Paige Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. As an AEA equity actress, Paige has performed on many stages throughout the country. She has collaborated with the Lincoln Center and has been commissioned by several companies including the National New Play Network, the Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse and the Glimmerglass Festival. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as four Helen Hayes nominations for choreography, directing and performance. Paige has also been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center, “40 under 40” by the Washington Post and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine. She is elated to be the Associate Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre in her hometown of Baltimore, MD. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige continues to develop and tour original work internationally. www.paigehernandez.comFull Bio
Paige Hernandez, a Baltimore native, is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. Paige is most notably known for her effective fusion of theatre, hip-hop, dance and education. She has nearly twenty years of experience in arts administration, arts education, creating new works, producing and performing.
As an arts educator, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in several art disciplines. To date, she has reached more than 10,000 students, from pre-k through college, in several hundred residencies, workshops and performances around the world. She takes great pride in her professional development for educators which include keynote presentations for Disney, The Wharton Center at MSU, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. She has been recognized in several organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration work with STEM initiatives.During the 2020 pandemic, Paige created and produced PAIGE AND FRIENDS a three episode digital series that focuses on self-care for elementary age students.
Paige is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has performed on many stages throughout the country including DC: Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Fulton Theatre (PA), Ohio Theatre (NY), Manship Theatre(LA), Paramount Theatre (TX), Cleveland Playhouse (OH), The Wharton Center (MI) and many others.
As a playwright, she has collaborated with the Lincoln Center and has been commissioned by several companies including the National New Play Network, the Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, the Glimmerglass Festival and the University of Maryland. Paige was named a “Top Theatre Worker You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine, “40 under 40” by the Washingtonian Magazine, a “Rising Leader of Color” by Theatre Communications Group and a “Citizen Artist” by the Kennedy Center.
As an award-winning dancer, Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world including Bahrain, Singapore, India, Jamaica and Bermuda. In the States, Paige’s choreography has been seen at Imagination Stage (MD), The Kennedy Center (DC), Playhouse Square (OH), Alliance Theatre (GA) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC) among others. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as four Helen Hayes nominations for choreography, directing and performance.
As a critically acclaimed director, Paige’s direction has been seen throughout the country including The Kennedy Center (DC), Smith Center (NV) Glimmerglass Festival (NY), Santa Fe Opera (NM) and several universities. She directed all three of the world premieres of the Queens Girl Trilogy by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Paige was recently recognized by the Wall Street Journal for her direction of Proof at Everyman Theatre in Maryland where she is also Associate Artistic Director.
With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige tours internationally with her original works for multicultural and multigenerational hip hop audiences. These works include Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, 7th Street Echo, All the Way Live! Havana Hop, PAIGE IN FULL and her hip hopera, Stomping Grounds.
In 2011, Paige started her own company, B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT.
10 original shows, 5 commissions, 11 years of touring. 100+ venues. 40+ States, 6 countries.
Countless workshops. 200+ residencies. Several awards. More than 100,000+ audience members to date.
B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT specializes in productions of all art mediums that speak to a multi faceted hip hop generation. Inspired by artistic collaborations and created in the spirit of B-girls, B-FLY houses all of Paige’s original shows including:Paige in Full, Havana Hop, Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, All the Way Live and a hip hopera, Stomping Grounds!
Please visit www.bflyentertainment.com for more details on each of the shows and their accompanying residencies, workshops and master classes.You can also join the B-FLY mailing list and follow B-FLY on facebook and twitter.
B-FLY seeks to elevate hip hop within the art community.
BE TRUE. BE YOU. B-FLY.
Since 2010, B-FLY Entertainment has toured to various venues throughout the world. Listed below are just a few from the past few years. Additional production/touring history can be furnished upon request.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, NC
Des Moines CPA, Des Moines, Iowa
Victoria Theatre, Dayton, OH
BAM, Brooklyn, NY
Virginia Tech University, VA
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
The Wharton Center at Michigan State University
National Council of the Arts, Singapore
Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami FL
Park Square Theatre, St. Paul MN
Alliance Theatre, Atlanta GA
The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Trust Cultural Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Edmonds Performing Arts Center Edmonds, Wa
The Lincoln Center, New York City
PopeJoy Hall, Albuquerque, NM
NJPAC, Newark, NJ
The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV
Arnolfini Theatre, Bristol, UK
Capital Jazz Super Cruise, Caribbean Islands
Playhouse Square, Cleveland Ohio
The Stratz CPA, Tampa, FL
Broward Center for the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Paige is available to facilitate a variety of workshops for your school, theatre or organization.
All workshops can be adapted to fit any length of time or age range.
As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. To date, she has reached over 10, 000 students, from Pre-K through college, in over 100 residencies, workshops and performances. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolftrap Foundation for Early Learning and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. Paige was also named a “classroom hero” by the Huffington Post.
Check out Paige’s most popular workshops below and if you still don’t see something that fits then you can create your own! Paige can create a workshop that meets your participants’ needs or your classroom’s curriculum. Combine elements from the workshops below or pow-wow with Paige to create something unique, inspiring and interactive. Paige has also created unique workshops with early childhood education, STEM areas, film acting, world dance and audition techniques.
Hip Hop Body Rock
Calling all fly girls and b-boys! Learn about significant hip hop choreographers, different styles of hip hop dance and regional/cultural influences. Then it‘s time to stretch and flex before you learn a brand new hip hop routine. Warning: after taking this class, your swagger may go into overdrive!
As ensemble, participants will write, devise and perform their own ten-minute theatrical piece. Paige will lead the group through transitions, tableaux and basic play building. In the end, resources will be plentiful for the group to continue to create meaningful pieces in their communities.
Rap, Clap, Write That!
A pen and a paper is all you need to be a playwright! Effortlessly create characters, plots and setting using hip hop inspiration. Participants will be inspired to create poems, monologues and basic dialogue. If there‘s time at the end, we‘ll share the genius.
DST: Hip Hop Strategies and Activities for the Classroom and Stage
Participants will explore innovative hip hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum and/or to use in performance pieces. The workshop will show how each hip hop element (Emcee, DJ, Graffiti and B-boy) can easily be transformed into exercises or performance pieces.