Jessica Care-Moore (2005): Internationally renowned poet, publisher, activist, rock star, playwright, actress, educator, thespian, filmmaker, performance artist, producer, five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner, and CEO of Moore Black Press.
Kalamu ya Salaam (2005): Poet, author, filmmaker, and teacher.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010): Spoken-word poet, dancer, and playwright who frequently directs stand alone hip-hop theater plays.
Jeff Chang (2007): Author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and Who We Be: The Colonization of America, co-founder of Culturestr/ke magazine and Coloredlines daily news site, and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.
Dr. Rennie Harris (2007, 2008, 2014): Artistic Director, Choreographer and Director.
Sambada (2007): Brazilian band.
Alix Olson (2007): American poet and Spoken Word artist.
Kamilah Forbes (2007, 2009): Assistant Director and Artistic Director.
Danny Hoch (2007): American writer, director, and performance artist.
Dennis Kim (2007, 2008): Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artist from Chicago, and a co-founder of I Was Born With Two Tongues, an Asian American spoken word quartet, and Typical Cats, a Chicago-based hip hop collective. He is a teaching artist at Youth Speaks, Inc.
Mayda Del Valle (2007): Poet, performer, teaching artist.
Lauren Whitehead (2007): Spoken Word artist.
Rafael Casal (2007, 2009, 2011): American writer, performance poet, recording artist, educator, playwright and founding member of The Getback.
Dahlak Brathwaite (2007): musician, actor, poet, and educator
Omar Sosa (2007): composer, bandleader, and jazz pianist.
Roger Bonair-Agard (2007): Poet and Performance artist.
Willie Perdomo (2007): Poet, children’s book author, Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is co-founder/publisher of Cypher Books.
Gambian Griot Alhaji Papa Susso (2007): Griot or jeli, master kora player, and director of the Koriya Musa Center for Research in Oral Tradition.
Staceyann Chin (2008): Spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist.
Rokafella & Kwikstep (2008): Hip-Hop dancers, Artistic directors of Full Circle Productions, a Hip-Hop dance theater company.
Josh Healey (2008): Award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist.
Kevin Coval (2008): Poet, playwright, educator, organizer, Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors.
Patricia Smith (2008): Poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist.
Wale (2009): American rapper.
Colin Munroe (2009): Canadian singer-songwriter.
First Wave Music Ensemble (2009): Student performers.
Amir Sulaiman (2009): Poet, recording artist, activist and newly appointed Harvard Fellow.
K Swift (2009): American DJ, MC, radio personality and entreprenuer.
Lemon Andersen (2009): American poet, spoken word artist and actor.
Beau Sia (2009): American Slam poet.
Christopher Walker (2009): UW-Madison assistant professor of Dance and First Wave Hip-Hop Theater Ensemble artistic director.
Janelle Monae (2010): Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer signed to Bad Boy Records, Wondaland Art Society, and Atlantic Records.
Colman Domingo (2010): Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominated and OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD Award winning film, stage, and television actor, playwright, and director.
Stew & Heidi (2010): A four-time Tony nominee, Stew leads, along with his collaborator Heidi Rodewald, two critically acclaimed bands: The Negro Problem and Stew. Works: Post Minstrel Syndrome (TNP 1997), Joys and Concerns (TNP 1999), Guest Host (S 2000), The Naked Dutch Painter (S 2002), Welcome Black (TNP 2002), Something Deeper Than These Changes (S 2003) and the cast album of Passing Strange (2008).
Queen GodIs (2012): International Poet, MC, Artistic Director and Performance Art Therapist whose work serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art.
Hapasan (2012): multiracial Japanese American capoeirista and house dancer based in the Bay Area.
Chanel Matsunami Govreau (2012): Performance storyteller, printmaker and costume designer.
Paul Oakley Stovall (2012): Playwright.
Brad Simmons (2012): Musical director.
GIRLilla Tactics (2013): Devan Rode, Macca, Peipei Yuan – Bgirl workshops
Dawn Crandel (2013): Performing Xenophobadelica. Dawn is a dancer, choreographer, theatre artist, poet, grassroots cultural activist and educator.
Michael Sakamoto (2014): Interdisciplinary artist active in dance, theatre, performance, photography, and media.
Jamilia Woods (2015): Poet and vocalist.