DJ Renegade at a Hip Hop Open Mic


A Nexthetics Play is one that is based in hip-hop or spoken word poetry culture and actively claims and explores this relationship. This includes plays about hip-hop or spoken word culture (CONTENT), those that use the four elements or spoken word poetry devises (FORM), and those written by hip-hop and spoken word writers (AUTHORSHIP).

This definition is provisional.
The form is still in the midst of creating itself.
Maybe you will write something and
turn this definition on its head.
We invite you to!

“I think the word “hip-hop defines it in and of itself. It’s hip. It’s what’s happening right now. It’s hop—which means, essentially, it’s dance, it’s movement. If this is a movement, it’s not a movement set in stone. So essentially, hip-hop: the movement of the dance of now.” (Chad Boseman, Bling or Revolution)

Danny Hoch defines “Hip-hop theatre” as one that “must fit into the realm of theatrical performance, and…must be by, about, or for the hip-hop generation, participants in hip-hop culture or both.”
(Here we Go Yo: A manifesto for a new hip-hop arts movement)

OSF has offered a variety of hip-hop and spoken word aesthetics programs, events, and explorations since 2007. To find out more about current and past events, use the menu on your left!