailed physical technique.
The whole psychology of teaching will be brought into play, for we have a delicate task in hand, and one that is fraught with danger. Individual expressiveness must be achieved in class-work, where no two individuals are alike. The same basis must be employed to build the training of a child and an adult, and the method of its application must be exactly reversed.
We should grasp our subject completely by long and careful study, spread over a number of years of personal work and experience. Mime is not a subject which can be approached lightly nor mastered in one, two or even three years of study. And only when we have completed our own training can we begin to consider the multiple methods of teaching the subject to others.
Irene Mawer, The Art of Mime, London, 1932, p.210