7/8/09 – Aaron Jafferis

09 Jul

AARON JAFFERIS has performed his hip hop poetry at Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center, and the National Poetry Slam Championships, where he is a former Open Rap Slam champion.

In 2007, Aaron was named one of “50 To Watch” by The Dramatist. His numerous plays, and collaborations have won awards and recognition from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and others. His work includes a hip hop musical Kingdom, (music by Ian Williams); a solo opera Stuck Elevator: The Super-Heroic Stationary Journey of Ming Kuang Chen; two hip hop plays: No Lie, and Shakespeare: The Remix. They have been widely produced at venues around the country from the Nuyorican Poets Café, H.E.R.E., Passage Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, to TheatreWorks and the St. Louis Black Rep, Capital Rep, Zachary Scott Theatre, and Collective Consciousness, and more. He has written poetry for the Urban Bush Women dance troupe and for The Nation and Northeast magazines.
JAFFERIS holds a BA in Arts & Social Change from the University of California at Berkeley, studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU, where he was an Alberto Vilar Global Fellow in the Performing Arts. For the last decade he has taught playwriting, poetry, and hip hop theatre in urban high schools, middle schools, and detention centers.
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