Green Festival Speakers

Marc Bamuthi Joseph



Marc Bamuthi Joseph identifies as father, husband, educator, artist,and second generation American. His roots are on Broadway (The Tap Dance Kid; Stand Up Tragedy), his grounding is in spoken word, (1999 National Poetry Slam Champion; HBO’s Def Poetry) and his recent internationally commissioned post-hip hop theater works include ‘red, black and GREEN: a blues’ and ‘the break/s.’ He is artistic director emeritus and founding program director of the literary arts nonprofit Youth Speaks, for which he curated the Living Word Festival, Life is Living, and Left Coast Leaning as well as the documentary series “Brave New Voices” for HBO. His many honors include the USA Rockefeller Fellowship (2006), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2011),the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Leadership Award (2012), the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012) and a re-mounting of Word Becomes Flesh for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masterpieces” series (2010). After associate professorships at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin, Joseph now teaches in the graduate division in the English department at Mills College. He currently serves as Director of Performing Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.