Drama Desk Award-winning beatbox artist, Broadway performer, songwriter, and poet Chesney Snow brings his work as beatbox/vocal percussionist and pioneer in American beatbox culture to Princeton with a presentation on sound design using Foley performance gear. Snow’s visit is part of the spring “Sound Design” course led by Robert Kaplowitz and Jessica Paz.
Free and open to the public.
CHESNEY SNOW is a Drama Desk award winner and a 3 time Artist in Residence at Harvard University with the Office of the Arts. He most recently appeared in Two River Theater’s production of Oo Bla Dee written by Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor and directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago Hudson. He was a composer and lyricist for the McCarter Theatre’s 2018 production of Crowns alongside Pulitzer finalist and Obie winner Diedre Murray at Princeton University. He also appeared in McCarter Theatre’s “Princeton and Slavery Plays” directed by Carl Cofield. Snow is an interdisciplinary artist. He released his debut album on Warner Music in Europe as the songwriter for his group Spoken Love.
Considered a pioneering figure in American beatbox culture, Snow co-founded the American Beatbox Championships where he served as the executive producer for 7 years. The annual event held in New York City is a 3-day international arts festival featuring performances, film screenings, workshops, gallery exhibitions, panel discussions, and of course beatboxing battles of all kinds. Snow also created, produced, and starred in the feature documentary American Beatboxer which was placed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame archive as well as Schomburg Center for Black Research, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, and the Harvard University Hip Hop archive. The film was licensed by Sean “P Diddy” Combs’ Revolt TV (Time Warner) after receiving accolades at numerous domestic and international film festivals.
Snow recently starred on Broadway in the a cappella musical In Transit at Circle In The Square. He originated the role of “Boxman” both on and off Broadway. He has headlined Carnegie Hall twice with Distinguished Concerts International. His critically acclaimed autobiographical choreopoem The Unwritten Law was commissioned by Dixon Place experimental theatre and hailed as “Political Theatre at its best. The most powerful theatre I have ever witnessed” by Broadwayworld.
For over two decades Snow’s work as a teaching artist has centered on engaging the arts as a vehicle for social change and empowerment. He has been a collaborator with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell for over 10 years developing performances, workshops, and dialog surrounding the arts and education with the United Nations. He has taught workshops and masterclasses in countless prisons, hospitals, public and private schools and universities including Harvard University, Juilliard, New York University, University of Wisconsin Platteville, the Kingdom of Bhutan, and the U.S. State Department with American Voices, as well as numerous theaters throughout the country. He is a long time teaching artist with New Victory Theater and more recently with The Town Hall in New York City where he created a storytelling intensive with young incarcerated men in Rikers Island Correctional facility.
Alexander Street, between Lawrence Drive in Princeton and Canal Pointe Boulevard in West Windsor, will close for about six months beginning on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, for road construction.
Construction makes traveling to campus more time consuming. Traffic congestion from all routes to campus during peak times (weekdays, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) will be higher than normal. Drivers traveling to campus along Route 1 will see the greatest delays.