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Will Power is an award-winning actor, rapper, composer, playwright, and educator whose pioneering fusion of traditional drama, African storytelling, and hip-hop sensibilities is helping transform modern theater.

"It's the question of, 'Do we, as individuals; do we, as a community; and do we, as a nation, really and as a world, do we have the power to make changes? Do we have the power to rule our own destiny?'"
---Will Power

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With his critically acclaimed one-man show FLOW and his more recent off-Broadway production, THE SEVEN (an adaptation of Aeschylus's SEVEN AGAINST THEBES), Power has forged a new style of theatrical communication - combining original tunes, rhymed language, DJ music, innovative set design, and dynamic choreography - that speaks to the growing influence of hip-hop as an artistic and cultural force.

"Will Power combines the complexity of serious drama with the visual and sonic arsenal of MTV," the New York Times wrote in its review of FLOW.

"For me, hip-hop is all about flipping it," Power has said about his use of hip-hop to convey traditional tales to modern audiences. "When I say flipping it, I mean you take something and keep the essence and the quality and the feel of it, but you make it something different."

Power's multiple talents have landed him jobs in a variety of settings. As a vocalist and composer, he has recorded several albums with Cuban piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and has penned tunes featured on UPN's MOESHA and NBC's KINGPIN. In 1998, he landed the lead role in the film DRYLONGSO, which won the 1999 Grand Jury Prize for best feature at New York's Urbanworld Film Festival and premiered on the Sundance Channel.

Among his many honors, Power has received the Theater Communication Group's Peter Zeisler Memorial Award; a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship; the Jury Award for best theater performance at HBO's 2004 US Comedy Arts Festival; and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network.

In addition to writing and performing, Power lectures on the social roots and spiritual influences of hip-hop theater.

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