Developing Artists' Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival will take place August 9-11 and 16-18 at the Vineyard Theatre this year, its second season off-Broadway at the theater. It will feature over 100 artists and performers from 10 young-artist companies from all five boroughs of New York City and beyond.
Each night, a prominent guest artist will join the festival for a special performance. Daphne Rubin-Vega will kick off the festival on Thursday, August 9, and Laura Gómez (Orange Is the New Black) will join on August 16. Other performers will include Emmy Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Hamilton), Kevin Mambo (Fela!), Joe Morton (Scandal), and poet-actor-singer Flaco Navajo, with more artists to be announced later.
Since its inception in 2001, the Rebel Verses festival has provided young artists, ages 13-19, with the opportunity to collaborate and network with their peers and prominent artists, and to showcase original work.