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Line Breaks Festival Showcase - Danez Smith, First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble - <span class="date-display-single">04/01/2022 - 7:00pm</span>

Line Breaks Festival Showcase

04/01/2022 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Playhouse Theater

This evening showcase will include performances by First Wave 14th Cohort Ensemble, First Wave Touring Ensemble, and conclude with a debut staging of summer, somewhere by First Wave alum Danez Smith, featuring a small ensemble of First Wave scholars directed by Professor Chris Walker.


The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. You can register for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/line-breaks-hip-hop-theater-festival-showcase-registration-271337938077?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Danez Smith

About Presenter Danez Smith


Danez Smith is the author of HomieDon’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert boy], winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. They live in Minneapolis



About Presenter First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble


The First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble (FWTE) is a groundbreaking collective of spoken word poets, emcees, dancers, singers, actors, and activists from across the United States. FWTE represents the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Learning Community at UW-Madison, the world's first and only full tuition scholarship for Hip Hop and urbans arts. They create works that unpack the personal narrative as a route to academic engagement, artistic productivity and community engagement.


They have performed in England, Mexico, Panama, Africa, Australia, and Jamaica as well as across the USA including featured performances on Broadway and annual performance keynote at the Boys & Girl Club Keystone Conference.  Touring Members host workshops and performances in local and regional high school and community spaces.


FWTE Members for 2021-22 are Azura Tyabji (Seattle), Jackson Neal (Houston), Marjan Naderi (DC), Sarah Abbas (St. Louis), & Zachary Lesmeister (St. Louis).

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