Mission

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Join us and find how learning comes alive through the beats, rhymes, moves and community of hip hop.

ABOUT US

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Known as the preeminent children's hip hop artists to focus on social change and racial justice, we are consciousness in motion. We spark an intergenerational conversation about the world through music and dance. Partnering with thought leaders on anti-bias and child development, we create empowered, engaging concerts and activities for young children, families, and educators. Each performance, song, video and exchange is an energetic, authentic hip hop experience. Get moving to music that moves you! Engage in the conversation with Alphabet Rockers through community, connection, and hip hop.

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ABOUT THE CREATORS

Kaitlin McGaw

Artistic Director of Alphabet Rockers.

A Harvard University Graduate in Afro-American Studies, she is a leader in the arts education community in the Bay Area and an award-winning songwriter (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Parents' Choice Awards). McGaw is a featured speaker and trainer at conferences on arts and integrated learning including California Kindergarten Association, Southern California Kindergarten Association, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin worked for the GRAMMYs, served as Vice President for West Coast Songwriters, and was a writer for Electronic Musician. On a rainy day, you can find her playing Bananagrams with her family.

Tommy Shepherd, Jr.

Music Director of Alphabet Rockers.

A professional actor/writer/musician, Tommy (aka Emcee Soulati) has toured internationally in hip hop theater (Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts). He is a co-founder of the live hip hop collective Felonious, who perform throughout the world and create original, theatrical productions. From the Kennedy Center with the Living Word Project to Wolf Trap Center with Alphabet Rockers, Tommy bridges communities and artforms through his work as a beatboxer, rapper, actor, playwright, and drummer. His favorite bedtime book for his son Tommy III is Uncle Devin's "ABCs of Percussion."

Artistic & Business Team

Stefanie Chung

Founding Member, Performer

Samara Atkins

Choreography

Torrance Esmond

Music Producer


Roza Do

DJ

Chief Xcel

Music Producer

Allison Kenny

Writer

Alicia Langlais

Teaching Artist


Jeff Kolhede

Sound Engineer

Marcus Salinas

Photographer

Mariah Landers

Education Advisor


Dan Wolf

Stage Director

Brad Dollar

Music Producer

Ratha Nou

Visual Artist


Rebecca Allison

Booking Manager

Keith Pinto

Choreography

Johnathan Williams

Choreography


BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, , PSY.D. Faculty at the Wright Institute

Al Branch , Blueprint Group

Vinitha Watson, Founding Director, Zoo Labs

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Founder, Embrace Race

Dia Tschirki-Penning, Director Of Curriculum And Education, World Trust

FUNDERS

Alphabet Rockers is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, a 501c3. With support from: Akonadi Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, City of Oakland, Eventbrite, Clorox Company Foundation, and individual donors + friends like you. Donate to our mission here.


PARTNERS

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