Marc Bamuthi Joseph | 20/20 Vision: A Community Forum Curator & Moderator
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. Last May, Bamuthi was announced as the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. These include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Walker Arts Center in the Spring of 2008. Bamuthi’s “Word Becomes Flesh” was re-mounted in December 2010 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masterpieces” series, and will tour throughout North America and Hawaii through 2013. Mr. Joseph’s current evening length project, red black and green: a blues documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods and is a featured project in the 2012 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition, Joseph wrote the commissioned libretto, Home in 7 for the Atlanta Ballet in 2011, and directed Dennis Kim’s Tree City Legends at Intersection for the Arts in 2012.
A gifted and nationally acclaimed educator and essayist, he has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities, been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, LeHigh University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin. Bamuthi’s proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentored 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival and Left Coast Leaning. He is the co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
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