"First-rate young actor." Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Excellent at bringing a humanity and honesty to complex characters." The Huffington Post
Estelle Bajou is a French-American actor, composer, and writer, 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. Currently she's an Understudy in the first Broadway Touring Company of the Tony-winning folk musical ONCE. She's also an enthusiastic member of the Brooklyn-based band KOTORINO, and an Acting Ensemble Member/Resident Composer with One Year Lease Theater Company.
TV: Boardwalk Empire (Actor); Ken Burns' Prohibition (Violinist). Feature Films: Chaplin of the Mountains (Actor, Filmed in Iraq, Off. Sel. San Sebastian Int’l); Play Not a March for Victors Only (Actor/Writer, Fiscally Sponsored by NY Foundation for the Arts); subHysteria (Actor/Violinist, Improvised Film) Beneath Disheveled Stars (Composer); Why Do You Smell Like the Ocean? (Composer/Actor). Shorts: Broke (Actor); Lullaby for Ray (Actor/Co-Composer, Won: Best Short–Toronto Ind. Film Fest); Sarina’s Song (Co-Composer/Actor); Henry Buys a Hat (Actor/Composer).
Off-Broadway: PS122, La MaMa ETC, Rattlestick, HERE Arts, Lark PDC, 59E59, Abingdon.
Based in NYC, she's loved traveling across North, Central, and South America, Europe, and the Middle East, including Iraq in 2009, for projects. 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.