Chesney Snow

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Associate Professor
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Drama Desk Award–winner Chesney Snow is widely considered a pioneering figure in American beatbox culture. He executive produced and starred in the feature documentary film American Beatboxer, which was placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Harvard University's Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, among others. The film was licensed by Revolt TV.

Snow was a three-time artist-in-residence at Harvard University and has taught master classes and workshops at Harvard University, Princeton University, the Juilliard School, New York University, University of Wisconsin, and for the U.S. Department of State. He has worked at leading regional theaters as a lyricist, sound artist, composer, actor, and playwright including McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Two River Theater, Village Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, New Victory Theater, Dixon Place, and National Black Theatre, to name a few.

Snow starred on Broadway’s first a cappella musical In Transit; in that production, he originated the role of Boxman, which he also performed off Broadway at Primary Stages. In Transit was the most nominated off-Broadway show of the 2010 season, receiving multiple Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lortel nominations. He wrote and starred in Soil Beneath: An Empirical Decay off Broadway at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters; the production was directed by Kimille Howard and Pulitzer finalist Diedre Murray composed the score. He joined the creative team as a vocal soundscape artist on the Broadway play Skeleton Crew written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson at Manhattan Theatre Club. He has headlined Carnegie Hall twice with Distinguished Concerts International New York and has toured internationally with the U.S. Department of State.

Snow has performed alongside legends including Nile Rodgers, KRS-One, Kayah, and Eternia, among notable others. He has for opened such artists as Snoop Dogg, Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, MC Lyte, and Pharoahe Monch. He is a member of the group Spoken Love; its debut album was released on Warner Music Europe. He has written chart-topping songs in Europe for multi-platinum selling artists including Edyta Górniak and Marina. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and Actors Equity Association.

Career Highlights
  • Drama Desk Award for performance with In Transit
  • American Beatbox Championships, founder
  • Selected to tour with American Voices/U.S. Department of State with ReVoiced
  • Produced and starred in American Beatboxer (official selection of more than 20 national and international film festivals, and also placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Harvard University, Howard University, and Schomburg Center archives)
  • Performed alongside Nile Rodgers, Kayah, KRS-One, Eternia, and Kate Havnevik
  • Starred on Broadway in In Transit, written by Academy Award–winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez, along with Sara Wordsworth, Russ Kaplan, and James-Allen Ford
  • Major label debut on Warner Music Europe with Spoken Love
Awards
  • Drama Desk Award, 2011
  • International Hip Hop Film Festival 2017, Best Docu-Series
  • Urbanworld Film Festival, official selection
  • Hollywood Black Film Festival, official selection
  • Pan African Film Festival, official selection
In Their Own Words

"Practical methods to transform artistic excellence into an empowerment and knowledge that can develop powerful questions that will create seismic shifts towards equity, justice, and the freeing of our collective mind."

I have very broad range of experience in creative arts from performing, creative technology, writing, and producing that give me a unique perspective of truly building and innovating from the ground up."