Digital: Word!: Drew Drake

Sep. 8, 7:00 pm7:45 pm EDT



As an educator and poet, Drew Drake uses Hip Hop and Black culture as a tool to facilitate healthy conversations between POCs. Poetry has allowed Drew an opportunity to voice experiences and perspectives different from the stereotypical roles he has been required to play in films and on stage. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Gibney’s Word! Series.

View Drew Drake’s Searching My Rage


Drew Drake is an actor, poet, and educator from Huntsville, Alabama but currently residing in NYC; focused on creating art that facilitates healthy dialogue for people of color. His biggest inspirations are Zora Neale Hurston and Fannie Lou Hamer. Drew was last seen in the New York Times Critics Pick TJ Loves Sally Forever at Jack Theatre in February and the independent film Privilege in May 2020. Drew is currently the Poet-In-Residence and teaching artist with Urban Word NYC, Rehabilitation through the Arts Empowerment organization Prisons in NY State teaching at Taconic Women’s Correctional Facility. Drew is also a Professor at New York University; teaching Voice and Speech at Tisch School of the Arts. His teaching focuses on eliminating the elitism of eurocentric and white-centered art, and creating more accessibility to different mediums of art for POCs by using Hip Hop and Black culture as a tool of exploration of English Language Arts, Theater, and Creative Writing. Drew also released a Hip Hop EP Golden in January and is working on a follow-up Untitled EP set to release this fall. Learn more at

Word!, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, presents live performance of storytelling, monologues, spoken word, stand-up, or creative talks. Each performance – free and open to the public – runs 30-45 minutes, traditionally scheduled within the hour before a dance concert presented in Gibney’s Theater. Due to COVID-19, Word! for the fall season will happen on Zoom.

All Fall 2021 Season events will be held online via Zoom. Gibney’s Box Office can be reached via email. For ticketing inquiries or requests, please email Marketing & Audience Services Manager, Kimiko Tanabe, at

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online offerings, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. This event features live ASL interpreters and live captioning. If you have any questions or additional access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) at least 24 hours in advance of the event you plan to attend.

Image Description:
Drew Drake stands in front of a partition. He is wearing a collared shirt and a dark jacket.

Photo by omó pastor.