Get moving to music that moves you.


We spark an intergenerational conversation about the world through hip hop music and dance. Partnering with anti-bias thought leaders and expert artists, our GRAMMY-nominated music is the soundtrack for social justice. We produce concerts, music and media to engage young changemakers and their adult allies. It’s time to be WOKE!

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Kaitlin McGaw

GRAMMY-nominated Artistic Director, Alphabet Rockers

A Harvard University Graduate in Afro-American Studies, she is a leader in the arts education and social justice 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 social justice including California Kindergarten Association, Southern California Kindergarten Association, University of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin created programming 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.

GRAMMY-nominated 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


Torrance Esmond

Music Producer

Roza Do


Chief Xcel

Music Producer

Allison Kenny


Alicia Langlais

Teaching Artist

Jeff Kolhede

Sound Engineer

Marcus Salinas


Mariah Landers

Education Advisor

Dan Wolf

Stage Director

Brad Dollar

Music Producer

Ratha Nou

Visual Artist

Rebecca Allison

Booking Manager

Keith Pinto


Johnathan Williams



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


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.