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Estelle Bajou is a NY Innovative Theatre Award-winning Actor and a Drama Desk Award-nominated Composer. A bilingual French-American, she was raised in a furniture factory town in the North Carolina mountains, and is now based in The Bronx. Broadway: Once. TV: “Boardwalk Empire”; Ken Burns’ “Prohibition”. Feature Film: Spielberg’s The Post; Chaplin of the Mountains; subHysteria; Fireworkers; Beneath Disheveled Stars. Short Film: Starring Austin Pendleton; Lullaby for Ray (Won: Best Short, TIFF); Henry Buys a Hat. Theatre: PS122, Edinburgh Fringe, LaMaMa, 59E59, NJ Rep, FringeNYC, Under St. Marks, Shadowland, A.R.T. Oberon, Barrow Street, three National Tours. BA (Earned age 19) in Theatre + Creative Writing: Bard College at Simon’s Rock. MFA in Acting: The New School.
She began acting, writing stories, and playing the violin at age four. At age nineteen she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon's Rock, where she received two Division of the Arts Awards, the merit-based Hutchins Scholarship, and Honors on her thesis, a historically-based screenplay set in 19th century Mexico. She then made the big move to New York City and earned an MFA in Acting from The New School where she received a merit-based scholarship all three years.
As an actor, she's worked across the U.S. and internationally, from Spielberg's The Post (2017) to Broadway's Once to HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2010), Greece to Venezuela to Iraq, the Edinburgh Fringe to Off-Broadway to the Actors Studio in New York. She's been part of film, television, and theater productions that have gone on to award nominations and wins, as well as critical acclaim. She relishes the visceral immediacy of theater, but has come to prize, equally, the intimacy and scope of film, and the depth and richness of long-form television. She's a proud union member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
As a musician, she's played and sung with numerous bands, from Slavic punk to acoustic folk, on streets and stages across four continents. In 2012, she began making music for Film ( Occupy, Texas (2016) , Starring Austin Pendleton (2016) ) as well as TV (Ken Burns' Prohibition (2011) ), and scoring Feature Films ( Fireworkers (2017) , Beneath Disheveled Stars (2014) ) and Theater productions. In 2015 she put out her first record, SONGS WITH WORDS. In 2016, she was a Drama Desk-nominee for Outstanding Music in a Play (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) alongside such notable composers as Pulitzer and Tony winner Tom Kitt, and Oscar nominee Philip Glass.
At fifteen, in her first year of college, she started writing plays, screenplays, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. Today she's a member of The Bees, a writers group in New York City created to empower the voices and stories of women.
Having traveled across North, Central, and South America, Europe, and the Middle East for projects, she now lives in The Bronx in New York City.
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.