Multidisciplinary artist, theater producer, cultural organizer, and human rights activist Michael Premo fights for those who risk displacement, such as families struggling to prevent foreclosures or hurricane victims rebuilding their communities. Premo is the co-director of Housing Is a Human Right (HHR), a creative storytelling project that explores the complex fabric of community and the human right to housing, land, and the dignity of a place to call home. Other audio projects include Earsay, Inc. and NPR’s StoryCorps.
As an activist and sometimes organizer he has worked with various groups and organizations including the Occupy movement. Following Hurricane Sandy he helped launch the Occupy Sandy network and co-created Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on neighborhoods and communities. The project was selected for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural, juried transmedia showcase, Storyscapes, and won the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia. In addition, he is currently an impact producer for The Message, a multiplatform documentary project based on Naomi Klein’s book.
Premo has also created, produced, and presented original works of art with theater companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, and Company One. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Network of Ensemble Theaters, and was a founding producer and curator of The Globesity Festival: Hunger Strike Theater. In addition, his photography has appeared in numerous outlets including Left Turn, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Narratively, and Het Parool (Holland).
Premo studied the role of arts in social and political organizing at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is based in Brooklyn, NY. www.michaelpremo.com