Career Panels at the Apollo is part of the Apollo Theater Academy, a program which advances career and leadership skills through seminars, workshops, panels and internships focused on professions “behind the-scenes” in the arts and entertainment industries.




Behind The Scenes: Women in Hip Hop
Panel Discussion
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM


Free/RSVP Suggested


Often overshadowed by their male counterparts, women have played a pivotal role in establishing Hip Hop as a genre in the world of arts and entertainment. This panel will look at the various careers paths taken by women who define their work under the Hip Hop genre, challenges faced, and opportunities for career advancement within and beyond.

Presented in collaboration with Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).

Panelists will include:

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia - Hip hop dancer/choreographer, co-founder of Full Circle Productions.

DJ Reborn DJ and Arts Educator

Kathleen Adams - co-founder of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK).

Queen GodIs International Poet, MC, & Performance Art Therapist, QGUniversity

Tiffany Vega - General Manager at Hi-ARTS/Hip-Hop Theater Festival, President & Founder of La Vega Management


This discussion will be moderated by Cali Green, the Managing Editor and Director of Social Media and Digital Marketing for Okayplayer.


Pre-Panel Workshop: Engineering Culture Through Beat Production

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30 – 6:00 PM


Ever wonder how your favorite songs are made? Ever wonder what happens between the time it takes your favorite artist to record a song and the time it plays on your radio? The process of making music is a specialized art, and there are many sound engineers and music producers working behind the scenes to help craft the hits we all love and enjoy. This workshop will take a look at some of the technical tricks, tools and ideas that contribute to the beat making and music production process. This session will also review how cultural and social ideas are embedded in music through technical means. Facilitated by Gender Amplified.








Behind The Scenes: #Independent Music
Panel Discussion
Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6:30 PM


What does it take to work as an independent artist in today’s music industry? How do musicians and music producers market, perform and record their own music?  This panel of musicians and music producers talked about how they have crafted and sustained careers working independent of record labels, agents, and contracts.


Panelists included:

Amadeus - Producer, Platinum Boy Music

Wes Jackson - Founder and Executive Director, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Tamar-kali - Musician, Songwriter

Steff Reed - Singer, Songwriter, Producer

Ebonie Smith - Producer, Songwriter, Founder, Gender Amplified


The discussion was moderated by singer-songwriter-producer and recording artist Gordon Chambers.

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