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Kraal Charles Media, LLC

Committed to writing and producing more theatrical productions to tell stories that transmit truth, power, and change.


Groups and programs produced by Kraal Charles Media, LLC.

The Male Ego

Coming from a world where men are synonymous to macho, and pink should rarely be worn, it is hard to believe that a grown man can cry-that giants can gently weep-that the safety of men can be found in the Male Ego. 


HerStory chronicles four female poets-by-night struggling with vanity, hardship and cultural confusion. From girlhood to the real world, this multicultural cast takes you on their journey through self-discovery.

Growing Up Daddy

Growing Up Daddy is a one man show performed by world famous Def Poet Kayo. Growing Up Daddy is an honest depiction of what every father endures, when their sense of responsibility challenges their passion.

Generation Verb

Generation Verb strives to continue the African traditional art of storytelling. From the Griots, to Negro spirituals, gospel call and response, the dozens, ragtime, jazz, the oral tradition has been the backbone of storytelling for the African diaspora. Spoken word poetry is a new spin to an old coin.


VERSES! The only open mic, monologue, short skits, and stand-up comedy musical showcase at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe. It is the only place to be the last Saturday of each month at the Cafe. 

Verses Versus Verses
V3 League

The V3 League Tournament (Versus Versus Verses)is a spoken word competition showcasing the best as well as emerging poets in the nation. The tournament is a head to head competition which will take place primarily at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café but will also be in other locations throughout New York City.. 

Shows & Events

Shows and events produced and co-produced by Kraal Charles Media, LLC.


The Company

Kraal “Kayo” Charles founded Kraal Charles Media, LLC. as a way to use spoken word as a vehicle on theatrical stages. Kayo has created numerous traveling original productions combining poetry and theatre, propelling Kraal Charles Media to become one of the fastest growing spoken word organizations in America.

The  Founder

Kraal “Kayo” Charles, a Brooklyn native, is a performer, playwright, and producer. He has traveled extensively around the globe to be featured on stage, television, radio, and film. Kayo began his career on New York City’s poetry slam scene, becoming the youngest Grand Slam Champion at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café in 1998.

His success translated to the masses as he was the first poet ever to present to audiences of thousands at the Harlem Book Fair and millions at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square. Kayo was highlighted during the inaugural season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and in the documentaries, Bone Bristle and Hughes Dreams Harlem.

He has shared the stage with literary legends Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, and Chinua Achebe and has performed for luminaries Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and Comptroller William Thompson.


HerStory lifts up the voices of women from different ethnic backgrounds, expressing their perspectives on life in modern America.

The Male Ego highlights four men of diverse upbringings who present their takes on masculinity with honesty and vulnerability.

Growing Up Daddy is Kayo’s own one-man theatrical dedicated to the birth of his daughter. In this play, he is forced to answer some very hard questions about money, relationships, fatherhood, and how to do everything well.

Kayo has produced other one-person theatricals including, Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker by Helena D. Lewis, Culture Bandit by Vanessa Hidary, and Emergence-See by Daniel Beaty.

These productions have delighted audiences at hundreds of colleges and universities, including: Princeton, Vassar, Clark Atlanta, James Madison, UCONN, and UMASS.

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