ESTELLE BAJOU is a French-American Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and composer raised in the mountains of North Carolina. At age nineteen she earned a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon's Rock. She then earned an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. She's an enthusiastic member of the Brooklyn based band Kotorino, and an Acting Ensemble Member/Resident Composer with One Year Lease Theater Company. Her debut album, songs with words, was released in 2015. Based in New York, she's loved traveling across North, Central, and South America, Europe, and the Middle East, including Iraq in 2009, for projects.
BROADWAY: ONCE (Actor/Violinist, First National Tour). TV: Boardwalk Empire (Actor, HBO); Ken Burns' Prohibition (Musician, PBS). FEATURE FILM: Fireworkers (Composer); Chaplin of the Mountains (Actor, Set/Filmed in Iraq); subHysteria (Actor/Musician, Improvised Film); Occupy, Texas (Song Placement); Beneath Disheveled Stars (Composer); The Quitter (Song Placement). SHORT FILM: Starring Austin Pendleton (Additional Music); Broke (Actor); Lullaby for Ray (Actor/Co-Composer, Best Short: Toronto Independent Film Fest); Henry Buys a Hat (Actor/Composer, Gold Remi Award: WorldFest Houston Film Fest). OFF-BROADWAY: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Composer/Ensemble, One Year Lease/59E59/Edinburgh Fringe, Drama Desk Nominee: Outstanding Music in a Play); Kushner's Mother Courage (Actor: Eilif/Live Musician, Dir. John Gould Rubin, Harold Clurman Lab); pool (no water) (Actor/Composer, One Year Lease/PS122/A.R.T.-Boston/Barrow Street Theater); Laura Eason's The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Actor, Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep.); David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette (Actor: Marie Antoinette, The New School for Drama); The City Beneath (Actor, LaMaMa ETC); Ixomia (Actor, HERE Arts); Bryony Lavery's Stockholm, Skin Tight, What We Know (Composer, One Year Lease); Tommy Smith's Little Rock (Composer, The Lark PDC - workshop); In the Blue (Live Musician, New Dramatists - workshop, Dir. May Adrales); Romeo and Juliet (Composer/Live Musician, Theater for a New Audience - workshop, Dir. Danya Taymor).
What she longs for as she approaches each new artistic opportunity is to continue—or begin, is it?—her development and practical education by working on material that feels perilous, unachievable, purposeful, and pleasurable, with inspired collaborators who dazzle her with work beyond her current capacity.