I perform Shakespeare's sonnets in Hip-Hop, which audiences of all ages LOVE! In addition to performances, I've also been asked to provide writing workshops for students of all ages, be a keynote speaker for several conference, sit in a panel for specific events, and provide musical annotation to plays.
Price Range: $1300 and up
Gig Length: 50 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
The Sonnet Man introduces and makes Shakespeare accessible to audiences through the medium of music in a genre they know and love – Hip Hop!
Devon Glover, an artist, teacher and modern-day Sonnet Man, delivers sonnets as originally written, and then breaks them down into today’s “spoken word.” Students are inspired, motivated, and educated as The Sonnet Man raps Shakespeare’s sonnets to energetic beats. On-stage volunteers and audience participants then get to make an attempt at rapping Shakespeare with The Sonnet Man as their guide (optional).
Throughout the assembly, participants also engage in other activities with The Sonnet Man, including: songs with call-n-response prompts, multiple choice questions, tongue twisters, pick-up line contests, and more. The Sonnet Man Brings It!
Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities, and theaters to young audiences nationally and abroad. As The Sonnet Man, Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Educational Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world, including Oregon, Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon. The Sonnet Man provides hundreds of shows and creative writing workshops in schools, universities, and theatres to audiences of all ages worldwide. The release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. In April 2016, Devon went on a SonnetMarathon tour through the US, UK, and Morocco—where he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession on April 24th. In May 2017, Devon played the role of Touchstone in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” with the Southern Shakespeare Company. In the fall 2017, Devon co-wrote “A Town Divided”, an adaption of “Romeo and Juliet” that was based on the racial divide in Tallahassee, FL. In the Spring of 2019, I was commissioned by the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write a hip-hop adaptation of “Twelfth Night.” For more information, visit (link hidden).
Additional Booking Notes
For a Sonnet Man performance, the technical requirements are as follows:
--A PA system, that can be connected to my I-Pad (Aux cord --1/8") for backing tracks.
--A backline (if a band is requested with artist).
--a small table.
--lighting for center downstage (for theatre and dark rooms).
-Thank you Will (an intro to who is William Shakespeare)
-Full Fathom Five (The Tempest)
-The Misfit (personal poem)
Influences & Inspiration
Some of my primary influences are Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Keith Sweat, Common and Martin Lawrence (stand up). My performance is also influenced by the various Shakespeare live theatre performances I have been a part of and witnessed throughout my time as an artist.