University of Wisconsin–Madison
Incoming undergraduate student Kelsey Van Ert performs a spoken-word

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The First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble is a groundbreaking collective of spoken word poets, emcees, dancers, singers, actors, and hip hop artists attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ensemble is the performance company of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, founded by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI). First Wave is an emerging leader on the national hip-hop theater scene, pushing the boundaries of poetry, dance, theater, and other performance arts.

If you’re interested in booking the Touring Ensemble, any First Wave student-artist, or any member of the recruitment and outreach team for a performance, workshop, and/or presentation, please email
Gia P. Euler-Plath, the Outreach Coordinator at

All performance requests will be reviewed by OMAI staff and evaluated on a set of criteria including alignment with OMAI’s mission and schedule considerations.