Becky Baumwoll

Company Member - Becky Baumwoll (Photo by Bjorn Bolinder)

Becky is an actor and artist originally from Newton, MA. She graduated Tufts University magna cum laude with a degree in International Relations and a Studio Art Minor. She then went on to train at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC Program, and currently with Scott Freeman at his Studio. Off-Broadway she was worked on TACT's THREE MEN ON A HORSE and The Pearl's FIGARO, and most recently was seen in Ozet's KATORGA and People's Light & Theatre's PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Becky teaches mime and theater arts throughout NYC and Boston.

Why Mime?

Everything I love about theater - the live connection in the room, the complex art of storytelling celebrated, the tradition of learning from one another - is enhanced in mime.  When one of our tools is the audience's imagination, all of our work becomes more intimate, because each story is completed by the individual imagination of each person in the audience.  This is an incredible tool, and you feel it at our shows.  In terms of process, the company's collaborative nature makes for a fantastic home-base for my art, but the fact that we work in mime makes that collaboration more than just a chosen process: it's a necessity to collaborate when our art form depends on the wise editing of outside eyes.

When did you first encounter/learn about mime?

At Tufts University. I saw the HYPE! Mime Troupe show in my freshman year and my friend Brendan Shea encouraged me to audition. I loved the mimes' faces during the sign-holds when they held up title cards. I joined the company and stayed in it through senior year. 

How did you find Broken Box Mime Theater?

When I moved to NYC I had already been considering starting a mime company to continue HYPE!'s work. I got together with Brian Smith who was interested in producing, and the two of us gathered the troops! The first meeting included myself, Brian, Molly O'Neill, Will Shaw, and Armen Nercessian.   

 If you had a solo mime piece about your life, what would it be called and why?

Jello. And it'd be about a guy who runs out of Jello, walks through a fridge, and finds a life-size Jello woman. Oh wait - we already wrote that one!? Okay. I'd say it'd be called Moments and What's In Between. Cheesy. But that's what life's about, no?

What is your favorite thing about mime?

The mix of humor and depth.

What is your favorite food?

Rice. Boring, yes. But with butter and salt, too good.

What’s your most played song?

Right now I'd say The Point of it All by Anthony Hamilton.

What's your favorite quote?

I'm a mime! Favorite gesture: pointer finger in a circle. Uses: turn around, rewind, start this thing again, you crazy.

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

Sunset! In French it's crepuscule. That's just the craziest word. 

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

Walking or bike. 

What sound do you love?

Voice of my Bubby on a voicemail. 

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

My great-grandmother

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

The speaking grandma tree from Pocahontas 

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Pretty happy with current mentors. Wild card would be John Singer Sargent when I'm painting or Kate Winslet when I'm acting. 

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Any sort of large-scale forgiveness. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Teleport duh.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

BKBX. Or maybe Ann in a killer production of All My Sons. But BKBX though.   

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Writing emails probably, or watching some good TV. 

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Snails, Chocolate, and People: The Becky Baumwoll Story

What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Patrick Stewart 

What story does your family always tell about you?

When we drove to the Grand Canyon I was stuck in the middle of the backseat between my sisters and pretended I was directing a dance class. I would talk to the kids in the class, make them stop and redo the choreography. "Sunshine arms, Billy! Spread those fingers! And please find Janette by the end of the first 8-count." By the time we got out after a couple hours of driving I had a full routine memorized. I was 10. And awesome.


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