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Samita Sinha
Apr. 26 — Apr. 26, 2014

Open Voice Youth Workshops-private / Sadie Nash Leadership project
New York, NY
Set pieces by Theaster Gates for rbGb. Photo by Bethanie Hines.^1 Word Becomes Flesh 2011. Photo by Jati Lindsay/Hip Hop Theater Festival^1 Word Becomes Flesh 2011. Photo by Jati Lindsay/Hip Hop Theater Festival^1 Life is Living Chicago 2009. Photo by Bethanie Hines.^1 Life is Living Oakland 2009. Photo by Bethanie Hines.^1 Word Becomes Flesh 2011. Photo by Jati Lindsay/Hip-Hop Theater Festival^1 Word Becomes Flesh 2011. Photo by Jati Lindsay/Hip Hop Theater Festival^1

Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project

Tommy Shepherd (Composer & Performer) aka Emcee Soulati, is an actor, playwright, composer, educator, b-boy, rapper, drummer, and beatboxer. Tommy is co-founder of the live hip hop collective, Felonious: onelovehiphop, a resident company at Intersection for the Arts. Shepherd created the original music and performed in their recent project Angry Black White Boy. Shepherd is a Hybrid Resident Artist at Intersection, a member of Campo Santo, and a performer with Erika Chong Shuch's ESP project. He acted in and created the score for Nobody Move and Hamlet: Blood in the Brain by Naomi Iizuka; and created the sound design and score with Howard Wiley for A Place To Stand. He also acted, beatboxed, and composed a live score with Scheherazade Stone for Domino by Campo Santo. In 2007 he created and performed his first one act solo, The MF in ME. Shepherd was a commissioned artist, co-creator and performer of Raw Dios for headrush crew, which toured Berkeley, Denver and to the famed El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. Shepherd has performed and toured internationally with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, collaborating on Scourge and the break/s.

Traci Tolmaire (Performer) is an actor, dancer, and singer from Chicago. Her training in theatre arts and dance include a BA in Theatre from Spelman College, theatrical studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and dance training at Sammy Dyer School of Theatre (Chicago), Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance Company, and classes with master teachers Katherine Dunham and Savion Glover. Her theatrical credits include Anansi the Spider (Marin Theatre Company); Rejoice! (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); IPH... a translation of Iphigeneia at Aulis by Euripides (Brava Theater/African-American Shakespeare Company); In the Wake by Lisa Kron (understudy, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Mirrors In Every Corner directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo); Susan Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays series (Hartford Stage Company); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Fulton Opera House); and Trouble in Mind (Actor's Express). Tolmaire also worked as choreographer for Hartford Stage Company's production of Gee's Bend, Connecticut Critics Circle award winner for best ensemble and Rejoice! a holiday musical at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. www.tracitolmaire.com.   

Yaw (Performer) has performed on both theatrical and musical stages. As an actor Yaw (pronounced YOWW) has had the privilege to work with such prolific playwrights as Ntozake Shange, Paul Carter Harrison and Robert O'Hara. In music Yaw has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, Floetry, Jaguar Wright, Kindred, Amel Larrieux and has backed up Eric Roberson and Liz Fields in several concerts. He is most recognized as the young singer who recently appeared as a feature on VH1's Soul Cities, a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country. Currently he is featured on Eric Roberson's latest album, Mister Nice Guy.