Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. He is also the winner of the 2011 Herb Alpert Award in Theatre, and an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He is a co-founder of the Life is Living Festival, and the recipient of a commission by the Brooklyn Museum to produce “the restless dead”, a series of site specific performed elegies for Brooklyn-born ghosts. Joseph is also currently completing a new libretto with Bill T. Jones for the Opera Philadelphia while serving as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His latest evening length work, /peh-LO-tah/, was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and premiered at YBCA in November 2016. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.