Bronwyn Sims is a creator, actor, choreographer, and educator. She has appeared in film and on television including a role in the Emmy award winning first season of The Sopranos. Her NYC stage credits include; New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, National Black Theatre of Harlem, BAAD ( Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) Dixon Place, The Kitchen, La Mama.
Regional stage credits include: Philadelphia Zoo, Opera Philadelphia, American Repertory Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, GF&Co, Great River Theater Festival, Main Street Arts, Speakeasy Stage Company, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival,
The Celebration Barn, Apron Theater Company, Raven Theatrical and a European tour with Sandglass Theatre.
Bronwyn is currently creating choreography work with Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls VT and Co Directing 15 Minute Hamlet with Leland and Gray High School in Townshend VT this Winter. She will be directing The Sound of Music at The Putney Grammar School in Putney VT this Spring. She is a teaching artist with the Weston Playhouse in Weston VT.
Bronwyn was on the faculty at The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Philadelphia Pa teaching acrobatics and movement. She was a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and was on the faculty at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She also was a Lecturer in Stage Management at Yale School of Drama and has conducted guest master classes, throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado.
Her choreography and production credits include work with Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama, American Repertory Theatre, Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, The Vermont Academy, Leland and Gray High School, Bellows Falls Union High School.
Bronwyn has trained in a wide range of physical and theatrical disciplines. Her teaching specialties include aerial and acrobatic choreography, creating and devising original material, improvisation and character development, yoga, inversions, and physical work for the actor.
Bronwyn was awarded grants from The Vermont Community Foundation and The Vermont Arts Council. She is a registered teaching artist in the State of Vermont, She is Co-Founder and Producing Director of Strong Coffee Stage.
Bronwyn graduated with her MFA in Devised Physical Theatre Performance from The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and The University of The Arts in Philadelphia PA.
Description of the way I create work:
I am a creator, deviser, performer, and educator. I make art from a desire to communicate, to explore, and to express my dreams, rendering their shape as virtuosic physical movement, and bold, playful characters, and to allow the audience to feel something profound and sincere.
Much of my work derives from the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. This work focuses intensively upon the body and a physical approach to creating characters and theatrical ideas. I leverage the Lecoq pedagogy along with a variety of other theatrical, interdisciplinary, and movement- related mediums.
My process of devising offers several channels of exploration built upon the three main arteries of physical theatre: movement, improvisation, and ensemble creation. Instead of working with pre-established texts, I work in an improvisational framework in order to create characters, choreography, movement phrases, and original scripts. I work from a wide variety of themes and prompts.
I begin with a thought, a word or phrase, a visual picture, ( photo or drawing ) a shape, a movement, a gesture, a concept and end in a landscape comprised of inner and outer architectures that I then begin to narrow down and put into a choreographic structure, text, or phrases. I explore combining text and virtuosic movement, using movement
and physicality to further the story and a character’s emotional state.
Most recently in my work, I have been creating from personal stories and experiences as well as social and political issues that I feel strongly about. I’m researching and finding new ways
to delve into the material through movement, text, audio and visual concepts, historical references, interviews, poetry and art. I try not to limit myself and stay open to what is present in the moment and in the space. I like to work with the architecture of a space and I love work- ing with light and shadow. I’m deeply interested in the body: endurance, pain, exhaustion, expiration. I like to play in and with many genres while in creation mode so as to keep the ideas flowing without any limitations. Some of those genres I enjoy playing with are; Performance art, clown, bouffon, commedia mask, expressive mask, the seven levels of tension, song, dance and mystere. I will often combine or blend different genres especially in the early stages of development.
I believe in the importance of work in progress showings for an invited audience so I can assess what is working and what is not. It is important as a devising artist to get feedback and input at various stages of creation and production to see what is “hot” in the room. It is essential to receive this input and then go back to the rehearsal room and continue the process. Gathering what is working in the piece and what needs to be discarded or in Devisers terms if you need to “kill the baby” then you need to let go of an idea or a piece of text or movement that is not working and is holding you back from seeing the bigger picture or a more crucial aspect of the piece that needs to shine through.
I aim to instill in my work a willingness to seek, not to know, to play with great abandon and sensitivity, to be curious. I desire to cultivate artistic ownership of the theatre, and to overturn traditional norms and power structures. I strive for my work to be visceral, uncanny, physical, absurd, humorous, and poignant.
My ambition is to inspire, to dream big, to create vital, passionate, and compelling original work; and to think liberally and broadly while engaging critically with my work as artist in today’s world.