Photo Credit: Erik Carter

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2017 Jerome artists in residence with Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, a 2015 American Express Leadership Fellow, a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a graduate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University where he received his Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies.

Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, and Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), Movement Research Performance Journal, and Movement Research Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture internationally. His performance work #negrophobia is currently touring throughout Europe and his newest work Séancers will have its World Premiere at Abrons Arts Center in NYC, Dec. 6-9, 2017.


MELT Winter 2018 Faculty,

Artists of Color Council Former Member,

Studies Project Participant,

Festival Spring 2015 Curator

Past Classes & Events

MELT—Deconstructing Perceptions

Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2018

Diversity and Accountability: A conversation with the MR Artists of Color Council

November 02, 2016