Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) is dedicated to presenting and showcasing theater written by and about the Hip-Hop generation. Since 2004, its creators have worked with emerging and established artists to develop work that broadens conversations around Hip-Hop on a global scale. Dedicated to inciting dialogue and social change, Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) recognizes the power of Hip-Hop and the power of theater as a medium. For a culture whose impact can be seen and felt around the globe, Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) works to shine light on the diversity and innovation within the world of Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) has showcased the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop live and on stage. All around the world Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) is known as one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts. Since its inception, Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS) has presented hundreds of artists including: Danny Hoch, Aya de Leon, Baba Israel, Kristina Wong, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Liza Colon Zayas, Chad Boseman, Ase Dance Theater Collective, The Suicide Kings, Rha Goddess, Kris Diaz, Ben Snyder, Holly Bass, Jerry Quickley, Sarah Jones, Will Power, Alan Ket, Enrique PART ONE Torres, Jennifer Armas, olive Dance Theatre, Ishle Park, The Beatnuts, The Roots, Common, Kanye West, Rubberbandance Company, Kelly Zen-Yi Tsai, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Nilaja Sun, Frank Ejara, Eisa Davis, Niels Storm, Rabitsky, Psalmayen 24, UNIVERSES, J. Kyle Manzay and many more.
Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For fifteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, advancing urban art by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Hi-ARTS is adding to the legacy of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival at an exciting stage of growth that engages Hip-Hop while creating the new urban arts.
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