Back to All Events

Aaron Jafferis artist residency

Spoken word poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis takes Tamworth by storm January 8th – 13th.  Through hip-hop theater and performance poetry, Jafferis explores human identity.  Using rhythm and verbs he tells his story of growing up in New Haven, CT with honesty and honor, and teaches us to tell our own.

Arts Council of Tamworth welcomes Jafferis for a weeklong artist’s residency, culminating in a final performance on Friday, January 13th at the Tamworth Lyceum at 7pm.  Jafferis and beatboxer Chris Celiz will perform Aaron’s original work Smooth Criminal, “the story of a nerdy New Haven kid desperate to liberate his people—as soon as he can figure out who they are.”

Tickets are Choose Your Own Ticket Price: Adults, $5-$30, Kids, $0-$5 and can be reserved online here. Coffee and small plates will be available for purchase.

Jafferis will serve as guest minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slope on Sunday, January 8th at 10am, followed by a workshop at 1pm focused on the intersections of hip-hop and social justice.  On Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm, Aaron will give a workshop at Cook Memorial Library in which participants will explore their own sense of self and understanding of their history through writing and performance. All workshops are free and open to the public.

Aaron Jafferis is a hip-hop poet and playwright whose honors include a Creative Capital Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, NEFA National and a MacDowell Fellowship.  "I write to link my personal experience with what’s happening in the world," says Jafferis. 

This 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.  Support also comes from area sponsors:  The Other Store, BEAM Construction, Club Motorsports, Cooper Cargill & Chant, Settler’s Green, White Mountain Oil & Propane, White Mountain Survey & Engineering, Winnipesaukee Driving School.


Guest appearance at Lila Downs' concert at the 2011 Sundance Theatre Lab in Banff, Canada. Words by Aaron Jafferis, music by Yayo Serka, movement by Jon Rua. Dedicated to June Jordan, Zanette Lewis, and all our electric artist/teachers. ------------ Lyrics: Back in the day... No.

HOW TO BREAK is a new play about a hospitalized teenager fighting with her caregivers and a fellow patient about what it means to be "ill." Created by Aaron Jafferis, Adam Matta, Chris Edwards, Kwikstep, Rebecca Hart, Rokafella, and Yako 440, HOW TO BREAK will be presented at the ARTS Rx Festival in New Haven, October 3-6, by Collective Consciousness Theatre.
Norways first Hip-Hop Theatre Festival! Oslo 28th Feb - 3rd March 2014. Aaron Jafferis writer/ performer from " How to Break" performs at Dramatikkens Hus Oslo for the Open Mic. His Slam Poetry on white privilege. With DJ Brown 13 on the Wheels of Steel!
Earlier Event: October 21
TUELO :: Live at The Barnstormers
Later Event: April 23
Arts Tamworth Benefit Auction