Our History

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) was formed in the spring of 2011 by a small group of Tufts University’s HYPE! Mime Troupe alumni. Under the Artistic Direction of Becky Baumwoll, the guidance of a production team led by Brian Smith, and an ensemble of performers who were interested in a deeply collaborative creative process, BKBX first performed at SoHo Rep’s Walkerspace in June of 2011. That show was expanded for the Fringe two months later, and since then BKBX has performed mainstage shows at least once a year.

Since its inception in 2011, BKBX has gathered significant credentials: acclaimed showings at A.R.T./NY TheatresWalkerspace, HERE Arts, FringeNYCThe Kraine, Dixon Place, the June Havoc Theater, Wild Project, and The Tank, as well as appearances at The PIT, TADA! Theater, and Amios’ SHOTZ! series, and several short films. BKBX operates a widely popular series of workshops for both students and professionals in the art of Silent Storytelling, including higher education workshops at Baruch College, BMCC, CCNY and Tufts University, a residency as Volunteer Artist with the 52nd Street Project Teen Ensemble, and several BKBXKids! children’s performances, including involvement with the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

BKBX‘s production, “At First Sight (and Other Stories)” was awarded the 2014 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Ensemble. The next season’s “Topography“, which debuted at The Wild Project, was nominated for three 2015 NY IT Awards, including Outstanding Ensemble, Choreography & Movement, and Performance Art Piece. And in 2016, BKBX took those two trophies for “Above / Below“, presented at HERE’s Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In 2019, “Quiet Riot” won the Golden Lanyard for highest-grossing show at BKBX‘s Minnesota Fringe venue. BKBX was chosen from 60+ candidates as one of five companies to inaugurate Theatre Row’s Kitchen Sink Residency, 2019 – 2021.