About

BKBX activates the imagination of our audiences, contemporizes the art of mime, and reminds us all of the power of simple storytelling.

BKBX (Broken Box Mime Theater) is a contemporary physical theater company that tells original stories beyond language barrier.  Set to rich lighting and a heart-thumping soundtrack, our narratives range from realistic to metaphorical, heart-wrenching to hilarious, and cinematic to intimate, held together by a dedication to the empowered imagination and the collective artistic voice of our diverse company.

Based in NYC and founded in 2011, BKBX is reimagining the medium for contemporary audiences, redefining mime through the lens of US-American theater.

BKBX has received New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Performance Art, and Outstanding Choreography/Movement, and the Golden Lanyard award for highest-grossing show of our venue of the Minnesota Fringe.

Past collaborations include Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Alliance Francaise, New York Deaf Theater, Viceland, The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert, MTV, Manhattan Mini Storage, First Responders Children’s Foundation, ASTEP, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Saratoga Arts,  Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Bennington Center for the Arts, University of Cambridge, BMCC, CUNY, The New School, Tufts University, Bowdoin College, Actors Gymnasium, Indy Fringe, Minnesota Fringe, Frieze Art Fair, MAC, People’s Improv Theater, BRIC, the Korean Ministry of Food and Agriculture, The Gathering Place (Tulsa), PACE University Department of Psychology.

Artists: BKBX’s 14 company members are all professional actors; they are diverse in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, training, background, mental health identity, and writing style. We have graduates of Lecoq training, the Northwestern mime troupe, Meisner, and Georgian-style Synetic Theater Company in D.C. Our members are practitioners of clown, parody, musical theater, and spoken-word poetry; they come from Jamaica, Switzerland, Australia, New York City, and hometowns across the U.S.  We work with a resident stage manager, lighting designer, graphic designer, photographer, and filmmaker. 

BKBX is supported by the White Pines Residency, Drop Forge & Tool, Holes in the Wall Collective, Bennington Center for the Arts, CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at City College, A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grants, the Nancy Quinn Foundation Grant, the Cultural Development Fund, and NYSCA.

The company responds: “Why mime?”

Praise for BKBX

“Theater at its finest.”

– Meagan Meehan, axs.com

“A dazzling, diverse company.”

– Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.net

“A feast of physical storytelling.”

– Ran Xia, Theater Is Easy

“Mime reminds us that human truth exists and more, that it’s communicable. That in itself is cause for joy.”

– Victoria Ordin, Broadway World

“Their enthusiasm for and facility with the oft-maligned art of mime is positively infectious.”

– Nicole Gluckstern, Stage-Rush.com