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{Marc Bamuthi Joseph }
A Leading Voice in Performance and Arts Education

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.

He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary "Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices" and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists". In May 2011, Bamuthi was announced as the year's Alpert Award winner in Theater.

After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. These include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Walker Art Center in the Spring of 2008.

Bamuthi's most recent work is red, black & GREEN: a blues(rbGb), a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era.

The play is an outgrowth of Life is Living, co-founded by Bamuthi, which is a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.

Interviews, poems, films and murals from Life is Living are being translated into text, choreography and imagery that express the challenge of living green where violent crime and poor education pose a more imminent danger than ecological crisis, and that reveal emerging definitions of environmentalism in these communities.

A gifted and nationally acclaimed educator and essayist, Bamuthi has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities, been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, LeHigh University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin.

Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival and Left Coast Leaning.

"…[H]e continues to excel as a cutting edge artist forging his own hybrid medium—an amalgam of rap music, poetry, movement, and theater…he's an electrifying performer and a great storyteller."
- The Seattle Times
"Eloquent...seamless...and remarkable."
-The New York Times
"Rarely do word and movement mesh so seamlessly and elegantly. . . [Joseph's] stories put sound and gesture on a single continuum of expression."
-Washington Post
"He speaks to the issues and ideas that are relevant and inspiring to all of us committed to social justice, to understanding ourselves and our world, and making a difference with our work. Marc is not just a triple-threat performer. He's a thinker, a poet, an activist and a choreographer - someone whose thoughts and ideas resonate with all of us."
— Kenneth J. Foster, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco