Educator, Founder and Executive Director of UAB

Ms. Knoepfel, or Miss K, as she is known to the youth, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2000 with a B.A. in Directing. After writing and directing various original NY based theater productions, she became a New York Teaching Fellow in 2001, and now has her Masters in Secondary English education. As an adjunct lecturer at City College, teaching coach and executive director of UAB, she is able to instill her passion for quality arts education and relationship building in the next generation of teachers and mentors.


Founder of IV Creative 
From below the surface of New York City Busy Bisc 1 emerges with skill, style, and a serious need for movements. Alive off the pace of city blocks, his creative forces are used in all realms. From record art work for labels such as Definitive Jux, Nature Sounds, and Ninja Tune. To the release of his words over beats on New York’s block building label, Embedded Music (, Bisc1 can be found in your town, on your walls and in your ears.


International DJ
Evan Waterman, aka King Cut, was born and raised in New York City. Since 1999, he has organized and performed in showcases and open mic events locally and across the country. He graduated from New School University in 2007 with a liberal arts degree focusing on democracy and cultural pluralism. 



Mikal Amin Lee
Program Director at Urban Word
One of New York Cities unsung heroes among the hip hop and drum n bass communities, Mikal aka Hired Gun has repped various crews in the tri-state area over the past ten plus years. Moving permanently to Brooklyn, NY in 2000 “HG” has been one of the underground’s most consistent, versatile and creative emcees rockin the stage.