The Kennedy Center

Hip Hop Theater Festival


Founded in 2000, The Hip Hop Theater Festival continues to invigorate the fields of theater and Hip Hop by: nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip Hop aesthetic; presenting and touring American and international artists whose work addresses the issues relevant to the Hip Hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education that celebrates contemporary language and culture.

In each of its Festival cities, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco, The Hip Hop Theater Festival presents live events created by artists who stretch, invent and combine a variety of theatrical forms, including theater, dance, spoken word and live music sampling. Through open submissions and aggressive curating both nationally and internationally, the Hip Hop Theater Festival is fully dedicated to finding, developing and introducing to the public new artistic creations from a diversity of cultures and points of view.

An ongoing goal of Hip Hop Theater Festival is to encourage the manifestation of Hip Hop Theater as a recognized genre by commissioning and developing new work and helping Hip Hop Theater Festival artists build coalitions, collaborations and networks with other artists and institutions around the United States and the world.

Hip Hop Theater Festival also strives to bring new, younger audiences to the theater in large numbers, in an effort to ensure the future of live performance. To this end, Hip Hop Theater Festival is steadfast in presenting work that is accessible to everyone, regardless of race, class, age or gender. And through a creative mix of traditional marketing techniques and guerilla tactics, the Festival has enjoyed sold-out houses, educational workshops and previews filled to capacity.
Hip Hop Theater Festival