Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Aaron Jafferis

Aaron has performed his hip hop poetry at Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center, and the National Poetry Slam Championships, where he is a former Open Rap Slam champion. He creates dynamic hip hop poetry and slam performances and workshops for schools and theatres.

Workshops can be booked independently or in conjunction with a performance of one of his hip-hop plays and musicals: How to Break, Kingdom, Stuck Elevator, Shakespeare: The Remix, or No Lie. Workshops range in duration from an hour-and-a-half session to a semester-long project, and combine the study of master works with the creation of new student work. Residencies culminate in a student theatrical performance, staged reading, poetry café, slam, or chapbook publication.

Workshops for youth include Exploring Diversity, Hip Hop Theatre, Poetry in the Classroom, Shakespeare Remixed, and Theatre as Social Action. Teacher Trainings include Theatre in the Classroom, Race and Diversity for Teachers, and Parent-Teacher Communication.

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Additional Links: 
Hip hop poem about Obama, hip hop, and America.
Stuck Elevator is an operatic solo performance about a trapped man. Our hero is Kuang, prompted by Ming Kuang Chen, the real-life Chinese restaurant deliveryman who survived 81 hours in a Bronx elevator in April 2005.

I Have Worked With

  • May 2015

    Teaching Hip-Hop Theatre for Social Change to senior class, developing work in response to Aaron and Byron Au Yong's new work-in-progress Trigger.

    State: CT
    Date: 9/2008
    Activity: Arts instruction/lessons
    Email: ischaeffer@aces.org
    Phone: 203 777-5451

  • April 2015

    Writing Residency with composer Byron Au Yong to work on Trigger, a choral work about community loosely prompted by the Virginia Tech Tragedy..

  • April 2015

    Founding director of The Word, a citywide youth poetry jam, involving over 100 young people in 20+ New Haven public middle schools and high schools in the creation and performance of original poetry and rap.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Aaron
Job Title/Position: 
writer / performer
Fax: 
646 546-9343
Mailing Address: 
36 CLIFTON STREET
SECOND FLOOR
NEW HAVEN, CT 06513
Physical Address: 
36 Clifton Street
New Haven, CT 06513
Last Name: 
Jafferis
Phone: 
203 468-9897

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Playwriting
Year Founded: 
2001
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Dramatists Guild
Awards: 
Creative Capital Award (Stuck Elevator)
Sundance Institute / Time Warner Fellowship
Richard Rodgers Award
NEFA National Theatre Project Grant
Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
MacDowell Fellowship
Thomas Barbour Playwright's Award (How to Break)
Best Musical, Best Book of 2008-09 (Kingdom), Newark Star-Ledger; 50 Writers to Watch, The Dramatist, 2007; Open Rap Slam, 1997 National Poetry Slam Championships
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Varies according to workshop.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
12

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500