Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, the winner of the 2011 Alpert Award in Theater, and an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He has served as an advisor and panelist for the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the PEW Charitable Trust, and the Zellerbach Family Fund, among other national philanthropies. He is the founding program director of the nonprofit Youth Speaks, and a cofounder of Life Is Living, a national series of one-day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks through hip-hop arts and focused environmental actions. Joseph recently premiered the Creative Time commission Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos in New York’s Central Park, and is currently completing a new work with Bill T. Jones for the Philadelphia Opera. He is chief of program and pedagogy at YBCA. [TK: still true?] His evening-length piece /peh-LO-tah/ was commissioned by the Kennedy Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Guggenheim Museum.