Aaron Jafferis is coming to town next week with his play Shakespeare: The Remix (music by Gihieh Lee), and then he's staying on to spend three weeks working with Tamworth's kids at the K. A. Brett School. Here are a few fun facts about Aaron ( you can read lots more about him and about all his work here):
Aaron Jafferis is a poet, playwright, and lyricist. He is the winner of a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and a former Open Rap Slam winner at the National Poetry Slam Championships. He holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University and a B.A. in Arts & Social Change from UC Berkeley. Mr. Jafferis has taught poetry, playwriting, and hip hop theatre – in English and Spanish – for 10 years, with a particular emphasis on working with inner city youth and underserved populations in alternative educational settings. Mr. Jafferis, a former poet-in-residence with the Yale-New Haven Children's Child Life Arts and Enrichment Program, is responsible for the creation of the poetry program at YNHCH and the publication of two books of patient writing. Mr. Jafferis now facilitates special projects for teens at YNHCH.
Another thing you might not know about him: he can levitate!
Aaron’s residency is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, and is made possible with support of business sponsor Hidden Automotive, The Tamworth Foundation, the K. A. Brett School, and the Tamworth PTA.