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Curriculum Vitae

 
Master of Arts in Teaching, Bard College
MAT, History
- Year-long Teaching Apprenticeships in New York City public schools
- Academic Research Project: The Cold War, The Color Line and The Silver Screen
- NYS Certification (in process)
- Classroom Research Project: The Diversity of Understanding: The Enlightenment Era

Department of English, Brown University
MFA, Creative Writing
- Beinecke Playwriting Fellowship
- Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
MFA, Musical Theater Writing
- Yip Harburg Fellowship
- Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship
- Betty Green-Fishoff Troupers Award

Marietta College
BA, American History

The High School of Music and Art
NYS Regents Diploma (Vocal music concentration)

 

Fellowships, Honors, Residencies, Exhibitions and Awards

- We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–1985 Brooklyn Museum    April–September 2017
- Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellowship (playwriting) Montalvo Arts Center    2017–2020
- Writer-In-Residence at The Carriage House/Ibex Puppetry    2015–2017
- Marietta College Distinguished Alumna Award    2016
- Hedgebrook Women's Playwright's Festival, maya in the cities, (residency at Hedgebrook and presentation of scenes at ACT Theater in Seattle). April-May, Whidbey Island, WA    2011
- The O’Neill National Puppetry Conference with Artist-In-Residence, Heather Henson, as a Story Consultant and Script Writer on Ms. Henson’s Panther and Crane, June 13–18, Waterford, CT    2009
- Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, American Museum of Natural History    2006
- Hedgebrook/Seattle Reperatory Women’s Playwright’s Festival    2006
- Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Films, Script Commission    2005
- New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting    2004
- Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant    2004
- NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program For Playwrights (Playwright-in-Residence at The Joseph Papp Public Theater)    2003–2005
- The O’Neill National Puppetry Conference with Puppeteer Heather Henson. Mermaid, A Musical tale, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe, puppets and toy theater by Heather Henson.    2002
- Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production Fund Grant (to develop the doll plays, in collaboration with The Fund For Women Artists and Actor’s Express Theater)    2002
- Bessie Award, New York Dance Theatre Workshop    1995
- New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Performance    1988
- Franklin Furnace Fund For Performance Art, Grant    1988
- The Kitchen, Development Grant    1987

 

Productions/Readings

2016
- International Crane Backpack Show, International tour (China Tibet) by Heather Henson and Tsering Choedron, produced by IBEX Puppetry, dramaturgy by Alva Rogers.

2015
- Crane: On Earth, In Sky, An Environmental Spectacle Puppet Theater by Heather Henson and Ty Defoe,
an IBEX Puppetry production, dramaturgy by Alva Rogers. LA MAMA, New York, NY

2009
- Panther and Crane (production) produced by IBEX puppetry, script and lyrics by Alva Rogers. Story conceived and created by Heather Henson; Vandy Wood, director. National Puppetry Festival, Atlanta, GA (July 14)

2006
- What Remnants Remain, Dixon Place Mondo Cane! Commission, (workshop), Daniella Topol, Director.
New York, NY (November–December)
- What Remnants Remain, Dixon Place Mondo Cane! Commission, Pillsbury House Theater, Minneapolis, MN (October)
- Scooping The Darkness Empty (reading), Allison Narver, director. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Women’s Playwright’s Festival (April)  

  2004
- Scooping The Darkness Empty (reading), Peter DuBois, director. The Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY
- Mermaid, a musical tale, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe, Daniela Topol, director. The Women’s Project, New York, NY  

  2003
- belly, three shorts (September–October) (production, New Georges in residence at HERE, Julia Whitworth, director, New York, NY  

  2002
- the doll plays, by Alva Rogers, directed by Peter Dubois (World Premier/January–March) Actor’s Express Theater, Atlanta, GA
- Sunday, a musical fable, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe. New Work Now! Festival of Readings, Joseph Papp PublicTheatre (Reading), New York, NY
- Mermaid, a musical tale, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe, puppets and toy theater by Heather Henson. O’Neill Puppetry Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, (workshop) Waterford, CT  

  2001
- belly, three shorts, by Alva Rogers, directed by Julia Whitworth. New Georges Theatre Workshop /Reading), New York, NY  

  2000
- Sunday, a musical fable, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe. Joseph Papp Public Theater (Reading), New York, NY
- the doll plays, by Alva Rogers. New Work Now! Festival of Readings, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY  

  1998
- The Bride Who Became Frightened When She Saw Life Open, a dream narrative, by Alva Rogers. Reading Series, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
- the doll plays, by Alva Rogers. New Works for a New World Summer Playlab, New World Theater at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
- The Whole Wide World, by Alva Rogers. Steinberg New Plays Festival, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence, RI
- The Whole Wide World, by Alva Rogers. Black Women Playwright’s Reading Series, Yale Cabaret, Yale University, New Haven, CT  

  1997
- The Bride Who Became Frightened When She Saw Life Open, by Alva Rogers. The Sternberg New Plays Festival, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence, RI  

  1995
- NIGHTbathing, book and lyrics by Alva Rogers, music by Bruce Monroe. Joseph Papp Public Theater (Reading), New York, NY
- Stained, music and lyrics by Alva Rogers, book by Lisa Jones. New Voices New Visions Festival, The City College, New York, NY  

 

Publications

- Women’s Project and Productions, Rowing To America and sixteen other short plays, Julia Myles, Ed. "The Life Before, Reconstruction, Reconstructing Whiteness," by Alva Rogers. Smith and Kraus, North Stratford, NH. Summer 2002
- Nu Muse, New Plays from Brown University, A. Rahman, ed. "the whole wide world," by Alva Rogers, no. 5, 1998
- Venus in the Mirror, Women Writing Women, An Anthology, Karen Lillis, Ed. "NIGHTbathing," an excerpt by Alva Rogers, no. one, Brooklyn Words Like Kudzu Press, 2001  

 

Lectures

- Black Artstory Month: Remembering Rodeo Caldonia, Lisa Jones and Alva Rogers in Conversation with Greg Tate at Pillow Cafe Lounge, Brooklyn, NY. February 20, 2015
- Smith College: Women Theatre Artists as World Citizens, Moderated by Professor Andrea Hairston, Northampton, MA. April 9, 2001
- The Studio Museum in Harlem: Alva Rogers and Whitfield Lovell, A Conversation in Conjunction with Whitfield Lovell: Whispers from the Walls. New York, NY. November 17, 2000
- University of Pennsylvania: The Non-Verbal Language of Daughters of the Dust, Philadelphia, PA. March 23, 1998
- Princeton University: Both Sides of the Camera: 1993 Women and Film Series. Highway 21 off 802: The Making of Daughters of The Dust; Princeton, NJ February 25, 1993
- The Dalton School: African-American Images in Film and History; New York, NY. February 8, 1994
- University of Massachusetts: The Non-Verbal Language of Daughters of the Dust, Boston, MA. December 10, 1997
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts: Who Are The Gullah?, A Screening of Daughters of the Dust; Boston, MA. March 8, 1992
- Trinity College, Black Women: Self Concept, Seminar. Black Women’s Weekend Celebration; Hartford, CT. April 20–21, 1990  

 

Television / Voice-overs

2001
- Sesame Street, Mother, film short, Art in Everyday Life, Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1997
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Afraid of The Dark, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1995
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Toy, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Happy Birthday Party, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1994
- Electric Company, Voice-over for an animated segment, Three Chubby Bubs, Ken Brown/LisaCrafts Animation, New York, NY.
- Electric Company, Voice-over for an animated segment, Little Red Riding Hood, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1993
- Cartoon Network, Commercial (National/Cable). Girl in Central Park.
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Black Is Sweet, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, One Duckling, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1992
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Country Girl; City Girl, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

  1991
- Sesame Street, Voice-over for an animated segment, Bud the Bird, Ken Brown/Lisa Crafts Animation, New York, NY.  

 

Bibliography, selected

- Historical Dictionary of African American Theater (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts) by Anthony D. Hill, Published by The Scarecrow Press, Inc. (Hardcover - Jan 16, 2009), p. 424
- The History of Sex in American Film by Jody W. Pennington, Edition: illustrated, Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, p. 126
- The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa by Evan Eisenberg, Edition: 2, Published by Yale University Press, 2005, p. x
- The Best Plays Theater Yearbook 2003–2004 by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Edition: 85, illustrated, Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2005, p. 283
- The Color of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance by Roberta Uno, Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Published by Continuum International Publishing Group, New York, 2005, p. 15
- The 50 most influential Black films: a celebration of African-American talent, determination, and creativity by Torriano Berry, Edition: illustrated, Published by Citadel Press, 2002, p. 217
- black hair: Art, Style, and Culture (Ima Ebong, editor; with a forward by A’Lellia Bundles), Universe/Rizzoli International Pub. Inc., New York, (Winter 2001–2002 pub). Cover and back flap
- Fred Wilson: objects and installations 1979–2000 by Maurice Berger, Jennifer A. González, Fred Wilson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Center for Art and Visual Culture Contributor Maurice Berger, Jennifer A. González, Edition: illustrated, Published by Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2001, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Nov 9, 2007, p. 25
- Toms, coons, mulattoes, mammies, and bucks: an interpretive history of Blacks in American films by Donald Bogle, Edition: 4, illustrated, Published by Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001, p. 349
- Buppies, B-Boys, Baps, and Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul Black Culture by Nelson George, Published by Da Capo Press, New York, 2001, p. 272
- The Art of Whitfield Lovell, Whispers from the Walls, with an essay by Lucy Lippard, University of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, 1999, pp. xii, 68
- Women Artists of Color: A Bio-critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the Americas by Phoebe Farris, Contributor Phoebe Farris, Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 1999, p. 354
- O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance by Holly Hughes, David Román, Published by Grove Press, New York, 1998, p. 282
- Roger Ebert’s Video Companion by Roger Ebert, Edition: 13, illustrated, Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997, Original from the University of Virginia, Digitized Aug 1, 2008, p. 194
- The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Lucy Lippard. The New Press, New York, 1997, p. 280
- Contemporary Plays by Women of Color: an Anthology by Kathy A. Perkins, Roberta Uno, Contributor Roberta Uno, Edition: illustrated, Published by Routledge, 1996, p. 216
- New histories: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston by Milena Kalinovska, Judith Wilson, Lia Gangitano, Steven Nelson, Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.), Contributor Judith Wilson, Edition: illustrated, Published by The Institute, 1996, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Nov 15, 2000, p. 212
- Dawoud Bey: portraits 1975–1995 by Dawoud Bey, Walker Art Center, Kellie Jones, Jock Reynolds, Contributor Kellie Jones, Edition: illustrated, Published by Walker Art Center, 1995, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Dec 17, 2007, p. 45
- “Who set you Flowin’?”: the African-American Migration Narrative by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Edition: illustrated, Published by Oxford University Press US, 1995, p. 180
- Gumbo Ya-Ya: An Anthology of African-American Women Artists (Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, ed.) Midmarch Arts Press, New York, 1995, pp. 235–236
- “She Came with the Rodeo,” Lisa Jones, Bulletproof Diva — Tales of Race, Sex and Hair, Doubleday, New York, 1994, pp. 129–140
- Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Notebooks by Jean Michel Basquiat, Larry Warsh, Demosthenes Davvetas, Henry Geldzahler, Contributor Henry Geldzahler, Edition: illustrated. Published by Art + Knowledge, 1993, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Nov 13, 2007, p. 48
- On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century by C. Carr, Edition: illustrated, Published by Wesleyan University Press, 1993, p. 208
- “Funky Divas”, Hilton Als and Emil Wilbekin. Vibe, vol. 1 no. 2, October 1993, pp. 72–73
- The great Hollywood musical pictures by James Robert Parish, Michael R. Pitts, Edition: illustrated, Published by Scarecrow Press, 1992, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Jan 2, 2007, p. 210
- “A Gathering of the Tribes: A Multicultural Magazine of the Arts”, special issue on women and performance, New York, 2:1, pp. 34–35, April 1992
- “Boyz and Girlz in the Hood,” Nelson George Songs of My People, (eds E. Easter et al.), Little, Brown & Co., New York, pp. 65–66, 1992
- “Songs From the Travelogue,” Alva Rogers, Movement Research Performance Journal, (Ed. Esther Kaplan), pp. 6–9, Winter/Spring no. 4, 1992
- Five for five: the films of Spike Lee by Spike Lee, Terry McMillan, David Lee, Photographs by David Lee, Contributor Spike Lee, David Lee, Edition: illustrated, Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1991, p. 51
- Lorna Simpson and Alva Rogers, Places with a Past: New Site-Specific Art at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Spoleto Festival USA & Rizzoli International Pub. Inc., New York, pp. 138–145, 1991
- “Alva Ascending,” Magda Dajani. Elle, vol. no. 2, p. 88, 1990
- Wannabees, Jigaboos, and Wannaboos, Spike Lee and Lisa Jones, “Uplift the Race, the Construction of School Daze,” Fireside/Simon & Schuster, New York, pp. 90–91, 1988  

 

Performance (Writer and Performer)

2017 (January)
- World Music Festival, Town Hall Seattle with musicians Charles Burnham and Brandon Ross  

2007
- The Chorus of Poets, Conducted by Butch Morris. “Conduction No. 172, Where Is Peace?” Writer/Vocalist, The Living Theater  

  1997
- The Doppler Effect, by Kerry James Marshall, songs written and performed by A. Rogers. The NextWave Festival (Artist In Action Series) Brooklyn Academy of Music  

  1996
- New Histories: New Music festival presents Kissing and Telling, written and performed by A. Rogers, accompanied by Mo Method. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- In Performance, Shanzer-Speech duo with special guest vocalist, A. Rogers. Lafayette Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Miss Mermaid’s Coral Cove, written and performed by Alva Rogers, accompanied by Randall Eng. Dixon Place, New York, NY  

  1994
- Bad Girls/The Reno Roast, performer/roaster, a public event organized in conjunction with the exhibition (Bad Girls), The New Museum, New York, NY
- John Zorn’s Cobra, Vocalist. The Knitting Factory, New York, NY  

  1993
- Alva Solo, Rooftop: Concerts at Twilight, YWCA at 53rd Street, New York, NY  

  1992
- Kissing and Telling, written and performed by Alva Rogers, Mo’ Madness Festival curated by George C. Wolfe, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY
- We Could Be Sheroes, wrote and performed segment. Produced by David Leslie, The Kitchen Experimental Theatre, New York, NY
- Radio Pirata: Colon Go Home, a live broadcast from la pinta dos, featured performance on audio segment, written and directed by Guillermo Gomez Pena and Coco Fusco. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Untitled blue-dot dancer, written and directed by Laurie Anderson for the 20th Anniversary Benefit Celebration for The Kitchen Experimental Theatre at Town Hall, New York, NY
- Alva’s Greatest Hits, Dixon Place Seventh Anniversary, New York, NY  

  1991
- Moving Beyond the Madness: a Festival of New Voices, Solo. Produced by George C. Wolfe, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY
- Sound Environment for installation created with Lorna Simpson, "Places with a Past: Site Specific Art in Charleston," Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC
- Alva, Solo, Arena Theatre, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
- Alva, Solo. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- Songs from the Travelogue, written and directed by Alva Rogers, visuals Alison Saar. “New Faces.” Aaron Davis Hall, The City College, New York, NY
- Alva, Solo. Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT  

  1990
- Alva, featured act, “The Field Trip”, produced by Performance Space 122, Milwaukee Art Museum
- Alva, featured act, "The Field Trip”, produced by Performance Space 122, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Islands, solo. "The Decade Show: Frame works of Identity in the 1980’s”, curated by The Studio Museum in Harlem, The New Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The Dance Theatre Workshop New York, NY
- Alva, Solo. Central Park Summer Stage accompanied by John Sherman, New York, NY  

 

Film

- Brooklyn Boheme (documentary, as herself) 2012
- Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA  (video documentary, Eula Peazant) 2011
- Window on my Present, as Girl on shoulders, by Cinque Lee 2010
- The Flooded Playground, as The Singing Tree, by Lisa Crafts 2005
- Daughters of the Dust, as Eula (lead), by Julie Dash. American Playhouse 1991/2016
- Fresh Kill, an Eco-Cybernoia film, as cello player in locker, by Shu Lea Cheang 1988
- School Daze, as Doris (supporting), by Spike Lee. Columbia Pictures 1988

 

Story Consultant (Film and Theater)

- Lhamo Trung Trung, Alex U Griffin Director (Heather Henson Productions)  2016
- Season of Wonder, by Lisa Crafts (Lisa Crafts Animation)  2016
- The Flooded Playground, by Lisa Crafts (Lisa Crafts Animation)  2005  

 

Radio Commissions

- Stained, music, lyrics, and all characterizations performed by Alva Rogers. New American Radio Series Commission, National Public Radio
- Aunt Aida’s Hand, story, music, lyrics, and all characterizations performed by Alva Rogers, book by Lisa Jones. New American Radio Series Commission, National Public Radio  

 

Recordings, selected

- Times Up, back-up vocalist on, Elvis Is Dead. Living Colour, Epic
- Live at The Knitting Factory, Volume I A&M Records
- Blessing and Curse, vocalist, Band of Susans, Trace Elements Records
- Sometimes, vocalist, Robert Poss, Trace Elements Records
- Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Yahoo’s, vocalist. Elliot Sharp, Silent Records
- Your Life, vocalist. Konk
- Reflections, Bernadette Speach, vocalist. Mode Records  

 

Memberships

- Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
- The Dramatist Guild
- Screen Actors Guild