Rafael Casal is a writer, performance poet, recording artist, educator, and playwright. His poetry and music has been praised and awarded internationally and has been featured by major print and web editorials. He has directed numerous theater productions and film shorts, and taught creative writing and performance to high school and University undergraduate students.
He has released two full-length music projects The Monster LP and The Bay Boy Mixtape, as well as the album Mean Ones. His work has been featured on HBO and MTV, and he has performed at hundreds of venues and University campuses throughout the country.
Rafael Casal has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Kanye West, Alanis Morissette, George Clinton, Carole King, and numerous others. His career in numerous different artistic mediums orbit his foundation in writing and storytelling, often documenting narratives and experiences from his origins in the Bay Area, California, and his travels.
He also served as creative director of the First Wave program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he oversaw the artistic careers of 60 students, directed 19 stage productions, designed the first four-year undergraduate Hip Hop Theater diversity scholarship curriculum, and premiered his first one-act solo work The Limp.