Repackaging history through hip-hop in similar ways to the musical Hamilton, this show explores the lives of cultural icons while sifting for actionable life lessons. Part musical concert and part TEDx Talk, audiences can expect to learn, laugh, and leave inspired to create even more magic in their own lives.
“The power of hip-hop is in the stories we choose to tell. Our stories can either build us up or tear us down.”
Shaun Boothe is an award-winning hip-hop artist, TEDxspeaker, and creator of The Unauthorized Biography Series – a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in the series include Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and more.
After spending over a decade in the music industry, sharing stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar, a search for a more purposeful path led Shaun to the education market. It was here where he discovered how his Unauthorized Biography Series, combined with his passion for speaking, could be used as a powerful tool to both entertain and inspire others to achieve their own greatness. A few short years later, this new direction has bloomed into a thriving international career as a motivational speaker and performing artist in high schools, college campuses, and performing arts centres alike.
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What are Relaxed Performances?
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.
These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.