Mina Yakim, born in Israel, came to the U.S.A. after having been a principal performer with the Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau mime companies in Paris, where she met her husband and artistic partner, Moni Yakim. Coming together to New York, they continued to perform as a duo. They founded the New York Performance Theatre and Training Center where they both taught classes in mime, masks, and physical acting.
Along with Moni, Mina was deeply committed to the Performance Theatre Center while she also maintained a schedule of outside independent activities. She continues to teach acting through the use of masks at the Julliard Drama Division and at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. She has also served on the faculties of the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the Julliard Opera Center.
At Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, she collaborated with Artistic Director Theodore Mann on The Night of the Iguana, which they subsequently took to the Maly Theatre in Moscow. She directed a number of productions for the Circle in the Square Professional Workshop including: Between the Lines, an evening based on the works of Ogden Nash; Dylan Thomas' Under Milkwood; Becoming Memories by Arthur Giroux; Tomorrow was War by Boris Vasiliv; also conceived The Rose, a musical based on the songs of Amanda McBroom. Also at Circle, she worked with director Boris Morozov on the Broadway production of Zoya's Apartment, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Mina conceived and directed The Power at the Village Gate Theatre. She also developed the musical Custody with Sandra Hochman and then directed the workshop performance at the Westbeth Theatre. She directed a new musical based on the romantic figure of Rubirosa. Together with her husband, Mina conceived and wrote Let us Fly, a new musical, based on the life and songs of Vladimir Vysotsky which they mounted at the King's Head Theatre in London.
Mina Yakim is in the process of completing her new book, "Masks and Acting".