Marc Bamuthi Joseph

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Born 1975 (age 42–43)
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Poet, dancer, playwright, musician, actor

Marc Bamuthi Joseph (born 1975) is a spoken-word poet, dancer, and playwright[1] who frequently directs stand alone hip-hop theater plays.[2] His works include Word Becomes Flesh, De/Cipher and No Man's Land. He collaborated with Rennie Harris in 2007 to create Scourge, a play about Haiti's social-economical struggles. Joseph directed the play while Harris served as the choreographer.[3][4] In 2008 he created the break/s, a play based on the book Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang.[2]

As a young man Joseph worked with the Senegalese National Ballet. He went on to work with Katherine Dunham, Joe Hahn, Mos Def, and Bonnie Raitt.[5] Joseph was a National Poetry Slam champion in 1999,[6] and a 2006 recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.[7] His work was featured in episodes of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO in 2004 and 2005.[8] In the Fall of 2007 he appeared on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.[2] Two of his works have been featured at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Chicago, Sudan in 2011, and the break/s in 2007.[9]

He is currently the Chief of Program and Pedagogy at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


  1. ^ Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings spirit to poems, by Jeffrey Gantz, May 11, 2012, The Boston Globe
  2. ^ a b c Marc Bamuthi Joseph: A Leading Voice in Performance and Arts Education
  3. ^ "The Living Word Project: Scorge". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Vigil, Delfin (April 24, 2005). "Hip-hop theater is a party for the people". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
  5. ^ University of Wisconsin-Madison: Mark Bamuthi Joseph, artist in residence
  6. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc., 2007
  7. ^ United States Artists: USA Fellows
  8. ^ The Living Word Project: Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  9. ^ "Socially Engaged Without Preaching", by Felicia. R. Lee, The New York Times: Theater, October 26, 2012

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