Paige Hernandez

Paige is a multifaceted artist, who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance and education.

As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. To date, she has reached approx. 10,000 students, from Pre-K through college, in over 100 residencies, workshops and performances. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEM initiatives.

Paige is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has performed on many stages throughout the country including DC: Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center , Fulton Theatre (PA), Ohio Theatre (NY), Manship Theatre(LA), Paramount Theatre (TX), Cleveland Playhouse (OH) and many others. She has collaborated with The Lincoln Center (NY) and was commissioned by the National New Play Network in 2012.

As a critically acclaimed dancer, Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world most notably in Imagination Stage’s Zomo The Rabbit (Helen Hayes Nomination), P.Nokio: A Hip hop Musical, Cinderella the Remix and The Kennedy Center’s American Scrapbook, Knuffle Bunny (premiere, national and international tours) and Jason the Invincible.

As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including Props for Hip Hop at Arena Stage and Keep it Moving, at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.

With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works including Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, 7th Street Echo and All the Way Live! To date, she tours her children’s show Havana Hop and her solo show, Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape throughout the country.

Paige in Full:  Best for Grades 5 – college (residency available

Havana Hop: Best for Grades pre K-3

All The Way Live!

ALL THE WAY LIVE! 

A hip hop interactive for ages 5-12!

 

In this interactive show, everything is “all the way live” and history is revived through hip hop lenses. World renowed hip hop artists Baye Harrell and Paige Hernandez collaborate on the spot to “remix” everything from the alphabet to folktales.  The remix unfolds with dance, rhyme, music…and you! That’s right, we can’t do anything “live” without your skillz.

So open your ears and watch with your eyes. We can turn it up… ALL THE WAY LIVE! 

Havana Hop

HAVANA HOP: a children’s tale of culture and originality!

Written, choreographed and performed by Paige Hernandez

Developed by the Wolftrap Institute for Early learning through the Arts

With Original music by Nick tha 1da

Ages 2-10. Sensory friendly performances available.

Initially developed in 2008 after President Obama was inaugurated for his first term in association with the Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and further developed by PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, OH in 2015.  What if you were invited to dance for the President? You’d want it to be the best dance ever! Come meet young Yelia who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style! The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one actress creates three generations of lively women. Journey with Yelia as she discovers the fun of her multi-cultural heritage.

CURRENTLY ON TOUR!

Paige in Full

PAIGE IN FULL: A B-GIRL’S VISUAL MIXTAPE

Written, choreographed and performed by Paige Hernandez

With original music by Nick tha 1da

Directed by Danielle Drakes

A visual mix tape (a blending of  poetry, dance, media and music) that tells the tale of a multicultural girl’s journey through hip-hop to self-discovery. Best for 5th grade and up.

CURRENTLY ON TOUR!

Booking information, reviews and more at the PAIGE IN FULL WEBSITE or get a sneak peek through the PAIGE IN FULL PRESS KIT.

Sister and brother share a tiny stage in the hour-long production, Hernandez‘s chronicle of growing up with a mixedrace identity. As she chats to the audience and executes urban-cool hoofin‘ routines, and he generates beats andsampling at a table behind her, their mutual respect reverberates in sync with their enthusiasm for hip-hop. Such pointed moments will prompt theatergoers to ruminate a little about identity politics and the molding of the self in a multicultural world. Chiefly, though, Paige in Full‖ will leave audiences hoping more work by Hernandez  and Nick tha 1da, too — comes along soon.

– Celia Wren, The Washington Post

The multi-layered story sparkles with contemporary urban flair, tantalizing terms and expressions, and move yo body rhythms in this beat-filled portrait of an artist as a young girl. Totally at ease and in command of her material, Hernandez shows how hip-hop and dance shaped her earliest memories and became the bedrock of her existence. It‘s stunning… In another innovative segment, she depicts ―B‘More‘s‖ neighborhoods in ―haiku‖, reflecting diverse sights and sounds in just a few well placed words, inflections, even mimicry. She just nails it. Throughout, Hernandez is mesmerizing and leaves you wanting more.”

– Debbie Minter Jackson, DC Theatre Scene

The verdict: Paige Hernandez represents the truest voice of what hip-hop theatre can be for our generation: nonlinear, dynamic, personal, intense, community-oriented in content and tone, and fondly nostalgic. The distinct moments of Paige‘s life in this 60-minute act allowed us a window into all of our own lives, love, loss, triumphs and missteps, all with a hip-hop lens through which to examine them. There is no doubt in my mind now that #hiphoptheatreisreal and that #visualmixtapesdoexist.‖

– Simone Jacobson, Couch Sessions

Paige‘s is pure hip hop. She breathes it. It‘s a part of her DNA. She can connect the songs and the culture to her entire being. More importantly, she can explain it to the rest of us. She is beautifully articulate in her storytelling… she is enticing in her mastery of her body and movement. This performance is a delight.

– Genevieve Williams, Discovery Theatre

Growing up multi-cultural AND multi-talented! – Lancaster New-Era

Hernandez is a prominent face of hip-hop culture‘s innovation- Christie Matherne, DiG -Baton Rouge

Irresistible and Infectious! – Winston-Salem Chronicle

The Shape of a Girl

THE SHAPE OF A GIRL

“A girl in the shape of a monster – a monster in the shape of a girl”

A play by Joan MacLeod
A Wharton Center Theatre Production
Directed by Bert Goldstein

 

Braidie, a teenager struggling both at home and in school, tells her story about making the tough choice between standing by while her best friend bullies another student or standing up for what’s right.  The Shape of a Girl is a dynamic one-woman play that examines the frightening realities of teenage relationships, aggression, and a young woman’s battle with inaction.  Originally inspired by the 1997 murder of a Canadian high school student, playwright Joan MacLeod’s beautiful and tightly written play looks at the way little incidents of childhood cruelty can escalate, and the role an individual can have in stopping it.

The Nayika Project

THE NAYIKA PROJECT

Paige collaborates with Kuchipudi dancer Chitra Kalyandurg fusing dance, theatre and spoken word to give contemporary spin to tales of resilient, relatable heroines from Indian myth. While Nina recovers from a tough breakup, she encounters a mystical woman, Sakhi, who promises to enlighten Nina by sharing the eight stages of a woman in a relationship. Journey with Nina and Sakhi as they remix the classic Ashta Nayikas using classical Kuchipudi Indian dance, hip hop movement and spoken word. The Nayika Project features original music by Anjna Swaminathan, Rajna Swaminathan and Roopa Mahadevan.

Review of Paige Hernandez from HuffPost Education

March 2011

“Her balanced disposition proves successful in teaching (or performing) a lesson plan to an effervescent or unpredictable classroom of students.

Click here: HuffPost


Testimonial of Paige Hernandez from Portland Ovations

May 2012

“Her work was extraordinary – her show is smart, engaging, challenging, and relevant. The students laughed hard, got up and danced, went silent when the story turned serious, and stood cheering at the end. ”

Click here: Paige Testimonial