Hip Hop Artist Named Artistic Director for a Major Theater!

New York’s Famed Beatboxer, Emcee,
Poet, and Theater Artist BABA ISRAEL
Takes Hip Hop to Manchester, England
as Artistic Director of Contact Theater

New York’s loss is Manchester’s gain! Hip Hop/Theater Artist BABA ISRAEL announces today that he has accepted the position of Artistic Director of Contact Theater. Contact is a pioneering theater in Manchester, England and one of the most successful theaters for young people in the country. It has an established reputation for producing exciting new work and nurturing young diverse audiences.

Charles Lauder, Contact’s Chairman says “This is a thrilling appointment at a pivotal time for Contact. Baba Israel has an international pedigree and has undertaken remarkable work for and with young people. He brings a range of attributes and talents that make him ideally suited to inspire and lead the young people who are at the heart of Contact’s activities as well as its vibrant management team. We are hugely excited at the prospect of Baba taking us on the next stage of Contact’s continuing development.”

Baba Israel shares in the excitement: “In 2005, when I came to Contact, I was blown away and returned to New York describing the place as a model venue for cutting-edge art where young people feel at home, take risks, and grow as people. I have worked there in many capacities and I am now honored to become the Artistic Director of such a forward thinking organization.”

Baba Israel will start his new position at Contact this summer and plans to maintain his career as a hip hop performance artist.

For more information, please visit www.babaisrael.com. All media inquires are directed to April R. Silver or Thysha Shabazz at AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. at 718.756.8501 or via email pr@akilaworksongs.com.

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