Truthworker Theatre Company is a social justice based, hip-hop theatre company founded and directed by Samara Gaev. Providing youth leadership programming, professional stipends, and rigorous artistic training, Truthworker raises awareness and catalyzes action for racial, gender, and economic justice. Young visionaries directly impacted by mass incarceration write and perform original productions that interrogate the prison industrial complex, challenge systems of oppression, invite healing dialogue, and foster artistic interventions, inspiring solutions for collective liberation. Truthworker is a safe space for young people to be the subjects, not the objects, of their own stories as they unpack, problematize, and shift the dominant, often stereotypical narratives in mainstream media.


Raphael Xavier is a renowned professional breaker, choreographer, and innovative movement conceptualist. He is a 2013 Pew fellow, a 2016 Guggenheim fellow, and a 2016 United States Artist Knight fellow. He is also an appointed professor at Princeton University teaching special topics in hip-hop dance with a focus on breaking. With an experimental approach to dance theatre and the highly physical form of Breaking as his vocabulary, Xavier continues to challenge himself in the pursuit of sustainability within the form. Currently, he explores the possibility of inspirational dance, perfecting work that talks about the maturing dancing body and all that comes with it.