ALVA ROGERS

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Aug 2nd 2018 to Aug 31st 2018
  • PRACTICE : Playwriting
  • FROM : USA
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Playwright Alva Rogers' writing utilizes magic realism to explore themes of American identity and “the uses of enchantment.” Her dream of becoming a playwright began after reading Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young Gifted and Black" when she was seventeen. While on this circuitous journey, she has received Master of Fine Arts degrees from Brown University and NYU and a Master of Arts in Teaching Program in History from Bard College.

She was a co-founder, lead performer and muse of Rodeo Caldonia, a performance collective and theater troupe whose sold-out performances spanned the period from 1985-1989. Rogers and her work with Rodeo will be featured in the upcoming traveling exhibition, We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85 at the Brooklyn Museum (April-September 2017). Her works for the stage include scooping the darkness empty (Public Theater commission); the doll plays, (Actor's Express Theater production); the musicals Night bathing, Sunday, and the Mermaid (Bruce Monroe, composer), have been presented in the Public Theater's New Work Now Festival. Radio plays Aunt Aida's Hand and Stained were produced for National Public Radio. She's featured in the film, Daughters of the Dust.