Dahlak Braithwaite


Dahlak has worked closely with Broadway veteran and Rockefeller fellow, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, pioneering the emerging genre of “hip-hop theater”. Dahlak has written and performed in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays, including Word Becomes Flesh – produced at The Public Theater and The Lincoln Center. As a member of the artist collective iLL-Literacy, Dahlak has showcased his seamless blend of hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe.

From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak has released five musical projects, which includes the album Spiritrials that served as a soundtrack to his solo play. In 2014, Dahlak was selected as a musician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat. Through this fellowship, Dahlak was invited to the White House for the SXSL event in 2016 – a meeting of innovators in the arts, sciences and technology – championed and hosted by President Barack Obama.

Currently, Dahlak is collaborating with director Roberta Uno in order to adapt Spiritrials into an ensemble musical. Development of the work has been supported by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is being supported by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) through a series of residencies.

Dahlak earned his B.A. degree from the University of California,Davis, where he studied English and Dramatic Studies.