Sixth & I Hosts An Evening With Hamilton's Daveed Diggs
For 15 years, Sixth & I has reimagined how arts, culture, spirituality, and community can inspire more meaningful and fulfilling lives. This April, Sixth & I will kick off a month of events and festivities to celebrate its milestone anniversary, beginning with Tony and GRAMMY Award-winning actor, writer, rapper, and producer Daveed Diggs, in conversation with All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro on April 1st.
Born in Oakland to a white Jewish mother and an African-American father, Diggs competed in his school's slam poetry competitions, earned a degree in Theatre from Brown University, and couch-surfed while unemployed and going on open-call auditions in New York City before landing his career-changing performance originating the dual roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton."
In the program, Diggs will reflect on his unexpected path to success, the power of storytelling, how he approaches his craft, and the intersections between race, Jewish culture, and identity. He will also perform a song from his experimental hip-hop trio, "clipping."
From his roles in the film Wonder and Emmy-nominated TV shows like "Blackish" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to his musicality, Diggs' artistic choices mirror the multi-faceted nature of his talents.
In 2018, Diggs co-wrote, produced, and starred in the independent film Blindspotting, which Variety calls "the most exciting cinematic take on contemporary race relations since Do the Right Thing nearly 30 years ago." Diggs will next be seen in the upcoming thriller Velvet Buzzsaw, the TNT series "Snowpiercer," and returns to the stage with the play White Noise, premiering this March in New York.
This event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds benefit Sixth & I's programming.