Modesto Flako Jimenez

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

A Bushwick-raised artist and educator, Modesto Flako Jimenez is a 2015 HOLA Best Ensemble Award Winner, an ATI Best Actor Award Winner 2016, a HOLA Outstanding Solo Performer 2017, a 2016 Princess Grace Honorarium in Theatre, and has been profiled in The New York Times. He has taught theatre/poetry in New York City public schools for 10 years. Flako Jimenez has toured internationally and has appeared on TEDxBushwick and in Early Shaker Spirituals (Wooster Group), Richard Maxwell’s Samara (Soho Rep.), Kaneza Schaal’s Jack & (BAM), and Victor Morales Esperento (Sundance). In 2018, he became the first Dominican-American lead artist in The Public Theatre’s UTR Festival for ¡Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn. SLC, 2020-

Undergraduate Courses 2020-2021


Shake on The Block: Adapting, Devising, and Performing the Bard

Intermediate , Component—Year

This class meets twice a week.

Feuding principals from rival elementary schools. Competing Bodegas on opposite corners. William Shakespeare has been the most adapted and performed playwright in history.  For the last century, his plays have been adapted all over the world in many different shapes and forms- Cartoons, Films, Dances, endless lists. What is it that makes his work so globally accepted? Why do we love his novelas so much?  The ‘Shake on the block’ class will help demystify the immortal Bard through playwriting, adapting & performance. Students will focus on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play and selected sonnets. We will examine the techniques and aesthetics in theater and film adaptations of the play, questioning originality and poetic license, the text, and who performs it. Students will be asked to create their own adaptations of sonnets and scenes, and then come together to collaborate to adapt our own version of Romeo and Juliet.