Mission

Alphabet Rockers make learning come alive through the beats, rhymes, moves and community of hip hop. We make music that makes change.

ABOUT US

Alphabet Rockers is the "modern day De La Soul for the 21st century (all-natural) juice box crowd" (Cooper & Kid). This is an intergenerational dance party where the performers' infectious energy and hip hop grooves get kids jumping and head nodders rocking out - all set to educational lyrics about complex cultural topics and learning goals. Your kids belong. You will think this is "your music." And you will have confidence this is adding value to your community and life.

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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

Alicia Langlais

Teaching Artist

Stefanie Chung

Founding Member, Performer


Mariah Landers

Education Advisor

Dan Wolf

Stage Director

Brad Dollar

Music Producer

Lily Williams

Illustrator


Ratha Nou

Visual Artist

Rebecca Allison

Booking Manager


Samara Atkins

Choreography

Keith Pinto

Choreography

Johnathan Williams

Choreography

Bosko Kante

Writer


Catherine Nueva Espana

Grants Consultant

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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

Al Branch , Blueprint Group

Vinitha Watson, Founding Director, Zoo Labs

Brandt Williams, Partner, Zoo Labs

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: East Bay Community Foundation, City of Oakland, Eventbrite, Clorox Company Foundation, and individual donors + friends like you.Donate to our mission here.


PARTNERS

Download press kit for Alphabet Rockers bio, photos, and songs to review. PRESS KIT