Rhymez and Rhythmz Performance Series

Features today’s hottest literary and performing artists!

This free performance series, hosted by rap phenomenon Avery Collins, highlights professional and emerging artists.

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Arts for Business, Dialogue for Success

A 15-week program using theater as a career-training tool. This educational program trains local youth in all areas of theater, dance, music, visual arts, and videography, and connects them with professional artists who serve as mentors.

In addition to reaching a core group of youth in our intensive workshops, we are able to attract a larger audience who attend our weekly master-classes conducted by our mentors. Upon completion of the program, participating youth are hired in our professional productions, including those highlighted in our sample submissions.
Graduates of our program are also provided access to job opportunities with our organization through the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Services.


Ife Franklin’s

Indigo Slave Project

Engages local communities in
building cabins to honor the lives of formerly enslaved Africans/African Americans.

In addition to creating live installations, learning about the history of local and national enslavement and emancipation, participants dance and sing in a ring-shout led by artist, Ife Franklin.

Meet The Artist Interview Series

Co-Host Avery Collins and Jarrell Tha Griot speak with each month's R&R featured artist about their journey. 

The Justice Playbook

The Justice Playbook uses theatre to engage our local communities in crucial conversations about tensions between police and communities of color.

This program connects our youth, professional artists, partnering organizations, local police, community members, and
businesses operating in the District.