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Estelle BAJOU  ​Actor, Composer, Educator.

 
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917 Ogden Avenue, #6F, Bronx, NY 10452
www.estellebajou.com

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, Acting, The New School for Drama, 2008
Austin Pendleton, Ron Leibman, Christopher Shinn, Robert Walden, Arthur Storch, Elinor Renfield, et al
Three-year Merit-based Scholarship.
 
Masterclasses, Acting, New York City and Los Angeles, 2008-Present
Larry Moss, Lyle Kessler, John Rosenfeld, et al

Graduate Courses, 20th Century Literature and Political Theatre, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Creative Writing, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2002 (Earned at age nineteen.)
Karen Beaumont, Gary Mitchell, Peter Filkins, Mark Vecchio, Patricia Sharpe, et al
Magna Cum Laude, Division of the Arts Awards (2000, 2002), Merit-based Hutchins Scholarship, Honors Thesis

MAJOR AWARDS

New York Innovative Theatre Award: Outstanding Performance Art Production, 2018

Drama Desk Award Nomination: Outstanding Music in a Play, 2016 (​Winner: Philip Glass​)

UNIONS / MEMBERSHIPS

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (2018-Present)


Urban Artists Collective (2017-Present)
The Beehive Writers Collective (2016-Present)
American Federation of Musicians (2013-2014)
One Year Lease Theater Company (2012-2017)
Actors Equity Association (2010-Present)
SAG-AFTRA​ ​(2010-Present)

TEACHING / LEARNER FACILITATION / MENTORSHIP

Educational Guest Artist, Narrator, ​Peter and the Wolf ​(Composer: Sergei Prokofiev) and ​The Wild Woods
(Composer: Viet Cuong), Discovery Concert for Kids, The Winston-Salem Symphony, 2019

Teaching Artist, Acting / Music / Creative Writing et al, The Leadership Program, 2018-2019
Arts and Restorative Justice Instruction to students from “High Risk” Public Schools throughout New York City.
Teaching Artist / Writer-Director, The Witness Project, East Hills, NY, 2018-2019
Facilitate Interviews and a Devised/Documentary Theater collaboration between Holocaust Survivors and High
School students, culminating in a performance.

Private Coach, Auditioning / Acting / Music (Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Voice) / Dialects, New York City, 2016-Present

Teaching Artist, Acting / Movement / Improvisation / Devised Music for Theater, One Year Lease Theater Company,
Greece, New York City, and Harvard University, 2012-2015
Stanislavski Method, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Lecoq, Improvisation, Movement, Devised Music for Theater
Students from: ​Atlantic Acting School, Arizona State, Bard, CalArts, Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern, NYU,
Princeton, USC, Vassar, et al

Teaching Assistant, Acting / Textual Analysis, William Peace University, Spring 2005

Private Instructor, Violin / Fiddle, Murfreesboro Academy of Music, 2004

Mentor-Discussion Leader, Acting / Theater for Social Change, The North Carolina Theater, National Tour of
The Diary of Anne Frank​, 2003

THEATRE
Broadway

Once (​ 2013-2014), Understudy: Ex-Girlfriend / Reza / Violinist (Supporting, Over 120 Onstage Performances), First
National Tour, Director: John Tiffany (Tony-winner), Movement Director: Steven Hoggett (Tony-nominee), Music
Director: Martin Lowe (Tony-winner). Awards: ​Once​ won 8 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award.

Press:​ “​[Bajou] blended into the performance seamlessly...the audience gave a standing ovation.​” (Kim
Nursall, ​The Toronto Star)
 
Off-Broadway (selected)

Turned On​ (2018), Sophia (Lead), FringeNYC / HB Studio Theater, Writer: Michelle Bergamo, Director: Gerry Appel

Soot and Spit​ ​(2017), Peggy / Violinist (Supporting), The New Ohio / Our Voices Theater, Writer: Charles Mee
(Obie-winner), Director: Kim Weild (Drama Desk-nominee)

Awards: New York Innovative Theatre Award (2018): Outstanding Performance Art Production

Press/Buzz:​ New York Times​ Critics’ Pick, “​A strange and lovely thing…​With moving vehemence S ​ oot and
Spit​...conjures Castle's world and work in a beautifully designed, dreamily evocative production. Our Voices
Theater puts its money where its mouth is, casting-wise, nudging us to consider more deeply the notion of
artists who don’t fit the standard mold.​" (Laura Collins-Hughes, ​The New York Times).

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“​Beautiful and honest.​” (Rachel Kolb,​ Ludus)​

“​Powerful… Nothing short of stunning. The experience is rich and singular… Every member of the stellar cast
gives a full, vibrant performance.​” (Adrienne Sowers, ​The Reviews Hub)

“​A compassionate exploration of otherness… At once entertaining and heartbreaking.​” (Ran Xia, ​Theatre is
Easy)

“​Really moving.​” (​Tony Kushner, Pulitzer, Tony, and Emmy-winner.)

Mother Courage​ (​ 2016), Eilif / Violinist (Lead), Harold Clurman Lab Theater, Writer: Bertolt Brecht, Translator: Tony
Kushner (Pulitzer, Tony, and Emmy-winner), Director: John Gould Rubin 

Press: "​Estelle Bajou as the feral Eiliff is stunning and tear-jerking… The entire ensemble is primal.​" (Monica
Charline Brown, ​Theater Pizzazz​)
 
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally​ ​(2016, 2015), Ensemble / Composer / Musician, 59E59 / One Year Lease
Theater Company / The Pleasance - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Writer: Kevin Armento, Director: Ianthe Demos

Awards: ​ ​Drama Desk Award nomination: Outstanding Music in a Play; Best Acting (awarded to the
Ensemble): ​The Stage ​Award - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

Press:​ New York Times​ Critics’ Pick​ ​“​An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the
illusory nature of electronic connection... A live score (written and played by Estelle Bajou on mandolin)
keeps any electronic coldness at bay.​” (​Laura Collins-Hughes, ​The New York Times)

“​Underscoring the action there's a terrifically effective musical soundtrack that fuses an electric sound with
what almost sounds like gentle folk (played by composer Estelle Bajou who sits to one side of the playing
area).”​ (Andy Propst, ​American Theater Web)

“​Next to the stage sits a musician, Estelle Bajou, playing mandolin, as she provides the original musical
sequences that ​move the piece emotionally.​” (Sandi Durell, ​Theater Pizzazz)

pool (no water) ​(2015, 2012), Unnamed Artist (Lead) / Composer, PS122 / American Repertory Theater (Boston) /
Barrow Street Theater / One Year Lease Theater Company, Writer: Mark Ravenhill, Director: Ianthe Demos 

Press: ​New York Times​ Critics’ Pick​ ​“​Vividly acted... Mr. Ravenhill and the skilled cast bring us wholly inside
their skins, so that we can't help sharing their point of view.​” (Charles Isherwood, ​The New York Times)

“​Superb cast.​” (Scott Brown, ​New York Magazine)

“​Stripped-down, riveting theater. Five fine actors all but dance their parts. The degree of difficulty in the style
of the play, both in terms of Ravenhill’s writing and the performers’ agility, is engagingly high.”​ (Ed Siegel,
NPR)

"​The ensemble here is fine all around...with moments of distinction from Estelle Bajou.​" (Richard Patterson,
Exuent)
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“​[Bajou is] excellent at not only bringing a humanity and honesty to these complex characters, but also at
Natalie Lomonte's choreography.”​ (Bess Rowan, ​The Huffington Post​)

“​Graceful, emotional, and riveting.​” (Leslie Bramm,​ NYTheatre.com)

“​Remarkably compelling...deft ability...cutting and frequently disturbing.”​ (Andy Propst, ​Theatermania)​

“​Five terrific actors.​” (Tamas Vilaghy, ​NY Times' The Local East Village)

“​Remember the names of the actors — Estelle Bajou, Christopher Baker, Nick Flint, Christina Bennett Lind
and Richard Saudek. All are perfect.”​ (Michael J. Fressola, ​Staten Island Advance)

“​First-rate young actor.”​ (Charles Isherwood, ​The New York Times)

Stockholm​ ​(2014), Composer, 59E59 / OYL Theater Company, Writer: Bryony Lavery (Tony-nominee), Director:
Nick Flint

Press: “​Descends into pitch darkness by carefully measured degrees… The designers have created an
environment that credibly morphs from yuppie playpen into house of horrors.​” (Ben Brantley, ​The New York
Times)​

What We Know​ ​(2013), Composer, 59E59 / OYL Theater Company, Writer: Pamela Carter, Director: Ianthe Demos

The Seagull​ (​ 2013), Sound Designer, InterArt Theater, Writer: Anton Chekhov, Director: Elinor Renfield

God Steeling​ (​ 2013), Sioban (Lead), Theater 54, Writer: Charles Cissel, Director: Robert A. Patterson

Press/Buzz: "​A gripping mix of journalism and drama. The illusion of theater seems to fall away as you
watch these actors.​" (Joe Meyers, Entertainment Writer)

“​Undeniable sadness... A super interesting play.​” (Trish Vignola, ​Broadway World)

Skin Tight​ (​ 2012), Composer, 59E59 / OYL Theater Company, Writer: Gary Henderson, Director: Nick Flint

Press: “​Fiery and fantastical...exhilarating.​” (Eric Sundermann, ​The Village Voice)

“​Intense and alive… Sensual and passionate.​” (Catherine Rampell, ​The New York Times​)

One Thousand Blinks​ ​(2011), Jenny (Lead), 59E59, Writer: Nick Starr, Director: Malinda Sorci

Press: "​Bajou’s innocent lycanthrope...provides a colorful counterpoint grounded in authentic emotion.​"


(Ethan Kanfer, ​Show Business Weekly)

The Undeniable Sound of Right Now​ ​(2011), Lena (Lead), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater / Rising Phoenix Rep,
Writer: Laura Eason (WGA Award-nominee), Director: Kirsten Kelly (Emmy-winner)

Little Rock (​ 2011), Composer, The Lark Play Development Center, Writer/Director: Tommy Smith
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The City Beneath​ ​(2010), Young Woman (Lead), La MaMa ETC, Writer/Director: Marco Calvani

The Children’s Hour ​(2008), Karen (Lead), Theater 54, Writer: Lillian Hellman, Director: Dawn Hillen

Endgame​ ​(2008), Nell (Supporting)​, T


​ he New School for Drama, Writer: Samuel Beckett, Director: Malinda Sorci
with Austin Pendleton (Tony-nominee)

Marie Antoinette​ (​ 2008), Marie Antoinette (Lead), The New School for Drama, Writer: David Adjmi, Director:
Malinda Sorci

Buzz: “​I saw MARIE ANTOINETTE last night at school. It was the best work I've seen at the New School in
the fourteen years I've been around. Estelle Bajou’s performance was absolutely arresting. Her
moment-to-moment playing was completely truthful and unpredictable, and the actions she chose
supported the character and the play and had an irreversible quality. I felt like I was watching something
that was happening for the first time and could never be undone. Outstanding work.” (Robert LaVelle,
Actors Studio Member, former Professor of Acting at The New School for Drama)

Ixomia​ (​ 2007), Limper (Supporting), HERE Arts Center, Writer: Eric Brian Sanders, Director: Stephen Brackett

Press: "​Sparkplug performances.​" (Jon Sobel, ​Blogcritics.org​)

Regional Theater (selected)

The Dog in the Dressing Room ​(2018), Kira (Lead), The Schoolhouse Theater, Writer: Deborah Savadge, Director:
Bram Lewis

Press: “​Smashing.​” (Glenda Frank, ​New York Theatre Wire​)

Wild Horses (​ One-Woman Play, 2018), The Woman (Lead), NJ Repertory Theater, Writer: Allison Gregory,
Director: SuzAnne Barabas

Press/Buzz: “​Stunning, original. Bajou is outstanding. She is the ideal actor to star in Allison Gregory's
insightful, keenly crafted play.​" (Marina Kennedy, ​Broadway World)​

"​A tour de force performance.​" (​Gretchen Van Benthuysen,​ Two River Times)​
"​Bajou is phenomenal. She plays an entire town full of characters, sometimes enacting scenes between
three and four people. Changing Bajou to Bijou yields a gem, and Estelle Bajou is a multifaceted gem. A
tale of adolescence at once particular and universal."​ (Madeline Schulman, ​The Link News​)
"​[Wild Horses'] playwright / director/ actor team –​ all powerfully talented women – have created...a work of
such power and beauty, shining with its own inner truths. The kind of show you hope would go on to
productions in larger venues.​" (​Allen Neuner, ​Out In Jersey)​

"​Another terrific performance by Estelle Bajou at NJ Rep in Wild Horses. You should go.​"
(Neil Genzlinger [via Twitter] of ​The New York Times​)

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"​With a disarming energy...Bajou runs a storyteller’s gamut in her animated recollections of underage
drinking, underage driving, entirely un-romantic early sexual experiences, and a deep undercurrent of
sadness that courses through a family life that's both suffocatingly oppressive and coming apart at the
seams."​ (​Thomas Chesek, ​Asbury Park Press​)

The Jag (​ 2017), Carla Carr (Lead), NJ Repertory Theater / Shadowland Stages, Writer: Gino DiIorio, Director:
Brendan Burke, Also Starring: Dan Grimaldi (SAG Award-winner)

Press/Buzz: “​Estelle Bajou is giving a simply astonishing performance.”​ (Neil Genzlinger [via Twitter] of ​The
New York Times)​

"​It is Estelle Bajou who is the play's most enigmatic and delightful creation. This is the kind of character that
might derail the entire play if not properly cast. Thankfully, Bajou is absolutely perfect."​ (Michael T. Mooney,
NJ Footlights​)

"​Ms. Bajou is giving one of the most poignantly exhilarating performances I've seen this year."​
(Simon Saltzman, ​CurtainUp​)

"​Excellent acting. Estelle Bajou brings the role of Carla Carr to life. ...A must see production.​"
(Marina Kennedy, ​Broadway World​)

"​Bajou's Carla is an entity that can't help but compel the attention." (Tom Chesek, Asbury Park Press)

"There is nice chemistry between Dan [Grimaldi, The Sopranos] and Estelle Bajou, who is hilarious. At times,
Estelle reminded me of a young Goldie Hawn circa the Laugh-In era. Truly wonderful acting.​"
(Gary Wien, ​NJ Stage)

Women Rising - Stories of Hope​ (2016, 2017), Sound Designer, Speranza Theater Company, Writers: Jennie
Contuzzi, et al, Director: Michaela Kafka.

The Night Alive​ (​ 2016), Aimee (Lead) / Composer, Shadowland Stages, Writer: Conor McPherson, Director: Melisa
Annis

Press: "​A commanding, spot-on performance turned in by Estelle Bajou...exquisite nuances and dimension. A
powerfully acted tale...at times charming and funny, and conversely dark and disturbing. There are moments
that simply take your breath away… Music composed by the multi-talented Estelle Bajou is ominous and
haunting."​ (Lori Schneider, ​Aisle Seat)

Jackass Flats​ ​(2011), Ginny (Lead), Shadowland Stages, Writers: CC Loveheart, John Simon, Director: Brendan
Burke

Press: "​Estelle Bajou’s body language, facial expressions and naked sincerity [are] a delightful mix for
Ginny... There is this conversation where Kay is giving Ginny suggestions on how to perfect a particular type
of sexual activity; it’s hilarious and played to perfection... The emotion of seeing the bomb go off, watching
something so powerful, is played beautifully by Estelle Bajou. It gave me chills.​" (Sharlene Hartman, ​The
Catskill Chronicle)

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"​Estelle Bajou succeeds in creating a whimsical Ginny whose tipsy walking, unruly hair and disheveled dress
all add up to a naive woman in search of a marriage she thinks Kay has."​ (Marcus Kalipolites, ​Times-Herald
Record)

Jidl​ (2010), Jidl (Lead) / Violin / Additional Musical Arrangement, Mahaiwe Theater, Writer: Stephen Glantz

Savage in Limbo​ (2010), April (Supporting), Flying Swine Theater, Writer: John Patrick Shanley, Director: Donald
Kimmel

Graceland/Asleep on the Wind ​(2005), Rootie Mallert (Lead), Kennedy Theatre, Writer: Ellen Byron, Director: Kenny
Gannon 

Press: "​[Bajou] amuses us--before [she] breaks our heart a little bit. The last image of the work...burns in.
Worth the seeing."​ (Byron Woods, ​Independent Weekly)

"​[Bajou] nicely differentiates the older, heavily made-up Rootie, who is haunted by her brother's fate and
determined to take her grief to Elvis, and the younger, tomboyish Rootie, who absolutely worships Beau...
Truly a night to remember - and cherish.​" (Robert W. McDowell, ​CVNC)

The Miss Firecracker Contest​ ​(2005), Carnelle (Lead), Temple Theater, Writer: Beth Henley, Director: Jerry Sipp

Press: "​Quirky...nicely off-center. [Bajou] gave our would-be contestant a Cindy Lauperesque twist."​ (Byron
Woods, ​Independent Weekly)

"​Estelle [Bajou] bursts onto the stage as Carnelle Williams... A fine performance that's both funny and
touching. [Bajou] plays her role to the limit.​" (Faye M. Dasen, ​The Pilot)

National Tours
 
The Diary of Anne Frank ​(2003), Anne Frank (Lead), North Carolina Theater, Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert
Hackett, Director: Serena Ebhardt

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever​ (2003), Imogene Herdman/Narrator (Lead), North Carolina Theater, Writer:
Barbara Robinson, Director: Serena Ebhardt

READINGS / WORKSHOPS / SHORT PLAY FESTIVALS

The Actors Studio

Vauthor​ (2017), Trudy (Lead), Writer: Richard Curtis, Director: Stephan Morrow, Moderator: Chazz Palminteri
(Oscar-nominee)

Delta in the Sky with Diamonds​ (2017), Hollywood (Lead), Writer: June Daniel White, Director: Jack Serio
 
Disposophobia​ (2017, 2016), Lulu Castle (Lead), Writer: Martha Pichey, Dir. Allison Astor Vargas

Ginny​ (2017, 2016), Louise (Lead), Writer: Fred Pezzulli, Director: Benno Haenel
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Bad Daughter​ (2016), Gaby (Supporting), Writer: Julie Weinberg, Director: Norma Medina

I have participated in many, many readings and workshop performances of published, unpublished, and
in-development works, from feature-length and short films to short and full-length plays, in venues as informal as
living rooms to Off-Broadway/Regional theaters including Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New Dramatists (Director:
May Adrales), The Lark Play Development Center, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New Jersey Repertory
Company, Urban Stages, The New School for Drama, A.R.T. - Brooklyn, Governor’s Island, Theater for a New
Audience (Director: Danya Taymor), et al.

PERFORMANCE

Street / Political / Applied

Lecoq-style Clown Audience-Interactive Work, Solo (2002-2007)


Paris, France - Streets, Metro (2007)
London, England - Streets, Tube (2007)
Nashville, TN - Streets (2004)
Chapel Hill, NC - Streets, Anti-War Protests (2002, 2003)

Music, Solo / With Various Groups - Violin, Voice, Mandolin, Guitar, Percussion, et al. (2002-Present)
Edinburgh, Scotland - Streets (2016)
Papingo, Greece - Village Square (2015)
Des Moines, IA - Streets (2014)
Seattle, WA - Streets (2014)
Portland, OR - Streets (2014)
St. Louis, MO - Streets (2014)
San Francisco, CA - Streets (2014)
Los Angeles, CA - Streets (2011, 2012)
Caracas, Venezuela - Streets (2010)
Iraqi Kurdistan - Various Village Squares (2009)
Paris, France - Streets, Bridges, Metro (2007, 2009)
London, England - Streets, Bridges, Tube (2007)
New York City - Streets, Parks, Subways (2005-Present)
Costa Rica - Various Town Streets, Beaches (2003)
Durham, NC - Outdoor Shopping Center, Streets (2002, 2005)
Santa Fe, NM - Streets (2002)
Monterrey, Mexico / Mexico-Texas Border - Factory, Refugee Camp (1996)

Music Venues

More than thirty years of solo, orchestral, chamber, and group performances of classical, original, covered, and
improvised works, spanning a very wide range of genres including classical, old-time/bluegrass, folk, experimental
folk, rock, chamber/parlor rock, Slavic punk, jazz, and free music. I’ve played concerts for audiences across the
country and internationally on back porches, in living rooms, schools, universities, churches, restaurants, bars, as
well as more traditional venues like The Grand Ole Opry, and local New York City venues like The Rockwood Music
Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Barbes, et al.

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TELEVISION

Rogue Cop School​ (​ 2012), Estelle (Lead), Funny or Die, Writer: Alexis Perkins, Director: Shawn Wines

Boardwalk Empire​ (​ 2011), Hooker (Principal), HBO, Episode Director: Jeremy Podeswa (Emmy-nominee)
Awards:​ ​Boardwalk Empire​ won and was nominated for numerous awards, including several Emmy Awards.

Prohibition​ ​(2011), Violinist (All Episodes), PBS, Director: Ken Burns (Oscar-nominee, Emmy-winner)
Awards: ​Prohibition​ was nominated for several awards and won a Primetime Emmy Award.

FEATURE FILM

The Post​ (2017), Protest Singer (Dayplayer) / Violinist, Twentieth Century Fox, Director: Steven Spielberg (3-time
Oscar Winner), Starring: Meryl Streep (3-time Oscar Winner) and Tom Hanks (2-time Oscar Winner)

Fireworkers​ (​ 2017), Composer, Neboya Collective, Director: Christina Bennett Lind. Awards: Grand Jury
Prize-nominee​, ​Nashville Film Festival

Occupy, Texas (​ 2016), Original Song Placement, Neboya Collective, Director: Jeff Barry, Starring: Lorelei Linklater,
Peri Gilpin, Reed Birney. Awards:​ ​Best Debut Feature-nominee: Raindance Film Festival, Honorable Mention:
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Mad Full of Dreams​ (​ 2015), Composer, Mangu Productions, Writer/Director: Kevin Baggott

Beneath Disheveled Stars​ (​ 2014), Composer, Mangu Productions, Writer/Director: Kevin Baggott, Official Selection:
Indie Cork, Brooklyn Underground, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, et al

Press: “​A terrific original score by Estelle Bajou that transports the audience to Ireland as well as an Ireland of
the mind.”​ (Izzy Cusack, ​Free Craic)

The Quitter​ (2014), Composer (Additional Music), GoodFace Films, Writer: Bill Gullo, Director: Matthew Bonifacio

Chaplin of the Mountains​ (​ 2013), ​Nazé (Lead),​ Evini Films, Limited Theatrical Release, Official Selection: San
Sebastian International Film Festival, ​Director: Jano Rosebiani​, Filmed On Location in Iraqi Kurdistan 

Press: "​Immersed in generational pain, [Chaplin of the Mountains] embraces humor without surrendering
sensitivity."​ (Jeannette Catsoulis, ​The New York Times)

"​[Chaplin of the Mountains] upholds the hope for beauty and humanity in the face of tyranny, adversity, and
the tragic history of the land and the fragmented existence of its people."​ (Amir Sharifi and Ali Ashouri, ​Ekurd​)

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Why Do You Smell Like the Ocean?​ (​ 2013), Composer / Crack Addict (Principal), Mangu Productions, Director:
Kevin Baggott. Awards: ​Perspectives Award​: Winter Film Awards, Honorable Mention: Int’l Ind. Film Awards

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding​ (​ 2011), Waitress (Featured), BCDF Pictures, Director: Bruce Beresford
(Oscar-nominee), Starring: Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jane Fonda

subHysteria​ (​ 2010), Cam (Lead) / Violinist / Writer (Additional Material), EO7 Films, Theatrical Release: South
America, Limited U.S. Theatrical Release, Director: Leonard Zelig, Fully Improvised Film 

Press:​ “​The acting merits recognition, especially for having been improvised, particularly performances by
Estelle Bajou, Ginger Kroll and Osvaldo Benavides. The merit of [Leonard] Zelig and his team lies in having
had the courage to undertake such a risky endeavor as this.​” (Carolina Figueras, ​1001 FPS)​
“​Unbridled hysteria. A look at each one of [the characters developed by the actors] and their reactions may
confront us with ourselves, with our fears, and how we address them... a difficult film for those accustomed to
Hollywood movies.​” (Nestor Briceno, ​Cine Venezolano​)

“​An interesting movie, dangerous and worthy of being remembered. Let us celebrate...the acting, and what's
more, that it was improvised…”​ (​Caquepolis)​

“​Economical, improvised, and brilliant.”​ (Paula Ortiz Vidal, ​Ultima Noticias)​

SHORT FILM (selected)

Hurricane Bernardy​ (2018), Composer, Neboya Collective, Writers/Directors: Gene Gallerano, William Pisciotta

Reptacular (​ 2018), Composer, Neboya Collective, Writers/Directors: Gene Gallerano, William Pisciotta

Sketch Clam​ ​(2017), Announcer (Lead), Upright Citizens Brigade / Lady Parts Justice, Director: ​Lola Rocknrolla

The Interview (​ 2016), Composer, Lazy Baobab Productions, Director: Sara Gozalo

Starring Austin Pendleton​ ​(2016), Composer (Additional Music), 4 Hawk Productions, Directors: Gene Gallerano,
David H. Holmes. Awards:​ ​Best Short Documentary: Anchorage International Film Festival, Jury Award-nominee:
Tribeca Film Festival

Plan B​ (​ 2015), Composer, Lazy Baobab Productions, Director: Sara Gozalo

Family on Board​ (​ 2014), Legal Assistant to the Defense (Principal), 5 Red Pictures, Writer/Director: George
Pogatsia, Starring: Eric Roberts, Tony Sirico, Matthew Cowles

Taking Your Bra Off in 49 Days​ ​(2013), Moira (Lead) / Composer, Neboya Collective, Writer/Director: Christina
Bennett Lind

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Broke (​ 2013), Jennifer (Supporting), Form+Void, Official Selection: Picture Start Film Festival, Chain NYC Film
Festival, Little Rock Film Festival, Director: Benham Jones

Matches​ (​ 2013), Homeless Woman (Lead), Camarasa Films, Writer/Directors: Pau Camarasa, Alex Lora

Daydream of the Sleepwalker​ ​(2013), Woman (Lead), Zoige Productions, Writer/Director: Yevgeni Vaskevich
Award: Best Short, New York Polish Film Festival

Life as a Snapshot (​ 2012), Woman (Lead), Zoige Productions, Writer/Director: Yevgeni Vaskevich

The Louder the Better​ (​ 2012), Mandy (Lead), Columbia MFA Thesis, Writer/Director: Michael Toscano

Focus​ ​(2012), Sophie (Lead), The Man Who Came Home Films, Writer/Director: Sean Lynch Also Starring:
Christopher James Baker

Henry Buys a Hat (​ 2012), Stacy (Lead) / Composer / Script Consultant / Producer, Zoige Productions, Director:
Malinda Sorci. Award: Gold Remi Award, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

Lullaby for Ray (​ 2011), Christina (Lead) / Co-Composer, Cuckoo’s Nest Films, Official Selection: HBO Latino Film
Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Atlantic Film Festival, Writer/Director: Marina Shron 
Awards: Best Short Film: Toronto Independent Film Festival, ​Best Short Film: Los Angeles ITN Film Festival,
Award of Merit: Accolade Competition, Best Original Score: Maverick Movie Awards

Sarina’s Song​ ​(2011), Violinist (Principal) / Co-Composer, Starr Films, Writer/Director: Angelique Letizia, Starring:
Michael O’Keefe, Margot Kidder, Michael Buscemi. Awards:​ ​Best Music in a Short Film, Park City Film Festival

PUBLICATION

“Mumbet,” Musical Piece. Published in ​About Place Journal,​ “Roots and Resistance” Issue, Fall, 2018.
Aboutplacejournal.org

WRITING (selected)

“Barn Without a Bridge,” Poem. Selected for Reading at West End Festival of the Arts, Long Branch, NJ, 2018.

Strange and Beautiful Birds ​(Work in Progress),​ T


​ V Pilot. ​Fiscal Sponsor: The New York Foundation for the Arts.

Untitled Collection​ ​(Work in Progress)​, Poetry.

The Rat and/or Belonging​ (2016), Creative Non-Fiction.

Making a Film in Iraqi Kurdistan​ (2014), Op-Ed.

Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil (​ 2008), Critical Inquiry Project / Annotated Bibliography, The New
School for Drama. Advisor: Jane Ann Crumb

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Carlota: a Historically-Based Screenplay​ (2002), Undergraduate Thesis, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Awarded
Honors. Committee: Edgar Chamorro and Gary Mitchell (co-chairs)

PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES

Trained in, work with, and have lead others in exploring: Stanislavski, Lecoq, Linklater, Alexander, Laban, Boal,
Viewpoints, Suzuki, Grotowski, Commedia Dell’arte, Improvisation, Devised and Applied and Street Performance,
Devised Music for Theater, et al.

LANGUAGES

English: native proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing.

French: fluent in speaking and reading; good in writing.

Spanish: conversational speaking, can read with dictionary.

Russian, Kurdish: beginner.

DIALECTS OF ENGLISH

Great facility for many dialects including American (Classical, Southern, New York, Boston, Midwestern, et al.), Irish
(Northern and Southern), British (RP, Cockney, Northern), Scottish, Russian, French, et al.
 
INSTRUMENTS

Violin/Fiddle: expert, 30+ years.

Mandolin: advanced, 10+ years.

Guitar, Cuatro: good, 3+ years.

Piano, Drums, Bouzouki: beginner.

SOLO RECORDINGS

Songs With Words​ (​ 2015), Composer / Lyricist / Performer / Producer, Full-Length Album. iTunes, Spotify,
BandCamp, et al. 
 
Songs for the Stage and Screen ​(2012-Present), Composer / Performer / Producer, Library of Instrumental Pieces
for Use in Theatre, Dance, and Film. Bandcamp.

GUEST RECORDINGS

Kotorino, ​Sea Monster​ (2017), Violin / Vocals / Additional Arrangements, Full-Length Album. iTunes, Spotify,
BandCamp, et al.

Michelle Wake, ​To Disappear​ (2017), “A Soiree,” Violin / Add’l Arrangements. iTunes, Spotify, BandCamp, et al.
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The Heavy Howl, ​New Mistake - The Remix​ (2016), “The Mask,” Violin / Backing Vocals / Additional Arrangements.
iTunes, Spotify, BandCamp, et al.

Dominic Bennett, ​Early Versions of New Tracks (​ 2016), “Newblood,” Violin / Additional Arrangements. iTunes,
Spotify, BandCamp, et al.

The Drinkers Themselves, ​Hell on High​ (2015), Violin / Backing Vocals / Additional Arrangements, Full-Length
Album. iTunes, Spotify, BandCamp, et al.

Kotorino, ​Better Than This​ (2013), Violin / Vocals / Additional Arrangements, Full-Length Album. iTunes, Spotify,
BandCamp, et al.

Clangendum Clash, ​Play by Numbers​ (2012), Violin / Additional Arrangements, EP. U-Dot Music, iTunes, Spotify,
BandCamp, et al.

VISUAL ART EXHIBITIONS

“Kurdish Girl,” Acrylic on Wood, 24” x 24”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Spring Show, 2018

“Moondog,” Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Spring Show, 2018

TECHNOLOGY / OTHER PURSUITS

Final Cut Pro, Logic, Google Docs/Microsoft Office, Mailchimp, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Squarespace, Canvas
Learning Management System, et al.

Carpentry, Furniture Making, Dance, Scuba Diving (PADI), Sailing (Basic Certification), Photography, Filmmaking,
Drawing, Painting, et al.

PRODUCTION / CREATIVE CONSULTING / ADMINISTRATIVE (selections)

www.emjnelson.com, Web Designer, New York City, 2018.

www.dcsavadge.com, Web Designer, New York City, 2018.

www.crittersincrisis.org, Web Designer / Marketing / Outreach Coordinator, New York City, 2017.
Designed and wrote copy for website and marketing materials, researched potential partnering non-profits
and coordinated/executed outreach to those groups for a non-profit working in endangered species rescue.

www.julieweinbergplaywright.com, Web Designer, New York City, 2017.

www.the9thfloor.org, Web Designer / Photo Shoot Producer, New York City, 2017.

Stephen Glantz (Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter), Creative Consultant - ​Mischa​, ​Mumbet​, et al. 2013-Present.

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Airbnb, Host, New York City, 2010-2016.
Coordinated the marketing and rental of rooms to hundreds of travelers from more than a dozen countries
over the course of six years. Organized/executed maintenance and cleaning of spaces. Acted as
Concierge, Administrator, and Arts/Culture Advisor to Guests.

Henry Buys a Hat​ (2012), Script Consultant / Producer / Marketing / Event Coordinator, New York City, 2011-2012.
Script Consultant from conception to completion, created/executed successful crowdfunding campaign,
hired/coordinated cast and crew, helped coordinate shooting schedule and day-to-day operations, assisted
with marketing and festival submissions, organized and coordinated screening event.

The Culture Project, Intern / Assistant to Director, New York City, 2007-2008.
Administrative duties for Marketing/Producing productions, research, audience outreach, event
coordination at venues including the United Nations for a Socio-Political Off-Broadway Theater.​ Assistant to
Director of ​Betrayed ​(​winner of the 2008 Lortel Award for Best Play)​, b​ y veteran journalist/playwright
George Packer, directed by Pippin Parker.

LAByrinth Theater Company, Intern, New York City, 2005-2006.


Assisted with set building and production for ​Massacre (Sing to Your Children)​ by Jose Rivera at The
Public Theater. Helped set up and run two fundraising events, the first hosted by Philip Seymour Hoffman,
the second by John Patrick Shanley.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Admissions Assistant / Development Assistant, Great Barrington, MA, 1998-2002.
Admissions database maintenance, reception, execution of mass mailings and person-to-person outreach
to prospective students and donors. Represented the student body for prospective students, families, and
employees while giving tours of campus.

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