Profile: Alva Rogers (1959-)

Alva Rogers is an American playwright, composer, actor, vocalist, and arts educator. She is known for the use of dolls and puppetry in interdisciplinary work. Rogers performed in the role of Eula Peazant in Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust. and was a vocalist in the New York City alternative rock band Band of Susans.

Early life

Rogers was born and raised in New York City, where she graduated with a concentration in vocal music from The High School of Music & Art. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history from Marietta College. In 1995, she received a Master of Fine Arts in musical theater writing from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. In 1998, she received a Master of Fine Arts in literary arts from Brown University, and in 2013, she received a Master of Arts in teaching with a focus on history from Bard College.

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