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Baba Israel (Writer/Performer/Deviser) was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He developed as a young artist exploring spoken word, Hip Hop, and experimental performance. He lived and worked in Australia working on major community theatre projects and Hip Hop festivals. He has toured as an emcee, beatboxer, and theatre artist across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. He has shared the stage with artists such as Outkast, The Roots, Rahzel, Lester Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and Vernon Reid.
His solo show Boom Bap Meditations (2008) was supported by the Ford Foundation and The Hip Hop Theatre Festival.He has worked on sound design for theatre and dance projects such as Renita Martin’s It is the Seeing and Rha Goddess’s Meditations with the Goddess.
He was Artistic Director and CEO of Contact Theatre in Manchester from 2009- 2012. Contact is a leading international organization at the intersection of the arts and youth leadership. During his tenure he created flagship festivals, directed and produced touring productions, and programmed seasons that focused on innovative and diverse work.
He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Playback NYC Theatre Company who are developing projects to support immigrant communities in Long Island. He is an educator and consultant working with organizations such as Urban Word, BAM, and the University of Madison. He has also worked as a cultural ambassador with the State Department delivering workshops and performances across South East Asia, the South Pacific, and in Gambia and Turkey.
He is currently in residence at BRIC House as part of their Fireworks Residency developing The Spinning Wheel, inspired by his late father Steve Ben Israel in collaboration with Leo Kay (Unfinished Business) and Yako 440. Baba is in the studio recording the debut album for his new band Soul Inscribed who have been chosen by the American Music Abroad to tour in 2016 as cultural ambassadors.