HYPE! Mimez

Founded in 1998

what they do

Perform original skits set to contemporary music

Number of current members

About a dozen

Claim to fame

“America’s only collegiate mime troupe” (as far as they know)

Biggest challenge

Keeping white makeup off black clothes

why mime

“The extreme constraint—no words, no props, no costumes—forces creativity,” said HYPE! member Sean Murphy, E20. “There’s still a range of emotion we can evoke.”

Heather Stephenson

Heather Stephenson, senior writer at Tufts and editor of Fletcher Magazine, can be reached at heather.stephenson@tufts.edu.