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: Apollinaire Theatre, 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, Fools Fury Theater, SUNY Oneonta, Marlboro College, Boston Center for The Arts, Raven Theatrical and a European tour with Sandglass Theatre.
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. She is a teaching artist with the Weston Playhouse in Weston VT.
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, NECCA, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, The Vermont Academy, Leland and Gray High School, Bellows Falls Union High School,The Putney Grammar School,The Putney School,The Leaf Charter School, Newburyport Highschool.
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, Neutral mask, Commedia, Clown, yoga, inversions, and physical work for the actor.
Bronwyn was awarded grants from The Network of Ensemble Theatres, NET TEN Mini grant, The Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment Fund, 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. In June of 2019 she was invited to attend the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro Ciudad de Mexico, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance. Please check out their website for more information on this amazing event here. The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro 2019
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. She has an Associates Degree in Theatre from Circle in The Square Theatre in NYC.
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, film and video, 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.
I' am currently creating work mostly online since mid March when COVID 19 caused all of my work to be cancellled. I'm working on a few new pieces of devised theatre for Zoom and on film and video. I'm collaborating with Mexican born artist Oscar Serrano on new work that focuses on Mexican and American realtions, gender, ritual, and race. We will be presenting work n progress showings via Zoom and recorded versions for film and video. Oscar Serrano and I received a NET TEN Mini through the Network of Ensemble Theatres. This grant will help us to continue this collaboration and to work together virtually during COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting collaboration in the coming months.
I recently particapated in two different collaborative dance projects with Vermont Dance Alliance.
TRACES 2020 a collaborative dance experience with over 30 dancers from VT presented by The Vermont Dance Alliance and directed by VDA'S director Hanna Satarlee. Please see the video section to watch TRACES 2020. And Garden Dances, a site specific, collaborative, socially distanced, devised dance piece created in 5 days in Northern VT at Horosford Nursery and Gardens. A film of this project will soon be released in late August or September 2020
Here is the full Garden Dances Film that was made as part of the inperson socially distanced event at Horsford Nursery this Summer. Check it out!
My most recent devised theatre work was a collaboration with Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea MA and artists from around the world via Zoom. We collaborated on an original devised theatre piece based on an interview with Jessica Armijo who immigrated from Honduras and is now a citzen of the United Staes and lives in Chelsea MA. It was a wonderful experince to bring to life her story with text, song and physicality. Please see photos in the media section and the links below from the publicity we received.
In late September I had two new pieces accepted to an Art Exhibition at The Grange Hall in Waterbury VT. The exhibition was entitled DWELL. I was delighted to create two new performance art and dance pieces for this exhibition. The first piece die Wut is an esctatic frenzy dance video that was played on a loop with other dance / movemnet pieces. The 2nd piece I performed in person and is a durational movement piece that I created especially for this exhibit entitled mon beau désespoir sombre. Below is a description of the exhibition. Photos and the dance video are in my media section on Creative Ground.
An exhibition in appreciation of the landscapes we inhabit in challenging times.
Across Roads Center for the Arts with The Grange Hall Cultural Center presents “Dwell” a curated exhibition about and in appreciation of the landscapes we inhabit (internal and external, as well as real, imagined and allegorical) in challenging times of illness, confinement, anxiety, chaos, political turmoil, change, and uncertainty.
Submissions were sought that express and interpret this theme, including places that express brutality, confusion, fear, dependence, sorrow, betrayal or despair, or those that offer solace, inspiration, celebration, reflection, solidarity, transformation, or hope.
All artworks convey the artist’s interpretation and spirit of this exhibit.
WINDOW DANCING AT RABBLE ROUSER CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE SHOPPE!
Window Dancing at Rabble Rouser Chocolate and Coffee Shoppe in Montpelier Vermont: I had the awesoem opportunity to do some social distanced dancing at the awesome Rabble Rouser Chocolate and Coffee Shoppe in mid October to promote the Vermont Dance Alliance Resilent Online Dancing series. I have included a link for the Resilent Dance Online series in which I am offering a class on Performance and Presence and video from the Rabble Rouser Window Dancing. See these links below.
Window Dancing at Rabble Rouser!:Window Dancing at Rabble Rouser!
Vermont Dance Alliance Online Class Series: Vermont Dance Alliance Resilient Dancing Online Class series
Physical Theatre Performance and Presence : Online class I am offering through VDA all info here! Physical Theatre: Performance and Presence
Smart Artist Vermont and Unfiltered Spirits! I was chosen to perform in this wonderful event that aired on Nov 19, 2020. See below.
Unfiltered Spirits - Episode 3 this Thursday!
Three weeks. Three artists each week. A live broadcast via Zoom and YouTube showcasing the work of Vermont creatives. Featuring signature Vermont cocktails, and hosted by DJ cRAIG mITCHELL!
Watch via ZOOM and enjoy the pre-show cocktail with our host, and hangout with the artists after the show.
Or watch on YouTube:
NOV. 19th @ 7:30 PM - https://youtu.be/KbvE0YDll10
Unfiltered Spirits is a live, online showcase series featuring the work of visual and performing artists throughout Vermont. Three artists will be featured per episode, for a total of nine artists. Unfiltered Spirits is an opportunity for artists and Vermonters to witness the strength and vitality in our creative sector during this transitional period for artists of all kinds.
Featured Artists: Bronwyn Sims, Patty Hudak, Sarah King