Photo by Lisa Houlgrave.

Photo by Lisa Houlgrave.

Hi there!

I'm Alaina. This is my very formal picture. And below is my very formal bio:

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Alaina Ferris is a composer, poet, and music educator located in Brooklyn, New York. She composes music primarily New York's downtown theater community with an emphasis in choral works.

She has most recently composed for, music directed, and performed in: SoHo Rep.'s Annual Gala, Joshua William Gelb's The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture, directed by Meghan Finn (The Connelly Theater), Mia Rovegno's Nothin’s Gonna Change My World (The Barge Museum), Scott Adkins's The Kioskers, directed by Mia Rovegno (St. Ann’s Warehouse's Labapalooza Festival). She performed in Temporary Distortion's six-hour durational music installation, My Voice Has an Echo In It (Watermill Center, Via Festival, Stereolux, Exit Festival). 

Alaina is presently developing a staged song-cycle about video games and trauma processing titled Raid 2.0/Myrmidon. Alaina is also currently composing for William Burke's The Keeners (University Settlement, North American Cultural Laboratory) and Karinne Keithly Syers's play The Lydian Gale Parr. 

Her poetry chapbook, 'While Listening,' was recently released by The Operating System in 2016. Her manuscript, 'To Be Awake Means to Will,' was a 2015 Finalist for the National Poetry Series and a 2018 Finalist for Fence Modern Poets.

Alaina was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and later moved to Boulder County, Colorado. She earned her B.A. in Music and Creative Writing from the University of Denver and her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University.