This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation. _
Will Power is writer, composer, director, and performer whose explorations of the fusion of the hip-hop musical aesthetic with contemporary theater practice helped to define the genre known as hip-hop theater. With his 1999 breakout solo performance piece The Gathering, he established his fusion of original music, rhymed language, and dynamic choreography. By examining the individual through the interpersonal exchange of solo performance, Power makes vivid the political and universal reverberations of human experience. He is presently engaged in creating work for ensembles that draws on his roots in hip-hop, dance, and poetic movement and marries those forms with traditional theater practice and musical forms.