Rafael Casal is an American artist (actor, rapper, and poet) from Berkeley, CA. Casal is born to a white American mother and a Spanish father.
Casal is most known for his spoken word poetry. He appeared three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He is a two time Brave New Voices national youth poetry slam champion. He has also coached the winning team from the Bay area to championships in the same competition. Beyond his poetry, Casal has produced and recorded four hip hop albums, written two stage plays. In addition, Casal has facilitated and taught writing workshops at various colleges and universities. Most prominently, he was the Creative Director for University of Wisconsin’s First Wave program, a hip hop and theatre ensemble.
Casal was on campus for about four days, November 13th to November 17th. During his stay, he provided two public performances—a music performance and a theatrical performance. He hosted a brief (30 to 40 minutes) talk back after each of the performances. He also visited two courses—Hip Hop and Urban Sociology and an acting course, and had dinner with students, faculty, and administrators.
His second performance was the most recent iteration of a The Limp. As he described it, “THE LIMP is a contemporary examination of the relationship between love and male identity, told inside the mind of a musician as he gets over a nasty break up. Set in the living room of his mind, a conversation between three of his conflicting thoughts snowballs into a hilarious, philosophical and violent portrayal of how men of the Millennial generation experience love and all that surrounds it.”
Rafael’s final event was a poetry reading, attended by fifteen Davidson College faculty and their partners at the home of Dr. Joseph Ewoodzie.