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Clyde Valentin

Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the producer and executive director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF), a unique arts organization dedicated to bringing new and diverse audiences to the theater. HHTF presentations and productions can be found in major urban markets around the United States including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Valent’n serves on the Art Advisory Board for the Times Square Alliance, belongs to the Theatre Communications Group, and serves as a Panelist for the New York State Council on Arts Theatre Program. He is an advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts National Touring Pilot (NTP) funded by the Mellon Foundation. He presented at numerous conferences including the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Portrait of Clyde Valentin.
Friday Phone Call # 64

Friday Phone Call # 64

Clyde Valentín

13 June 2014

So my friend Clyde Valentín is my guest today on the Friday Phone Call. I seem to be in a mood around friends in transition. As with Deb Cullinan and Todd London, Clyde recently began a new adventure after a long stretch as the Executive Director of The Hip Hop Theater Festival. He has taken on the job of leading a new initiative at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: The Arts and Urbanism Initiative. Clyde is very much in the conceptual days of this project—he has been in place for just a few months thus far. I love hearing him think out loud about the path at SMU, the path for HHTF and him, and the role of a university in community. Clyde is also a key organizer of the Latino Theater Commons but we will have to get back on the phone another time to get that whole story.

Poster for Total Chaos.
Ciphers, Freestyles, and Posse Cuts

Ciphers, Freestyles, and Posse Cuts

The Parallels of Ensemble/Devised Theatre and Hip-Hop

20 October 2012

Clyde Valentin explores the similarities between hip-hop and devised theatre, and what large-scale theatre companies can learn from hip-hop's culture.

A Vibe Thing
Playbill cover for the musical "Holler If Ya Hear Me"

A Vibe Thing

The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop in Theatre