Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Performing Arts, 2006

A New York City native, Marc Bamuthi Joseph lives and works in Oakland, California. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, and his work has been presented in Tokyo during the 1st International Spoken Word Festival and in Santiago, Cuba where he joined the legendary Katherine Dunham as a part of the CubaNola Collective. His evening-length works include Word Becomes Flesh, presented at On The Boards in Seattle, Houston’s DiverseWorks, Washington, DC’s Dance Place, and New York’s Dance Theater Workshop; as well as De/Cipher and No Man’s Land, which were presented extensively in San Francisco. Joseph has been a featured lecturer and performance artist at many universities and served as an Institute for Diversity in the Arts resident artist in Stanford University’s Drama Department, where he taught spoken word and community action.

Awards and Accomplishments


Bamuthi Joseph receives a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for /peh-LO-tah/


Bamuthi Joseph is named a Doris Duke Artist as part of the inaugural class of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards


Bamuthi Joseph is awarded the 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts in the Threater category

2007: Joseph is rated amongst _Smithsonian Magazine_’s Top 37 Innovators Under 36

2006: Joseph receives USA Artists Award