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Speak Up! @ El Museo Del Barrio

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Hi-Arts presents
SPEAK UP!: Moving through Communit(ies)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
El Teatro al Museo del Barrio
Admission: Free, RSVP required

Hi-ARTS, El Barrio’s newest art space, curates Speak Up! Drawing from its community of artists, Hi-ARTS asks — What does it mean to belong to a community or multiple communities? How does one belong or (dis)-belong? Experience humor, hubris, and hardship from talented storytellers including Kelly Tsai, Lemon Andersen, author, educator and Hip-Hop activist Jennifer “JLove” Calderon; the cast of East Willy-B with a screening of the web series, and others.

We’re Hiring: Managing Director

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Position Title: Managing Director Hi-ARTS/HHTF, Inc.

Start Period: Spring 2013

Send inquiries and applications to Jobs@hhtf.org

Click here to download a pdf of the job description.

About the Organization

For over a decade, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF) has presented hundreds of artists and performances around the country by, for and about the Hip-Hop generation. More often than not, this art is imbued with a sense of urgency for social justice. The Festival serves an early home for emerging artists and many who are now surfacing as leaders in the arts and culture sector. With the advent of Hi-ARTS as its new home, the organization is poised to grow beyond the Festival, into new realms of artistic creation, advocacy and service to artists and the communities they serve, including El Barrio/East Harlem. Hi-ARTS is positioned to grow into a new physical and operational infrastructure rapidly expanding the programmatic and mission driven opportunities for the organization.

The vision of Hi-ARTS is to create a lasting, positive impact on urban and underprivileged communities through the powerful contemporary voice of Hip-Hop and other forms in urban expression through a physical space that manifests the organization’s mission and its flagship project, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

Position Description

The Managing Director will be a pivotal leader in developing the infrastructure needed for the future growth of Hi-ARTS. S/he will work closely as partner with the existing leadership to lead the organization’s charge of stabile and exceptional growth. S/he will assist the Producing Artistic Director (PAD) in leading the fundraising efforts of the organization. With the support of a small team of direct reports they will also oversee the day-to-day operations including all financial reporting. Above all, s/he will work closely with the Producing Artistic Director, Festival Artistic Director and the Board of Trustees to lead the growth of the organization.

Responsibilities

Fundraising and Marketing

The executive should be familiar with the philanthropic landscape for the arts and culture sector in North America. S/he will oversee some of the institutional development work of the organization’s Development Consultant, along with spearheading the individual giving initiatives and the management of Hi-ARTS’ earned income opportunities. A capital campaign is scheduled to begin in 2014 of $3 million dollars. S/he should also be comfortable in the marketing and communications front, working closely with the PAD to invigorate the Hi-ARTS brand and the institution’s unique position in the field.


Administration/Operations

The goal is to continuously develop and improve systems required for future growth. Create, recruit and hire new staff including development, marketing, operations and management of this process. The Managing Director will also partner with PAD and the rest of the leadership team to ensure the focus remains on the organization’s mission while fostering the culture that makes Hi-ARTS a unique artistic institution.


Qualifications

The Managing Director will have at least 5+ years of experience, with at least five years in a leadership capacity of a $1 million to $5 million organization or department. Strong preference will be given to someone with a strong development and fundraising background. Additionally, nonprofit experience is a plus (but not necessary) and strong preference will be given to someone who has operated in a fast growing environment.

Other qualifications include:

• Overall leadership skills
• Technologically literate.
• Experience in communicating key data, including presentations to the Board or
other outside partners/influencers/funders.
• Success seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities.
• Proven effectiveness managing others, empowering them to make decisions.
• Familiar with financial management and accounting.
• Some experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development.
• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.

Personal Characteristics

• An overall good person.
• Excellent interpersonal and team skills.
• Outstanding communications skills, written and oral.
• Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment.
• Hands-on, leads by example.
• Values diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives.
• Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to details.
• Enjoys mentorship and empowering young people.
• Personally connects to Hip-Hop culture and the Hi-ARTS mission.

Benefits and Salary consistent with experience, the organization intends to be flexible in order to find the best match to meet and grow with the times. Hi-ARTS is an equal opportunity employer.

The Black Book Masterclass

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Lemon After-Party

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SEED WORLD PREMIERE OPENING NIGHT

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10th ANNIVERSARY DC FESTIVAL MIXTAPE

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HHTF & Washington City Paper presents

The 10th Anniversary DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival Mixtape

mixed by DJ RBI
greetings by Munch



TRACK LIST

1) HHTF Reflections/ Hip Hop (Roots Blend)
2) Kev Brown – Allways
3) Ardamus – Say To The Heart
4) Phil Ade – Always There
5) Asheru – Revolution
6) Zimbabwe Legit – Wake’ Em Up (Cadence Rmx) ft. Vast Aire
7) Educated Consumers
8) The L.A.B. – Ignorant Theory
9) Hueman Prophets – Suits/ War
10) Kokayi – Hiya ft. Alison Carney
11) Dirty Water (Joe D & Cool Cee Brown) – Eat My Breakfast Alone
12) The Package – Makin’ Waves
13) J-$crilla ft. K-Beta, Lyriciss, Muggsy Malone & Pro’Verb – Chillin’
14) Jay Mills – Love Therapy
15) Gods’illa – Intro (Truth Unleashed)
16) Kingpen Slim – Fly Sh*t
17) Diamond District (XO, yU, Oddisee) – The Shining
18) Priest Da Nomad – Do What I Want ft. Sub Z, Storm The Unpredictable, & Kokayi (’97 Freestyle Union)
19) Tabi Bonney – Garfield Fish Bones
20) Ra The MC – Dreams
21) Team Demo – Live @ The BBQ

*bonus*

22) Wale – Spark

The Word Begins

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For booking information contact Katy Savard, Touring and Company Manager: katy@hhtf.org



“A compact, energetic 75 minutes on politics, race, religion, love, and hope”

- LA Weekly (Go!)

” one of the cleverest pieces of writing and performance you will have the

pleasure of seeing in a long time.”

- LA SPLASH

“Cleaning the cobwebs off language to get us to see reality with fresh eyes”

- LA Times

“Unforgettable performance peice” - LA Examiner

Rapid-fire, dangerous, powerful, and unpredictable.” – LA Weekly

“a touch of genius” – Norman Lear

“the perfect combination of soul and science” – Quincy Jones

“. . . creating a masterpiece” - LA Times

GO!  says the LA Weekly! Read the Review HERE.

CRITICS PICK! Backstage.com



Following a critically acclaimed, extended run at Rogue Machine theater in Los Angeles, The Word Begins is gearing up for an international tour.  Join the mailing list (sign up on the right-hand column) or check us out on Facebook for updates and tour dates.


If you are interested in bringing The Word Begins to your city, town, or campus email us at info(at)hhtf.org!


The Word Begins

Written and Performed by Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews
Developed and Directed by Robert Egan


Nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards, The Word Begins follows the hilarious and provocative journey of two men discovering the power of words to define love, faith, race and humanity in America. Mashing up theater, spoken word, comedy and Hip-Hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver a high-energy performance in this fresh new satire that examines the current cultural landscape.



PERSUE x THE WORD BEGINS L.A.




The Word Begins is co-produced by Hip-Hop Theater Festival through special arrangement with Prana Theatre Group and was originally produced at The Signature Theatre, Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director, and was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Robert Egan, Artistic Director.

10th Anniversary DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival Photo Recap

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THANK YOU TO OUR DC FESTIVAL FAM FOR MAKING THE 10th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL ONE OF THE BEST YET!

CHECK OUT SOME PHOTOS FROM THE FESTIVAL (more coming soon):

Photos Margot MacDonald ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Network

Photos by Jati Lindsay for Hip-Hop Theater Festival

10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration

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Celebrating Ten Years of Culture in Action

On Monday Dec 6th Hip-Hop Theater Festival held its 10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration at the Urban Zen Center at the Stephen Weiss Studio in New York City.  To celebrate Ten Years of Culture in Action HHTF brought together our diverse community of artists and supporters to honor two seminal culture pioneers, Ntozake Shange and Enrique “Part One” Torres.  The evening was an opportunity to acknowledge the aesthetic and creative influences that have brought us this far, as we we plan for the next decade of supporting Hip-Hop as a vibrant arts and culture movement. Click here to make a donation to support another year of Hip-Hop Theater Festival presenting and producing original work by some of the most provocative artists working today.

photos by Peter Monsanto & Robert Braunfeld



Hosted by: Sahr Ngaujah of FELA!

Special Performances by: Eisa Davis, Lemon Anderson, and MORE!!

Music by: Rich Medina

Honoring Cultural Pioneers: Ntozake Shange & Enrique “Part One” Torres

Awards Presenters: Roger Guenveur Smith, Alan Ket


For the last ten years we have come to represent much more than the words ‘theater’ and ‘festival’ can connote. HHTF demolishes the separation of audience and artist, spreading into classrooms, streets, and institutions all over the country. While remaining firmly rooted in the discipline of theater and the performing arts, the organization’s vision extends to creating lasting, positive impact on urban communities and under-served young people through the powerful contemporary voice of Hip-Hop Culture.


As part of the celebration Tony Award winning actress, Trazana Beverley joined us in honoring Ntozake Shange by reading from her seminal work. Ms. Beverley won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in the original Broadway production of For Colored Girls… !!! Nuyorican poet slam mistress Mahogany Browne performed original poems celebrating the life and legacy of Ntozoke Shange.

HONOREES

As part of our 10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration Hip-Hop Theater Festival honored two seminal cultural pioneers:

Ntozake Shange is an acclaimed poet, playwright and author. Her groundbreaking “choreo-poem” For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, eloquently wove poetic monologues into a captivating performance that redefined the American theater, inspiring a generation of poets and storytellers to push the boundaries of form and rhythm.

“I wuz cold / I wuz burnin up / a child and endlessly weaving garments / for the moon with my tears / I found god in myself / and I loved her / I loved her fiercely”

Enrique “Part One” Torres is a true style writing master from the pioneering days, before Hip-Hop was even a word. Part entered the subway graffiti movement in 1974 just after the foundations for piecing had been laid down. From 1977 to 1980, few writers could compete with Part One and his TDS partners. 30 years later he has become recognized as a pioneering legend who’s unique style has made an indelible mark on Hip-Hop culture.

“You can’t mention the New York train movement without talking about Part One. He’s done it all the right way. Cool brother. Great writer.FARGO

“Part’s style is official and original; a true master.” COPE2

What do these two artists have in common? They both inspired the generation of artists who followed them and those artists are represented under the roof of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Ntozake Shange and Part One rocked their respective worlds in the mid-to-late 1970s and changed their chosen crafts forever. So it’s only right that HHTF, which revels in keeping its feet in the worlds of both Hip-Hop and Theater, bring together and honor contemporaries who contributed to defining the programmatic scope of the organization.

HOST COMMITTEE
Cyrus Boquin, Martha Diaz, MVMT, Jeannine Magno, Shawn Rhea, Zvi Rosenfeld Gabrielle Roth, Annabella Sciorra, Michael Skolnik, Carmelita Sanchez, Woody King, Jr., Lenise Logan, Radha Blank

HHTF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darren Sussman, Chair; Jennifer Ortega, Secretary; Laura Hope Treasurer; Malik Yoba, Lev Gelfer, Rachel P. Goldstein, Lumumba Mosquera, Constance Mortell, Chris Nagy , Danny Hoch Founder

Mare139 Creates Award for Benefit Celebration

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Above: Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez StyleWriter Sculptures


In celebration of TEN YEARS OF CULTURE IN ACTION Hip-Hop Theater Festival is proudly honoring two seminal culture pioneers Ntozake Shange and Enrique “Part One” Torres!


HHTF is deeply rooted in the worlds of both Hip-Hop and Theater, so its only right we bring together and honor contemporaries who contributed to defining the programmatic scope of the organization.

To honor Mrs. Shange and Part One, HHTF commissioned Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez to create a special edition of his iconic STYLEWRITER sculpture series to present to these two cultural pioneers. To get tickets or more information about Hip-Hop Theater Festival’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Celebration Click Here


Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed sculptor and arts advocate. A 2010 USA Artist Nominee, 2010 HHTF Creative Grant awardee and H2ED Scholar in Residency at NYU who in 1985 pioneered a novel version of modern graffiti as sculpture. Throughout his career as a sculptor, Mare 139 has consistently brought innovation to the genreʼs aesthetic and vocabulary.


Beyond fine art Mare 139 earned the prestigious 2006 Webby Award for his launch of the Hip Hop documentary Style Wars website. Style Wars has also garnered the COMMARTS/Communication Arts Award, Horizon Interactive Award, as well as SXSW/South by Southwest Interactive. Not only an award winner but an award designer, Mare139 designed and created the award for the annual BET/Black Entertainment Award show, recipients include Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jay Z, Prince Snoop Dog, Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, and many others. He also designed the G-Unit Award expressly for 50Cent given to him by fashion designer Marc Ecko. Other award projects include the 2005 and 2007 Red Bull Beat Battle Award and more recent the SPY Award for the 30th Anniversary of the Rock Steady Crew. In 2006-07 Mare 139 worked closely with Director/Actor Robert DeNiro on the film The Good Shepherd as a documenter of ʻthe making of the movieʼ and as member of Mr. DeNiroʼs editing team. His writing has been published in Martha Coopers brilliant photo book Street Play that documents the imaginative ʻplayʼ of children in the streets of NYC in the late 1970ʼs. His writings capture the creative play and dangers of his youth in the South Bronx. Currently he is committed to sculpture and painting and also works as a creative consultant to companies like NIKE, Jordan Brand and Red Bull. More at www.mare139.com


Above: L – R BET Award and SPY Award for the 30th Anniversary of the Rock Steady Crew designed by Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez

Above: G-Unit Award expressly designed for 50Cent given to him by fashion designer Marc Ecko


In case you missed Mare139′s Freestyle Archetyper 2 as part of the 10th NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, check it out:


Interview with Artistic Director Kamilah Forbes

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THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN HONOR KAMILAH FORBES

The following interview is reprinted with permission from the League of Professional Theatre Women.


On December 9th the League will honor Hip-Hop Theater Festival Artistic Director Kamilah Forbes with the Josephine Abady Award, given to an emerging director or producer of works of cultural diversity. Miss Forbes is an actor, director, curator and producer who develops creative works by, for and about the hip-hop generation. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.


Anne Hamilton recently interviewed the NYC-based artist.



AH: FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WINNING THE ABADY AWARD?


KF:  I’m a little speechless because I’m in such awe of the other honorees as well as the organization, so I’m very, very honored. The recognition means a great deal.


AH: I THINK THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO LEARN ABOUT A WOMAN’S EARLY GROWTH AS AN ARTIST. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT KINDS OF ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES YOU TOOK PART IN AS YOU WERE GROWING UP?


KF: I took piano lessons and I went to a lot of theater growing up in Chicago. Based on my musical influences, I would write hip-hop lyrics at that time. I was very much involved in my drama program in high school, which led to me wanting to study theater in college. I was involved in the acting and directing program at Howard University and did a little bit of producing.


AH: AND YOU ALSO STUDIED AT OXFORD.


KF: Yes, at the British-American Drama Academy (BADA). I’m in love with the classics. I’ve always been in love with language, whether it’s hip-hop or Shakespeare. You know, it made my decade, just to be in the same room with Ben Kingsley and to study with him. I studied with Fiona Shaw as well.


AH: TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE SHAKESPEAREAN ROLES YOU’VE PLAYED.


KF: I’ve played Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT. That was with the WSC Company in Washington DC. I was part of the Folger Shakespeare Theater Educational Troupe. I did ROMEO AND JULIET, and MUCH ADO. In The Scottish Play, on the main stage of Folger Shakespeare, I played Hecate, which is a role that’s generally omitted. She’s the queen of the witches.



AH: HOW DID YOU GO FROM HECATE TO HIP-HOP?

KF: Well, I think my interests always co-existed, and it was just a matter of my two worlds bumping into one another. When I studied at Oxford, I would attend classes about scansion and diction during the day and then I would be running to London to see DE LA SOUL at night.


My college professor Sybil Roberts really encouraged us as theater makers to challenge the boundaries of performance and take experimental risks.  I decided to pull together a collective of poets and DJs, and began to workshop a concept for a play I was writing called RHYME DEFERRED. The DJ definitely laid the score of the play. I worked with dancers and choreographers whose background was in hip-hop dancing and popping and locking and break dancing. I was interested in using the dance as storytelling tools.


I asked myself, “How can this kind of movement truly tell a story just as any posse or other Broadway choreography would?” And the poetry and the language wove together. In this 1997 workshop I was experimenting with what Hip-Hop Theater as an aesthetic could potentially look like.


AH: TELL US ABOUT WORKING WITH DEF POETRY JAM.


KF: I served as the producer for the HBO show, which basically meant I just did what I did for the festival. I curated. When the show started to move towards Broadway, I worked with the director Stan Lathan as an associate director for the Broadway tour. I got to work with a lot of these poets in a lot of different ways. Several of them had written long-form work that I had presented in the festival. And then in this iteration, they were performing their three-minute, shorter work as well.


AH: YOU WEAR A NUMBER OF HATS EXTREMELY WELL. WHAT DO YOU THINK CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR SUCCESS?


KF: I’ve always been interested in a lot of different sides of things. I want to know how the show is run as well as how it’s produced, because they’re interrelated. You know, being a good actor makes me even better director. Being a producer makes me a better director. Being a director makes me a better producer, just because of my knowledge of the full 360-degree circle of the theatre world. At times it’s difficult, because sometimes I can feel very schizophrenic. But when I’m truly able to focus on one thing at a time, I think each one of my interests enhances the other.


AH: IS YOUR JOB WITH THE FESTIVAL YEAR-ROUND?


KF: It seems like it. [Laughs.]  But we’ve backed away from being a year-round organization only because it gives me a lot more freedom to work on other individual artistic projects, whether as a director or an actor. Or to work on the series that I produce. It gives me a little bit of freedom for that.



AH: WHAT KIND OF ARTISTIC GROWTH ARE YOU EXPERIENCING AT THE MOMENT?


KF
: I’m finding a lot of inspiration from a lot of different forms and in very unlikely places. I will go to a visual art exhibit and be so inspired in by the way in which it was presented. I’m always figuring out ways to build upon inspiration, and to incorporate this piece of inspiration into the work that I do. I’m constantly looking for ways for that to happen in very unlikely places.


AH: IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR ARTISTS ARE WELL-DISCIPLINED, WELL-INFORMED, SUPERBLY INTELLIGENT AND ALSO, THAT THEY WORK THROUGH THE HEART AS WELL AS THE MIND.


KF: Absolutely.


AH: KAMILAH, I WISH YOU GREAT, GREAT SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU’RE DOING. HOW CAN PEOPLE KEEP UP WITH YOUR SHOWS AND ACTIVITIES?


KF: Thank you, Anne. They can go to the websites www.kffproductions.com and www.hhtf.org.


Anne Hamilton has nineteen years of experience in New York City, across the nation, and internationally. The Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, she has consulted with Lynn Nottage, Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Classic Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Leslie Lee, Deborah Gregory, Andrew Barrett, the New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.  Read her blog by clicking HERE


10th Anniversary NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival Highlights

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Celebrating 10 Years of Culture in Action

For ten years, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival has consistently broken new ground, elevating both Hip-Hop and Theater by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Join HHTF as we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary of Culture in Action.

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