Over the last decade, the Q Brothers have developed and refined a workshop that is designed to teach attendees to act over music in rhyming verse. We empower these folks to create their own adaptations of classic scenes, or original pieces, and perform them for each other. The workshop is designed in such a way that it is customizable, based on the needs of the group or institution with which we work, and can run anywhere from one hour to one week or even one month long. The Q Brothers have conducted this workshop all over the world, for all ages and types of people — including 4th graders from suburban Chicago, inmates at State Penitentiaries in Missouri, and students at an all female Muslim school in Manchester, UK.

  • Little kids – Hip Hop for Beginners (ages 0-12)

    A perennial highlight of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, this workshop allows kids to lay down their very own hip hop track, featuring the Q’s, in a matter of minutes. The track is then emailed to their parents as an mp3. Some kids have been to the booth 10 years straight and have an entire album they made with the Q Brothers!

  • Medium kids - Hip Hop Storytelling (ages 11+)

    Designed for kids of all ages, workshops can be tailored to different ages and levels of experience. Participants learn the basics of rhyming, working with a beat, and free styling. They then use those tools to compose and perform original stories – all in rhyme!

  • Big kids - Add-RAP-tation (high school+)

    The Q Brothers’ award-winning hip hop adaptations of Shakespeare have toured the globe. In these workshops, participants work with an existing text, and adapt it using the language of hip hop with the ultimate goal of staging and performing their original add-rap-tation.


    All educational workshop inquiries can be directed to

Long Way Home with Chicago Children’s Choir

Coming in March,  a hip-hop spin on Homer’s Odyssey, written and directed by the Q’s and featuring Chicago Children’s Choir singers. Learn more.

Q Brothers at the J. Paul Getty Museum

The Q Brothers are thrilled to be participating in the Villa Theater Lab at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles this spring. The Villa Theater Lab series fosters the work of artists employing creative, often experimental approaches to the performance of ancient stories. In this residency the Q’s will be putting a hip hop spin on Plato’s The Phaedrus.

ms. estrada at The Flea

The Q Brothers Collective’s newest play premieres this spring at The Flea Theater in New York. A Hip-Hop remix of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, ms. estrada may well be the Girl Anthem of 2018. Tickets onsale now.

Othello: The Remix at Cook County Jail

One of the most rewarding events we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Not only did we get to bring our art to those in serious need of healing, but we got to do that in the city we grew up in, in the largest jail in the country. Check out the mini-doc we made about that very special day. Watch the video.

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