The Sonnet Man sets Shakespeare’s love sonnets to Hip Hop and features brilliant rap artist Devon Glover. Conceived and produced by Broadway Playwright Arje Shaw, The Sonnet Man brings Shakespeare to young audiences in a genre they know and love. Through Hip Hop, Shakespeare will become exciting and fun, introducing young people to classical literature, raising literacy, improved communication, greater enthusiasm for learning, increase creativity, raise confidence, and will set a foundation for appreciation of the arts.
Mr. Glover was invited to the College of New Jersey last spring to do a presentation to the students and faculty in the School of Education...Prior to his talk and demonstration at the college, Mr. Glover performed at Grant ES in Trenton, NJ for 150 children from grades 3-5. ...The atmosphere in the assembly was electric. The children and the teachers and even the principal of the school were engaged in this terrific performance. Mr Glover invited some of the children to come on stage and perform with him and the 5th graders were all rapping the Sonnet. It is quite evident that children and adults, given the proper educational tools, can find learning not just fun, but a truly memorable experience. I would like Devon to return to our campus this year and share with our pre-service teachers his gifts and talents. Sarah M Kern, PhD - Department of Elementary/Early Childhood/Urban Education
The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
We had the pleasure of hosting Devon Glover, AKA The Sonnet Man, at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival during our 2013 season. We are passionate about anything and anyone that can excite people, and especially youth, about the wit, wonder and wisdom of Shakespeare’s words. Devon manages to do that with professional ease, with engaging charm and with a large dose of talent. Whether his audience is aged 8 or 80, he is able to connect the worlds of Shakespeare and hip hop effectively and in an accessible manner. We would wholeheartedly recommend him and his work to those who are considering widening their sphere of influence within the educational or Shakespearean worlds. Ian Farthing-Artistic Director
St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Devon Glover was a teaching artist in my theater class at the School for Classics in the fall of 2011. He brought his unique approach to Shakespeare through hip hop to my students in Introduction to Theater and Acting, as well as rehearsals after school for a hip hop sonnet performance. Throughout our work together, Devon was innovative, effective and flexible. Most importantly though he connected with the students and helped them tackle a subject that would normally overwhelm many of them. He immediately put them at ease with his personable manner and kept them engaged throughout a 30-45 minute lesson about text, punctuation, rhythm, and/or theme. Many students frequently asked, "When is Devon coming back?" They loved his lesson and wanted more time with him. Joanna Edie The School for Classics: An Academy of Writers, Thinkers, and Performers New York City, NY
You are extremely talented and all three of your Sonnet Man gigs were very productive for all involved. I have heard so many positive remarks from the attendees thanking First Aid Productions for bringing you to share both hip-hop and Shakespeare with us. Clearly in the first session with the alternative high school students the original mission of promoting interest in Shakespeare through the use of hip-hop was accomplished. In the evening show, I think the educational enrichment went both directions. What I mean is that for the people who came because they already had an interest in Shakespeare, I think we accomplished a similar but possibly less intentional goal of creating interest in and changing people’s perception of hip-hop music. You are a lyrical genius, Devon. My children are still playing your CD over and over and over. Jon Barch - Student Enrichment
Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI