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TJ Medel is attending the University of Arkansas in Little Rock as a Theater Major in the Theater and Dance Department. This New Jersey native started his acting career at the age of 13 in productions such as Guys and Dolls, Footloose, South Pacific, The Crucible, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduating, he would attend The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in New York. While on that journey, he would discover the art of Spoken Word and became one of the pioneers of youth poetry in New Jersey. He was on the first ever 2006 New Jersey Youth Poetry Slam Team and participated in what is now known as HBO’s Brave New Voices. In 2007, he ranked top 20 out of over 1200 students and was a finalist in the 2007 New York Knicks Poetry Slam Series held in Madison Square Garden. Before he moved to Arkansas, he had already featured, performed, and educated in over 50 schools, colleges, and venues in the tri-state area by the age of 19. Some stages as incredible as the Legendary Nuyorican Poets Café and Performance Space 122 as well as some prestigious colleges such as Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Pace to name a few. Once in Arkansas, he represented Little Rock in 2008, 2009, and 2011 at the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam competition as well as representing Oklahoma City at the 2009 Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam. But it was in 2009 that he became the Southern Fried Individual Champion, beating over 150 of the nation’s best Spoken Word artists, and earning the title “King of the South”. While attending UALR, he has appeared as an actor in productions such as Twelfth Night or What You Will and Kate Crackernuts. When not in the spotlight, he works as a freelance stagehand for many dance studios and theaters in Central Arkansas as well as educating and performing Spoken Word all over the South. He is currently a founding member of The Unified Artists Movement, a performance company based in Little Rock, as well as a founder of Foreign Tongues, a Spoken Word Poetry Group also based in Little Rock.
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