About : Beau Sia

ABOUT BEAU


Beau Sia is a Tony Award winning poet and world-renowned performer, featured on all 6 seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer Of All Time. As an educator, he has been mentoring youth for organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, and GetLit. Beau currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his first solo play.



Beau Sia is the son of Chinese immigrants from the Philippines and a world-renowned poet and performer. Raised in Oklahoma City, he discovered poetry as a way to express himself in an environment where he felt invisible. After high school, Beau moved to New York, to pursue his dreams of becoming a poet and to attend NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program at The Tisch School of The Arts. His life as a poet would come quicker than expected, after he won his first poetry slam at The Nuyorican Poet’s Café.

Since that night, Beau Sia has become an integral figure in Spoken Word. He has been on six National Poetry Slam teams, four having advanced to the finals, two of which were National Champions. He was one of the writers and performers for Norman Lear’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip. He has been featured on every season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices. He was also an original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

Through his work in Poetry Slam and Spoken Word, Beau Sia has been given other avenues to share his work and voice. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time. He has toured from Johannesburg to Sydney, performed in front of students from Harvard to UT-Austin, and shared his work on stages such as The Apollo and Radio City Music Hall. In recent years, he has been fortunate to also develop as an educator in poetry, facilitating workshops for Urban Word and Youthspeaks.

Beau continues to evolve as an artist, developing as an Actor, Director, and Content Creator- but poetry will always be his first love. He has spent over 20 years on his craft, and after all the accolades and accomplishments, feels he is starting to truly understand the power of poetry. It is with this understanding of poetry as culture, as healing, as transformation, that he moves forward in his work. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is building his first solo play and working on a new book of poetry.

Beau is the Yoda to our sky walk. Experiencing him is unleashing ourselves.

Chucky Kim, music producer

Beau could easily rest on his haunches and keep audiences happy with his old stuff – but he continues to innovate, challenge himself and his audiences, and create beautiful new work.

Bao Phi, poet, author of Song I Sing and Program Director of the Loft Literary Center


special thanks

Jan Florjanczyk (webdesign)
janmtl.com


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