Marc Bamuthi Joseph, originally from NYC, is an arts activist currently living in Oakland, California. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award winner, featured artist on the past two seasons of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO and a recipient of 2002 and 2004 National Performance Network Creation commissions. In recent years he has toured through Tokyo where he was presented during the 1st International Spoken Word Festival and Santiago de Cuba where he joined the legendary Katherine Dunham as a part of the CubaNola Collective. He has entered the world of literary performance after crossing the sands of “traditional” theater, most notably on Broadway in the Tony Award winning The Tap Dance Kid and Stand-Up Tragedy. His evening-length work Word Becomes Flesh represents the completion of his third play, having already staged De/Cipher (Theater Artaud and Yerba Buena Center, 2001) and No Man's Land (ODC, 2002). Word Becomes Flesh has found a home in the seasons of Seattle's On The Boards, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.'s Dance Place and New York's Dance Theater Workshop among other national venues. In 2007, his work, Scourge, will be presented internationally in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. His performances have been described as everything from “electrifying” (The Houston Chronicle), to “ever-elegant” (The Washington Post) and have compelled The Seattle Times to name him their “cutting edge performer of the year” for 2003. In their recent review of Word Becomes Flesh, the New York Times declared his work to be “eloquent. . .seamless. . .and remarkable.” Bamuthi’s next project, The Breaks, is an international travel diary across planet hip hop, based on Can’t Stop Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang. He will develop this piece while completing the prestigious Arts Institute Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Visit him at myspace.com/bamuthi