Oct. 19-21: Fall 2017 Beatboxing Residency

Rich McKeownChesney SnowPresented by: Learning From Performers and the Harvard Ed Portal, with Northeastern Crossing 

Beatboxer, film producer and Broadway actor Chesney Snow and film producer Rich McKeown will present their award-winning film American Beatboxer and a series of related events during a three-day residency co-sponsored by the Office for the Arts Learning from Performers program and the Harvard Ed Portal, in conjunction with Northeastern Crossing at Northeastern University.

Residency Events

Thursday, October 19, 6-7:30 PM: Conversation moderated by Northeastern University hip-hop faculty and mini workshop with beatboxer Chesney Snow and filmmaker Rich McKeown

Experience the history and art of beatboxing, or vocal percussion—producing drum sounds and beat patterns using the lips, tongue, mouth, throat and voice—at this workshop led by Chesney Snow, an award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter. Rich McKeown will show a trailer for his new documentary series based on "American Beatboxer."

Admission: Free; seating is limited, first come, first served, subject to venue capacity. RSVP required. Reception following.
Venue: Northeastern Crossing, Northeastern University, 1175 Tremont Street, Boston map | directions

Friday, October 20, 1-2 PM: Does the Theater Love Me? A conversation and pizza lunch with Chesney Snow about his journey from beatboxing to Broadway 

Chesney Snow will share stories about his recent run on Broadway in the musical In Transit and about collaborating on an original new theatrical project The Unwritten Law.

Admission: Open to Harvard undergrads only. Seating is limited to 18. Registration required; register here.
Venue: Office for the Arts at Harvard, 74 Mt. Auburn Street

Friday, October 20, 7 PM: Documentary film screening: American Beatboxer 

The Office for the Arts at Harvard Learning from Performers program and the Harvard Ed Portal are proud to present a screening of American Beatboxer followed by a discussion with producer Rich McKeown and executive producer and beatboxer Chesney Snow, moderated by Martha Diaz, founder of the Hip-Hop Education Center and a fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. More information

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Admission: Free and open to the public
Venue: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston map 

Saturday, October 21, 3-5 PM: A conversation with beatboxer Chesney Snow, moderated by film producer Rich McKeown, and workshop/demonstration/cypher with community

Snow and McKeown will be in conversation about the history of beatboxing and hip hop, and Snow will offer a workshop/demonstration/cypher with students and the community.

Admission: Free and open to the public
Venue: Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Pl. map 


Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter based in Brooklyn. He performed in Primary Stages’ Off Broadway hit In Transit, which received the most nominations of any Off Broadway musical of the 2010-2011 season including Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Tina, and Drama Desk nods. The show was restaged in 2016, with Snow among the cast members again.

Snow is also co-founder of the World Beatbox Association, producers of the American Beatbox Championships national beatboxing battle in New York City and the Shanghai International Beatbox Competition in China. He performed and collaborated on music and sound composition with Bryonn Bain’s Hip Hop theater performance Lyrics From Lockdown, which was executive produced by the National Black Theatre, Harry Belafonte and Gina Belafonte, and has been performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University, the Ford Foundation and the National Black Theatre. Snow co-wrote several songs with Polish electro-funk band Laki Lan on the album Armanda, recorded with world music star Zap Mama ,and was a special guest artist for MTV Unplugged Kayah in 2005.

As a stage actor, he has performed regionally at the Delaware Theatre Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Sedona as well as in numerous Off Off Broadway productions. New York stage credits include Lynn Rosen’s Back from the Front directed by Giovanna Sardelli, Golden Boy directed by Frank Licato and Burn This directed Emmy Award-winner Bill Rapaport.

RICH McKEOWN is founder and president of KoolKidz Television & Publishing LLC, which has garnered over 80 Film Festival selections and awards throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. The company's mission is to instill pride and knowledge of self, particularly for children of color, with high quality programs. A musician and producer, McKeown was the creator of Kung Fu Lee, his first work, which was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2005 H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, and until 2011 he was the sole composer and producer of all the KoolKidz soundtracks. Three years ago, he joined Fullee Loaded Productions as a full partner, writer, producer and head of business affairs and marketing, tapping into his 15 years of experience working for publishing and entertainment giants Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster, Sony Video, Boosey & Hawkes, Bertelsmann Music Group and HBO.

MARTHA DIAZ is an award winning media producer, social entrepreneur, archivist, curator, and educator. For twenty-five years, Diaz has traversed between the hip-hop entertainment industry, public sector, and academia. Read more.

Harvard Ed Portal, Northeastern Crossing, American Beatboxer

Related event


Introduction to Beatboxing: Workshop for students in grades 6-8
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston
Admission: No experience necessary, open to Allston-Brighton residents and Ed Portal members in grades 6-8. Register here.

Taught by beatbox educator and Harvard College graduate Devon Guinn '17, his workshop will cover all of basics of beatboxing (vocal percussion). Participants will gain new and unique vocal skills, learn how to build a sound palate, and create new beats.