Aaron Jafferis

Performing Arts, 2009

Aaron Jafferis is a poet, librettist and performer. His works include the libretto for the hip-hop musical Kingdom, the solo theater work No Lie, and the play Shakespeare: The Remix. His poetry has been performed by the dance company Urban Bush Women and has appeared in many publications, including The Nation and Northeast Magazine. He has performed his work at the Kennedy Center and Madison Square Garden, among other venues. Jafferis’s awards include a 1997 National Poetry Slam Championship and a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and received his MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU.

Awards and Accomplishments


Jafferis and Au Yong are artists-in-residence at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT


Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong are artists-in-residence at the Sundance Institute at MASS MoCA in December

2011: Au Yong and Jafferis are chosen for a three-week developmental retreat as part of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for _Stuck Elevator_

2010: Jafferis and Au Yong receive development residency from the Yale Institute for Musical Theatre for _Stuck Elevator_

2009: Jafferis and Au Yong are Asian/Pacific/American Institute Artists-in-Residence at New York University