Julian Alexander

Day 2, Closing Session: Shakespeare Was A Rapper: Pushing Storytelling Boundaries through Hip-Hop and Shakespeare

Abstract: Shakespeare Was A Rapper is a performance-based lecture that showcases the relationship between Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and rap music today. By exploring classic literature through the hip-hop lens, this session will deepen your understanding and expand your appreciation for Shakespeare, Poe, Coleridge, rhyming language and the hip-hop genre – and how stories can benefit from this unexpected relationship. This session will feature Las Cruces artist, Asiah Thomas-Mandlman.

Julian Alexander is a filmmaker, performer, and educator from Las Cruces, New Mexico by way of Virginia. He is a Las Cruces High School Bulldawg and NMSU graduate from the Creative Media Institute.

He received his MFA from the Northern Film School in Leeds, UK, producing and directing numerous film projects including the Royal Student Television Award nominated short, Léo.

He taught filmmaking at the Creative Media Institute at NMSU and continues to teach in the Borderlands today along with various colleges and universities. Julian has always fused his love of hip-hop with film and is a Ph.D. candidate researching the use of rap as dialogue in film. Julian is currently a Lecturer in Film Production at the University of East London.

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