Danny Hoch

2000 Vera List Center Fellow
Danny Hoch is an actor, director, playwright, and performing artist living in New York City.

Programs and projects
Hip-Hop in Cuba/Hip-Hop in the USA & Globalization of Hip-Hop Culture; Hip-Hop Activism and Philanthropy for Generations X, Y, Z, Inside the Culture of Resistance, and Hip Hop in Theatre

Hoch is an actor, playwright, and director whose plays Pot Melting, Some People, and Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop have garnered many awards including two Obies, an NEA Solo Theatre Fellowship, a Sundance Writers Fellowship, the CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre, and a Tennessee Williams Fellowship. His theater work has toured to 50 U.S. cities and 15 countries. His writings on hip-hop, race, and class have appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, Harper's, The Nation, American Theater, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Creating Your Own Monologue, and Total Chaos. His book Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop is in its second printing by Villard Books/Random House.

Hoch's writing and acting credits for television and film include Bamboozled, Washington Heights, Prison Song, Some People, Subway Stories, Thin Red Line, Whiteboys, Blackhawk Down, American Splendor, War Of The Worlds, Lucky You, HBO Def Poetry and the film version of Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop. Most recently he appears alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Duvall, and Eva Mendes in We Own The Night.

Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000 which has since presented over 100 Hip-Hop Generation plays from around the globe and now appears annually in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco/Oakland. He directed Will Power's hit show Flow at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as the bilingual Representa at the the SFIAF, and his own Till The Break Of Dawn at New York's Abrons Arts Center in 2007. He was the 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab's Playwright-In-Residence and was awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama. His new play Taking Over, about gentrification, will open at New York City's Public Theater in November 2008. (Biography as of 2008)