The Freestyle Craft of Brenton Zola

Hey There!

I’m Brenton

I have always had a passion for language and improvisation. For over half my life I’ve engaged in the craft of freestyle: using music and improvisational verse to bring together communities, organizations and the human village.
Many people in freestyle spaces call me “The Professor.” My style focuses on using my wide knowledge in academics, history, etymology, tech and more to bring layered ideas that allow a person or organization to truly feel seen.
I’ve worked to bring freestyle into spaces that it hasn’t typically been found: Museums, Government symposiums,  social impact conferences, and more. (You can see some examples below!). Nice to meet you :o)

Formal Bio

Brenton Zola uses the power of words to cultivate humanity. He is a writer, improviser and multi-disciplinary artist. Informed by travel to 70 nations, his work blends narrative, philosophy and history to examine questions of ethics and the human social fabric. Brenton is an inaugural member of the LinkedIn Creator Accelerator program and a former inaugural Playwright Fellow at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His poem “Multiplicity” is one of the official poems of the City of Denver.
His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Newsweek, LA Times, INC, American Theater, PBS, Boulevard Magazine, Prism and NPR member-station WBUR Boston, among others.
He has also led creative collaborations with the NFL, Norman Rockwell Museum, Oracle, Airbnb and many others. His professional journey started with living at a meditation and martial arts school in Asia, which led to work through social impact and the arts.  Brenton has been an artist-in-residence at collectives worldwide and serves as a curator for multiple journals and events. He is a Moth story slam champion and  a proud member of Playback Theatre West & Storytellers Acapella, He believes truth can be found at the intersection of disciplines and stories.

What Can I Do?

  • Event Rap-Up
  • Hosting
  • Storytelling
  • Songwriting + Custom Raps
  • Teaching


I’ve organized and hosted two of the biggest TEDx events in the world for several years and end each one with a freestyle summary of 15+ talks. I’ve also hosted events for The Moth, Pop-Up magazine, Airbnb, the US Government and countless organizations.


My particular style of freestyle is Listening + Presence. It’s to have as many layered callbacks to an event or culture as I can.

Songwriting and Custom Raps

I’ve written songs for many years and have always been passionate about the lyric — from poem to musical verse. I have adapted already-written songs for companies and private events and have also composed many from scratch. So I can create custom raps, songs, spoken word, musical arrangements to create impact and to make a group feel uniquely seen.
I am also part of a professional vocal group that is known for the musical improvisation into our artform. We combine acapella harmonies, storytelling, beatboxing, multi-cultural music and freestyle to create unique, impactful events that bring communities together.

Of Humans Impacted


Teaching is at the core of my work and identity. I worked in private education for many years and whether it was a lesson on calculus or improvisational acting, I always incorporated music and freestyle into my lessons. Now I take the tenets of freestyle and improv in workshops all around the world

I recently co-hosted a workshop with a longtime friend on the neuroscience of freestyle rap and improvisation on Interintellect — a conversation forum hosting the most interesting conversations on the internet.

The Premise:

The world in the next few decades will look almost immeasurably different from today. More professionals will require lateral thinking to thrive.

So how do we cultivate a sense of mental flexibility? Freestyle rap and other forms of improvisation activate the medial prefrontal cortex, which is designed for building associative context between concepts, time and memories, Improvisation also turns off the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is designed for limited attention and self-judgment.

To answer this question, we led a group of neuroscientists, technologists, researchers and writers through improvisation and freestyle, sharing research and then going into a salon format about how improvisational thinking can help us meet the challenges of the future.

“One of the most fun Zoom experiences I've ever had”