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HYPE! Mime Troupe Records

Call Number: UA234

Scope and Contents

This collection contains clippings, forms, notes, scripts, and web sites concerning the promotional, organizational, and audition materials of HYPE! Mime Troupe.


  • 1998 -- 2016


Language of Materials



Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University.


This collection is organized into two series: HYPE! materials; and Web crawls.


0.55 Linear Feet

17 Digital Object(s)

1 web_sites

37.7 Megabytes

Biographical / Historical

HYPE! was founded in the fall of 1998 by two Tufts Seniors, Anjali Vashi and Jay Willoughby, as an offshoot of the Cheap Sox improv group. The original troupe also included Ben Connelly and Tracy Erikson.

The troupe's size ranges from five to fourteen members. Members write their own skits, set them to music, and stage their own lighting and title cards. Skits can run from 30 seconds to over 15 minutes for a multi-scene presentation. The troupe hold two major show each academic year. At the end of fall semester they co-host CheapHype with the Cheap Sox, and at the end of spring semester they have a performance. They also perform at Parents' Weekend, at various Tufts Community Days and fund-raising events off-campus. Additionally they stage "guerrilla miming" events were members walk through campus, Davis Square, or Harvard Square and engage with the public. They have also performed at the Oberon Club in Harvard Square.

Although the troupe is funded through the Tufts Community Union, they have no enforced hierarchy within the organization. All decisions are made by unanimous votes.

HYPE! held a special reunion show in the spring 2013 to celebrate the troupe's 15th anniversary. Alumni of HYPE! formed the Broken Box mime troupe in New York City.

Custodial History

Materials donated in July, 2013 by Abby Setterholm, troupe member. Some materials were arranged by semester, but others were undated and arranged by the archivist chronologically as closely as possible.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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