Danny Hoch is an actor, playwright and director whose plays "Pot Melting," "Some People," and "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop" have garnered many awards including two OBIES, a NEA Solo Theatre Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre and a Tennessee Williams Fellowship. He is a Senior Fellow at the New School's Vera List Center For Art & Politics and his writings on hip-hop, race and class have appeared in The Village Voice and New York Times, among others; his book "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop" is in its second printing by Villard Books/Random House. Mr. Hoch also founded the "Hip-Hop Theater Festival" in 2000 which has since presented over 75 hip-hop generation plays from all over the world. A third-generation New Yorker who grew up during the birth of hip-hop culture in a multiracial outer-borough neighborhood, Danny brings together his inner monologues, layered composites of stories and voices form his personal experiences, stories of his community and his generation, placing traditionally peripheral characters center stage. An urban griot for the communities of urban North America, Hoch combines Hip-Hop's worldview and expressive strategies of resistance, along with storytelling riffs, actively exploring language in order to move the audience from being passively entertained to become actively engaged.
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