Lucas Artists Fellow

Alva Rogers
Photo: Dawoud Bey
  • RESIDENCY DATES : Sep 5th 2017 to Sep 30th 2017 | Jan 25th 2018 to Jan 28th 2018 | Aug 31st 2018 to Sep 30th 2018 | Sep 4th 2019 to Sep 30th 2019
  • PRACTICE : Playwright
  • FROM : USA

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.