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Alva Rogers is a writer, dramatist, lyricist and educator whose writing utilizes magic realism to explore themes of American identity, gender, otherness and “the uses of enchantment.” Her writing for solo performance uses deconstructed nursery rhymes recapitulated with musical memories from childhood. While studying creative writing at Brown University, Rogers was encouraged by professor Robert Coover to look for places where music and performance practices could fit into her genre-crossing writing using a hypertext structure.

Her use of dolls and puppets reveals the uses of enchantment and highlights the need to return to that childlike state of dwelling harmoniously in both reality and imagination.

Rogers is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Jim Henson Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer and a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, among others. The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Dixon Place, Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Films, The Kitchen and the Spoleto Festival, USA have commissioned works. Readings and productions have been presented by HERE, Actor’s Express Theater, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Trinity Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, The Walker Art Center, P.S. 122, The New Museum, Pillsbury House Theater, The O’Neill Puppetry Conference and the American Museum of Natural History. She was a co-founder, lead performer and muse in Rodeo Caldonia, a performance collective/art lab/theater troupe that worked together in New York City from 1985–1989.

New York University’s Fales Special Collections Library acquired her personal papers for  its Downtown Art Collection. She is currently working on a novel, a work of creative non-fiction, and an archival website for her performance work.

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