Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival

16th Annual Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival

An OMAI tradition

OMAI’s Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival consists of performances, lectures and discussions by First Wave artist-scholars and invited professional artists engaging with the Madison community, on and off campus. Inaugurated through OMAI’s sponsored Interdisciplinary Arts Residency with Marc Bamuthi Joseph in the spring of 2007, the Line Breaks project culminated in a final performance of student work called “Just Bust!.” Now running for 15 years, “Just Bust!” has evolved into an open mic.

Hip Hop where it belongs

Line Breaks brings the top new aesthetics in contemporary hip hop and interdisciplinary performance art to the UW–Madison campus and the surrounding community. It has evolved into a space for the investigation of contemporary American culture through the lens of hip hop performance. Line Breaks is now one of the largest hip hop-centered performance festivals in the Midwest and continues to be a space for the cultivation and presentation of independent and collaborative work by First Wave artist-scholars. Here, unique responses to common human experiences are explored. The narratives, myths and legends, specific to these diverse communities, are unearthed, distilled and presented in an environment that encourages discussion and continued investigation.

2023 Schedule

Thursday, March 30 

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Page & Stage: An Evening with Eve L. Ewing and Paul Tran

A Room of One’s Own (2717 Atwood Avenue)

UW–Madison’s Division of the Arts, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and A Room of One’s Own are thrilled to welcome Eve L. Ewing to Madison in conversation with poet and UW–Madison Assistant Professor of English and Asian American Studies Paul Tran. 

Register here. This event is all ages, free and open to the public. Space is limited: register to guarantee a spot. Masks are required at this venue.

Friday, March 31

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Pre-Show Reception

Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street)

Join the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) and the Division of the Arts in celebrating the opening of the 2023 Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival! Doors for Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival Showcase open at 5:30 p.m. Register here for the Friday evening Showcase.

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival Showcase  

Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater, Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street)

Join the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) and the Division of the Arts for the 2023 Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival! This Friday night Showcase features performances by First Wave artist-scholars in the 15th Cohort; Diya Abbas (14th Cohort) and Azura Tyabji (13th Cohort); Jackson Neal (12th Cohort); and featured performances by guests of Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Eve L. Ewing including Jamila Woods and Nate Marshall. The Showcase will conclude with a talkback with the featured performers and Eve L. Ewing, moderated by Amanda Torres.

Register here! This event is all ages, free and open to the public. Masks are encouraged.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival Showcase  

Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater  (800 Langdon Street)

Join the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) and the Division of the Arts for the 2023 Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival! This Saturday night Showcase features performances by First Wave artist-scholars in the 15th Cohort; First Wave alumna, Shasparay Irvin; the First Wave Touring Ensemble; and headlining performance by Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Eve L. Ewing. The Showcase will conclude with a talkback with select performers and OMAI Artistic Director Mark H. 

Register here! This event is all ages, free and open to the public. Masks are encouraged.

8:00–9:30 p.m.

Post-Show Reception 

Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street)

Join the Division of the Arts and the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) to close out the 2023 Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival! 

Learn more and register here for the Saturday evening Showcase.

Line Breaks performances

First Wave 15th Cohort Ensemble


We Remember: An Anthological Performance Exploring Time and Memory

In this devised performance, the 15th Cohort of First Wave explores the transportation of time and memory using an anthology format. They will present collaborations of song, dance, poetry, visual illustration, and movement as they seek to understand deeper how memories can alter existence, how the way we navigate through time can change our experience, and what it means to remember something as a collective. Audiences are called to reflect on our personal history and the history of our community as we ask ourselves…who is in charge of remembering? Who is allowed to forget? And who is doing the labor? Travel down memory lane with the 15th Cohort of First Wave. Directed by Denzel Taylor. 

First Wave Touring Ensemble


Keepin’ It Right

Selections from First Wave Touring Ensemble’s full-length multimedia work in progress, tentatively titled Keepin’ It Right. Directed by Mark H.

Azura Tyabji & Diya Abbas

The Dream of a Common Woman

Borrowed from the titles of two 1978 lesbian poetry collections, The Common Woman by Judy Grahn and The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich,The Dream of a Common Woman written by Azura Tyabji and Diya Abbas follows two women in a long-distance courtship who, when they fall asleep over the phone, wake up in a shared dream. Through honest testimony and heightened language they couldn’t share in real life, they come closer to vulnerability and understanding through the stories of women in their families, attempting to end their lineages of loneliness. 

Jackson Neal



ALTARCATION I is an encounter between dancer, writer, and choreographer Jackson Neal, and his own mother, Shaelyn Neal. For twelve minutes, Jackson and Shaelyn will run on opposite facing treadmills while engaging in a dialogue about love, care, effort, and memory. Jackson will sprint at the treadmill’s top speed for two consecutive minutes at the conclusion of the piece. 

The primary question of ALTARCATION I is how much are you willing to work for love? Using physical and emotional effort, Shaelyn and Jackson will create an exercise of the heart, one which demands attention, commitment, and effort in order to be fulfilled. 

In preparation for this piece, the Neals have participated in a series of in-depth interviews, which broaden their understanding of each other, and the nature of the roles of mother and son. The Neals have also participated in a serious training regimen to physically prepare their bodies for the task. 

Cast: Jackson Neal, son of Shaelyn Neal; Shaelyn Neal, mother of Jackson Neal

Shasparay Irvin 


Body Politics

Shasparay’s one-person show, Body Politics is a personal revelation of her experience as a fat woman in a fatphobic society. Shasparay takes the audience on her nuanced self-love journey through poetry, storytelling, and theatre performance. She navigates themes including shame, bullying, health, love, and fetishization. This tell-all newly developed with and directed by Mark H. is stratified with vulnerability, fun, and teachable moments. Mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Directed by Mark H. 

A native of Washington, DC, Mark H. is a director, performer, and educator with a primary focus on American theater and theater of the African diaspora.

Voice Actors: Steve Shell, Quanda Johnson, and Mark H.

Video Production: Kyla Pollard 

Kyla Pollard is an artist and aspiring filmmaker from the South Side of Chicago whose art focuses on urban inequalities and the existence and necessity of Black Joy.

Sound Design: Dawry Ruiz

Dawry Ruiz is an interdisciplinary artist, First Wave Scholar, and is the recipient of a 2022 Truman Scholarship.

Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Eve L. Ewing and Guest Artists


Performances by Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Eve L. Ewing and guest artists will be featured in both Friday and Saturday night’s showcases, including Jamila Woods, accompanied by Justin Canavan, and Nate Marshall. The Friday Showcase will conclude with a talkback with the featured performers and Eve L. Ewing, moderated by Amanda Torres (AT). The Saturday Showcase will feature an interdisciplinary performance by Eve L. Ewing of selections from 1919.


The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the “Red Summer” of violence across the nation’s cities, has shaped the last century but is unfamiliar or altogether unknown to many people today. In 1919, her second collection of poems, Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost five hundred injuries— through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, illuminating the thin line between the past and the present.

Line Breaks performer biographies

Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin, 2022), which won the Golden Poppy Award and was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Lambda Literary Award. Their work appears in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Paul is an Assistant Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is a writer, editor, and educator from Chicago. He is the award-winning author of two full-length books of poems, Finna and Wild Hundreds. He is an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. He is also the author of the audio drama Bruh Rabbit & The Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis, Esq. and co-author (with Eve L. Ewing) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Marshall is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been published in Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Currently he is at work on a new book of poems and several other writing projects.

Amanda "AT" Torres

Amanda Torres (AT) is a queer, Mexican-American writer, educator & cultural organizer living in Massachusetts. AT has been performing and teaching writing for eighteen years throughout the Midwest & Northeast as well as the UK. The former program director of the Poetry Foundation’s National Incubator for Community Engaged Poets, as well as the co-founder and former director of MassLEAP, a youth literary organization in Boston, they are a designer and curator of justice-oriented, arts-based learning spaces. In the classroom, AT creates radical, imaginative and care-centered labs for creativity, self-reflection & the navigation of power with/in institutions & relationships. Their artistry is a lovingly made, and often collaborative, ofrenda to their ancestors and a belief in the strange and the tender. Their writing can be found in print in LatiNext, a Breakbeat Poetry Anthology & At Our Best: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships in Out-of-School Time Settings. AT received their M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2021. They currently work as a freelance editor, curriculum developer and teaching fellow at their alma mater and are working on a poetry manuscript in which they hope to write the people they love into the future.

Azura Tyabji and Diya Abbas

Azura Tyabji (13th Cohort) is the author of two collections, Stepwell (Poetry Northwest, 2018) and Dear Azula, I Have a Crush on Danny Phantom (2021). She was the 2018-19 Seattle and West Coast Youth Poet Laureate. She writes from her perspective as a Black and Indian-American woman using writing to imagine an empathetic and liberatory future. Currently, she studies Creative Writing and Sociology as a 13th cohort First Wave scholar.

Diya Abbas (14th Cohort) is a first-generation Pakistani American poet from the Midwest. They are the 2022 George B. Hill Poetry Prize winner and the 2020 St.Louis Youth Poet Laureate. Her work can be found in The Offing, BahrMag, Button Poetry, Illumination Journal, and others. Diya is a First Wave and FLAS Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Madison studying Creative Writing and Psychology.

Jackson Neal

Jackson “Jax” Neal (12th Cohort) is a poet, dancer and choreographer from Houston, Texas currently based in Madison, Wisconsin. Neal uses movement and language as technologies of intimacy which he engages in various mediums including but not limited to: poetry, essay, dance, physical theater, performance art, and endurance tests. He believes that literature and embodied movement demand a profound honesty and commitment which move the artist and the audience toward their own goodness. Neal is a former National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador to the Southwestern United States, selected by the Library of Congress and Urban Word NYC. His debut chapbook, “Dear Azula, I Have a Crush on Danny Phantom” co-authored with Azura Tyabji, was published by Button Poetry in 2021. Neal has trained in contemporary dance and physical theater techniques across the United States and Germany. His dance and poetry have been performed on stages such as the Dock 11 Theater, Tanzfabrik UferStudios, The Kennedy Center for the Arts, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Overture Center for the Arts. Neal is a First Wave Scholar at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the only full tuition scholarship for Hip Hop and Spoken Word Artists in the world. Neal graduates with a dual B.S. in Dance and English in Spring 2023.

Shasparay .

Shasparay (First Wave alumna) (she/they) is a Black, fat and queer performing artist who is the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Black Arts Matter Festival and was the 2022 4th Ranked Woman Slam Poet in the World (W.OW.P.S). Recently featured in the New York Times, Shasparay is a current graduate student pursuing an MA in Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership at the Wisconsin School of Business Bolz Center and holds a B.S. in Theatre from UW-Madison. She was a recipient of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Full Tuition Scholarship, a speaker at the 2016 TEDxYouth Austin conference, and is a National NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist. Shasparay has been a finalist in national and regional slam competitions such as Women of the World Poetry Slam, Stone Wall International Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Texas Grand Slam, and is a two-time Lip Stick Wars Poetry Slam Champion.  She has been featured on platforms such as Button Poetry, Huffington Post, Youth Speaks, Buzzfeed and is a cast member of the award-winning horror anthology podcast Old Gods of Appalachia.

Eve Ewing

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author, most recently, of a book for young readers Maya and the Robot, the poetry collection 1919 and the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. Her first book, the poetry collection Electric Arches, received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year’s best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also currently writes the Champions series for Marvel Comics and previously wrote the acclaimed Ironheart series, as well as other projects. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Currently she is working on her next book, Original Sins: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism, which will be published by One World.

Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods is a Chicago-bred singer-songwriter, educator, and award-winning poet whose inspirations include Gwendolyn Brooks and Toni Morrison. Following the 2016 release of her debut album HEAVN via Chicago label Closed Sessions, Jamila received critical acclaim for her singular genre-blending sound that is both rooted in soul and wholly modern. Her sophomore album LEGACY! LEGACY! was released via JagJaguwar Records in 2019. It features 12 tracks named after writers, thinkers, and visual artists who have influenced her life and work.  As a touring artist, Jamila has shared stages with Corinne Bailey Rae, Rafael Saadiq, Common, Brittany Howard, and many others. A Pushcart Prize-winning poet, her work was featured in the Library of America anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (2020). Jamila recently made her television debut, performing SULA (Paperback) on Colbert on Jan 6th, 2021, and is currently conceptualizing her next album due out Oct 2023.

Presenting partners

​​The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives within the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms an academic forum. 


The Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival seeks to bring together communities on and off campus, locally and nationally, to embrace the values and guiding principles of OMAI/First Wave. This year’s festival culminates an academic year-long partnership between OMAI and the Division of the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, presenting a series of short-term residencies with interdisciplinary artists who represent the three pillars of academics, arts and activism. The residency series has brought Jay Adana and Zeniba Now, Jasmine Mans, Porsha Olayiwola, and headlining performer Eve L. Ewing to UW–Madison. This gathering would not be possible without the generous support of our presenting partners: Division of the Arts; Wisconsin Union Theater; A Room of One’s Own Bookstore; Professor Mark H. of the Department of Theater and Drama; Professors Nate Marshall, Paul Tran, and Amy Quan Barry of the Department of Creative Writing.

COVID-19 Event Policies

Please note that masks will be required at all indoor Line Breaks events on and off the UW-Madison campus, while vaccines and booster shots are highly encouraged. Details about UW-Madison event policies can be found at

Additionally, to offer the safest environment possible for our patrons, artists, employees, volunteers and community, the Overture Center has implemented the following requirements for everyone who enters the building, whether visiting the ticket office and galleries or attending a show, meeting or event.


Past Line Break Festivals

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Line Breaks - First Wave and Guest Performers 2021

The First Wave 13th cohort presents: Only Human

Line Breaks - First Wave and Guest Performers 2019

First Wave Flash Talks

  • Emeka: Art Creates Art Creates, Tiffany Ike
  • Research & Documentary Film: A Case for Muhammad Ali’s Influence on Hip Hop, Mackenzie Berry
  • Research in Practice: A Case for Addressing Mass Incarceration through the Arts, Mackenzie Berry
  • In the Peak of Summer, Francisco Velazquez
  • Providing an Accessible Art Education, Masha Vodyanyk
  • Black Arts Matter, Shasparay Lighteard

Visual Arts Showcase featuring Nikolai Hagen, Joi Brenson, Isha Camara, Auzzie Dodson,

Janaé Hu, Masha Vodyanyk, and Adjua Nsoroma

First Wave Poetry Showcase featuring Natasha Oladokun, Isha Camara, and Mackenzie Berry

UpRise Poetry Collective

Thiahera Nurse Writing Workshop

James D. Gavins Movement Workshop

Feast of Flowers, Jamie Dawson

DAL: Stories of Black Motherhood, Tiffany Ike

Citizen X, Ricardo Cortez de la Cruz II

Cicada, James D. Gavins

Fifth Year: A Collaboration, Nia Scott

The Help, Jasmine Kiah

Return Home to Us, Solomon Roller

Unlearning God, Tiffany Ike

Love U(s) First, Dequadray White

First Wave Music Showcase

Line Breaks - First Wave and Guest Performers 2018

When I was a kid, Kenneth Dizon

Diary of  a Shapeshifter, Mariam Coker

First Wave Music Showcase, Obasi Davis, Hiwot Adilow, Dequadray White, Tehan Ketema, Chetta Hill, First Wave cypher

Louisville Lip: MC Muhammad Ali, Mackenzie Berry

Line Breaks - First Wave and Guest Performers 2017

Tearing Down the Walls, First Wave Touring Ensemble (2017)

First Wave Poetry Sharing  (2017)

First Wave 10th Cohort

Dancing Towards Change, Featured Local Dance Artists

Music Workshop, led by Nathan France, Daniel Kaplan & Eric Newble

 Love Has No Season, Featured Artist, Rain Wilson

Music Workshop, led by Nathan France, Daniel Kaplan & Eric Newble Garrett Pauli


Kaleidoscopes/Collide of Scopes Poster


Kaleidoscopes/Collide of Scopes

Goddess At Your Feet Poster


Goddess At Your Feet

The Sun Doesn't Always Come Out Tomorrow Poster


The Sun Doesn’t Always Come Out Tomorrow

Where Guilt Exists Poster


Where Guilt Exists

Ball and Chain Poster


Ball and Chain

Romeo and Juliet Poster


Romeo and Juliet

Garrett Pauli Headshot



Line Breaks - First Wave and Guest Performers 2016

Line Breaks - Guest Performers (2005 - 2015)

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.

Jamila Woods (2015): Poet and vocalist.

Line Breaks - First Wave Performers (2008 - 2015)

First Wave 1st Cohort Ensemble (2008): Performing The Wheatley Prompt, Chisel me Man, On Loving and Learning, Puppets, I am Woman, Hear us Roar, Casualties – Casualties, The Sound Of, Yusef, Immigrante, Goodbye.

Alida Cardos-Whaley (2008): Performing Underground Rail Hop Revolution.

First Wave 2nd Cohort Ensemble (2009): Performing Boomboxed.

Ben Young (2009): Performing The Void.

Karl Iglesias (2009): Performing If a Tree Falls.

Gabriel De Los Reyes (2009): Performing Formal Introduction.

First Wave 3rd Cohort Ensemble (2010): Performing The Issue.

Danez Smith (2010): Performing The Problem With Sundays.

Camea Osborn (2010): Performing Langely Street.

Jessica Diaz-Hurtado (2010): Performing El Viejo Detras Del Escritorio or The Old Man Behind the Desk.

2nd Cohort Works (2010): Asia Elliot, Gabriel De Los Reyes & Angela Thompson – Performing Built into the Walls // Rebekah Blocker, Leslie Thomas, Camea Osborn, Dianna Harris & Asia Elliot – Performing Get a Room // Michael Sherer, Ben Young, Krystal Gartley, Rebekah Blocker, Andrew Thomas, & James Gavins – Performing Home is Where

First Wave 4th Cohort Ensemble (2011): Performing Control Alt Delete.

First Wave 1st Cohort Ensemble Show (2011): Performing Dog Years: A Wisconsin Experience

Danez Smith (2011): Performing For Those Who Pray in Closets.

Jasmine Mans (2011): Performing Bloody Mary

Asia Elliot (2011): Performing Working Class

Gayle Smaller (2011): Performing In Other News

William Giles (2011): Performing Still Born

Kelsey Van Ert (2011): Performing Birdies

Cydney Edwards (2011): Performing Get a Room

First Wave Music Ensemble (2011): Boomboxed – The Remix.

First Wave 5th Cohort Ensemble (2012): Performing Common Denominator

Shameaca Moore & Myriha Burton (2012): Performing Duo Show – Failing with an A

Ashley Street (2012): Performing The Silent Streets are Burning

Nakila Robinson (2012): Performing Little Big Woman

First Wave 2013 Touring Ensemble: Performing Shock

Dominic Nicholas & Jill Fukumoto (2012): Performing Duo Show – Forget It

First Wave 6th Cohort Ensemble (2013): Performing Welcome Mat at Capacity.

Dakota Alcantara-Camacho (2013): Performing Buried Beneath Bombs and Lattes

Asia Elliot (2013): Performing Working Class

Nakila Robinson (2013): Performing Little Big Woman

Natalie Cook (2013): Performing Some May Think Light isn’t Heavy

Gethsemane Herron-Coward (2013): Performing Witness

First Wave 2013 Touring Ensemble: Performing Kingdom Bequeath

Dominique Ricks (2013): Performing Cross-Walk

Richard Jones Jr. & Rebekah Blocker (2013) Performing duo show PPK: Parenting Preachers’ Kids

Erika Dickerson (2013): Performing Cult of Blk Bodies

Marlon Eric Lima (2013): Performing Don’t Just Stand There

Niko Tumamak (2013): Performing The S**t We Go Through

First Wave 7th Cohort Ensemble (2014): Performing Fire Under the Skin

Erika Dickerson (2014): Performing Cult of Blk Bodies

Elton Ferdinand III (2014): Performing Flounder

The Bellhops (2014): Performing Honey in my Tea

T Banks (2014): Ensemble Performing Loud and Unchained

Nakila Robinson & Ashley Street (2014): Performing Duo Show – The Miseducation of Mil Chet

First Wave 8th Cohort (2015): Performing Staying Hungry.

Hiwot Adilow (2015): mine.

Melana Bass (2015): What does In/Justice Look Like

Jill Fukomoto (2015): Liminal Creatures.

LaLa Bolander (2015): SPILL.

Zhalarina Sanders (2015): Rose Gold.

Natalie Cook (2015): Manikin.

Garrett Pauli (2015): Skeletons of Silence.

Ajanae Dawkins (2015): Atlantic.

John Paul Alejandro (2015): In the Belly of the Iron Beast.

T Banks (2015): Loud and Unchained – Spiritual.

Kelsey Pyro (2015): Break the Cycle.

Joseph Verge (2015): Labels.

FXFW: First by First Wave (2015): Featuring CRASHprez, Lord of the Fly, Broadway, Amy Alida, Sean Avery , with Special Performance of Joseph Verge’s “Labels”

Rich Robbins (2015): Opening for Jamilia Woods

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