Mei Ann Teo

Mei Ann Teo is a Chinese Singaporean theater director and filmmaker, based in the San Francisco Bay Area,   USA. She is the founding director of Mahjong Films, a film and editorial production company, and the Resident Artist at Pacific Union College where she helms the drama program specializing in ensemble theater work. Teo is […]

Chris Celiz

Chris Celiz (also known as NYCbeatbox) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and music educator. Celiz is often seen collaborating with a myriad of artists throughout New York City. He has opened for such acts as Doug E. Fresh, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Celiz is now a full time music teacher at Raymond […]

Jachary Beats

Jachary is a multi-instrumentalist/producer from Boston, Massachusetts who lives in Brooklyn. Now 22, Jachary has been featured on Msnbc’s “Melissa Harris-Perry Show,” played the Apollo and has performed at prisons and colleges around the country supporting Bryonn Bain on guitar and bass.

Marsha Thorne

Lyrics from Lockdown Associate Producer Marsha Thorne loves to blend art, activism and education. Having served as an associate producer at ABC Eyewitness News, writer for Essence Festival “20 Year Celebration” and featured voice-over talent for Cartoon Networks, Turner Broadcast and IFC Channel. Marsha presently teaches literacy through arts and serves freelance line producer and […]


Cellojoe is an anomaly in the world of cellists in that, by combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: classical hip hop. Combining looped beatboxing beats (vocal percussion) and cello with conscious lyrics, cellojoe spreads joy, laughter and consciousness raising vibrations to all.Cellojoe’s eclectic sound also incorporates the style of jug band and kids’s […]

​Jazzmen Lee-Johnson

Jazzmen Lee-Johnson is a visual artist, filmmaker, designer, dancer, MC, musician and activist.  Upon graduation from Rhode Island School of Design, she traveled internationally to study the “politics of performance” as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.  Her award winning films and animations, such as Beat Back Bush; Songs from Th Haven of Despair; Black, White, […]

Marco Rizzuto

Born in Brooklyn and bred in Queens, New York, Marco Rizzuto is a guitarist, educator, and composer. His playing style is unique and encompasses many different types of music, from classical to jazz. Marco doesn’t miss a note  (for beat for that matter). When not recording in the studio and managing a recording company (Post Partum […]

Marcus Rogers

Marcus is a self-taught drummer who has had a deep love for music for as long as he can remember. Some of his many influences include: the heart beat, his family & chosen family, life, the healing arts, the elements, hip hop, soul music, & freedom. He is a visual artist who enjoys painting, mixed […]

Nick Moyer

From the subways of New York City to the farmers markets of Seattle, multi-instrumentalist and busker Nick Moyer has been delighting innocent bystanders since 2009. Equipped with an accordion, pocket trumpet, and homemade foot percussion, Nick plays original arrangements from an eclectic mix of artists wherever people will listen.  He hails from Mt. Vernon, Washington, and […]

DJane Lois Lane

DJane Lois Lane is currently a New York City-based video turntablist, recognized for her unique integration of her passion for blending all genres of music with corresponding video clips. This shejay takes pride in revolutionizing the art by using visuals as a form of medium to spread messages to the senses simultaneously about crucial issues […]

Manauvaskar Kublall

Manauvaskar Kublall is an award winner director, community activist, educator, and visual artist born of Indo-Caribbean heritage. He credits his distinct artistic voice to his immigrant experience and a commitment to present stories of under represented communities.  His films and photography are dedicated to ensuring that marginalized communities are heard, understood, respected, and empowered to […]

Chesney Snow​

Chesney is a Drama Desk award-winning actor, beatboxer, musician, poet, educator, social activist and songwriter based in Brooklyn. He starred in the off-Broadway hit In Transit at Primary Stages which received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, 4 Lucille Lortels, and 5 Drama Desk nominations among others. He most recently starred in, wrote, and composed for […]

Varuni Tiruchelvam

Varuni Tiruchelvam is a Sri Lankan-American cellist who creates music as a spiritual and political vehicle for connecting to the community. “I play in solidarity with people’s deepest truths.” She teaches at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, an activist high school in Brooklyn.  Varuni also collaborates with the theatre director and performer YaliniDream. […]

Rasheed Abiaka

Born in Nashville Tennessee and raised in New York City, Rasheed Abiaka has been a hip-hop DJ for over 20 years.  He has studied economics at Columbia University and Howard Universities.  Through his life, work and travels — from Dallas to Dar Es Salaam — Rasheed encourages artistic expression that inspires action toward globaleconomic justice.

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