The Get Lit Players (GLPs) are an award-winning performance troupe of teenagers from high schools throughout Los Angeles County. The Get Lit Players travel across the nation performing classic and spoken word poetry for over 15,000 of their peers, inspiring them to read, write, lead in their communities, and participate in the arts. They were honored by a special invitation to the White House in 2011 and have since performed at the Hollywood Bowl alongside John Legend and on the Queen Latifah show with Gloria Steinem! They have also lit up the Kennedy Center in DC and Lincoln Center in New York City with their words. The GLPs are currently ranked 3rd in the world for spoken word poetry according to the esteemed international teen poetry competition Brave New Voices, and they are the only teen performance troupe in the nation to combine the performance of both classic and spoken word poetry. They have been featured on PBS, HBO, Huffington Post, and LA Times.

Annually, the Get Lit Players spread the love & word about Get Lit through “Blitzes” at high schools all LA, and in a city where the high school drop-out rate is 60%, nearly 100% of Get Lit Players attend university, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, Brown, UCLA, The New School and USC, and others. Get Lit Players also have the opportunity to participate in NEXT STEP, a facet of the program that offers them intimate one-on-one college guidance and counseling. This year’s GLP coaches are three-time Southern Fried Poetry winner Matthew Cuban Hernandez, HBO Def Poet Paul Mabon, and LA Grand Slam champion Alyesha Wise. Go in, poets!

Latest News

NEW DATE: Audition to be a Get Lit Player or Filmmaker on Oct 5!

It’s all happening. Auditions for our elite Get Lit Player will take place in the office on October 5 from 12 to 3 with coach Matthew Cuban! Please bring a classic poem (classical or contemporary, any great, well-known poem) and also an original poem, both...

Get Lit Players WIN the Raise Up Project with their group poem!

THRILLED to announce that out of all that entered, Get Lit Players have WON the Youth Speaks Raise Up Project group contest with our poem “Stand Clear!” Poets Walter, Kyland & Brian will be traveling to the Kennedy Center in DC to perform with coach...

Get Lit Players Perform at the Hollywood Bowl!

Young Poets Light Up the Hollywood Bowl! Three of our Get Lit Players, Belissa, Zariya and Rhiannon, were honored last week as they performed alongside R&B rockstar John Legend at the Hollywood Bowl. Watch as they perform their powerful piece “Somewhere in...

Get Lit Mentors

Get Lit Mentors are poets who have graduated from high chat with girls online now school but continue to support and perform with Get Lit while attending university!