Screen grab from the 1991 film "Daughters of the Dust."

Alva Rogers is an award-winning artist who works as a composer, performer, and playwright. She incorporates techniques of creative writing and performance into her unique elementary school curriculum. She is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Spoleto Festival USA, The Kitchen, Dixon Place and Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Films have commissioned her work, and her readings and productions have been presented by the aforementioned theaters as well as 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 has collaborated with important artists including Heather Henson, Lisa Jones, Whitfield Lovell, Butch Morris, Vernon Reid, Elliot Sharp, Lorna Simpson, Urban Bush Women, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson.

Alva holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. She has been a teaching artist since returning from living in Bandung, Indonesia in 1999, when she was commissioned to create a special storytelling curriculum for Kindergarten and 1st grade.

Alva's "Reading Writing Pictures" is a unique workshop which blends several art forms to teach tolerance, promote self-esteem, and help children experience success in the arts as well as in English, Social Studies, and other courses in the standard curriculum. For more information please visit Alva's Website