Hip Hop and Shakespeare Workshops with Malik Work

at the National Building Museum

August 05 – 07, 2022
National Building Museum
Free with museum admission

Actor-writer-musician Malik Work leads this interactive workshop to unveil the tools of theater and storytelling through the celebrated work of Shakespeare and the equally innovative and relevant work of contemporary Hip Hop.

Have fun playing with Shakespeare’s words (and perhaps some of your own) and Hip-Hop beats, while growing as performers, scholars, and an artistic community. This workshop explores the commonly overlooked intersections between the traditions found in both Shakespeare’s theater and Hip-Hop music. Using the unique qualities of one to inform the other, participants will experiment by performing and delivering text with evolving rhythms. Then, they’ll compose verse with verbal innovation, compelling imagery, and dramatic intention at its center. The workshop hopes to inspire current and future creators to cross boundaries and reimagine the future of storytelling and performance.

Work is a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking jazz/hip hop conglomerate. He’s written and performed a hip hop musical called Verses @ Work, a one-man show, that toured with the Public Theater and garnered him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. His most recent network television credits are Broad City and Blacklist: Redemption. Work is also the voice of Planet Word, an immersive museum of the English language in Washington, DC. He’s composed and performed poetry for Webby Award-winning project People Not Property with Historic Hudson Valley. He is currently the central artist in Preservation Long Island’s Jupiter Hammon Project.

Three sessions offered:

Friday, August 5 at 2pm  |  ages 11+

Saturday, August 6 at 12:30pm  |  ages 6-10

Sunday, August 7 at 12:30pm  |  ages 6-10