Alaina Ferris is a composer and music educator located in Brooklyn, New York.
She has most recently composed for, music directed, and performed in: Joshua William Gelb's The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture, directed by Meghan Finn (The Connelly Theater & Prelude Festival), Mia Rovegno's Nothin’s Gonna Change My World (The Barge Museum, Dixon Place, NaCl), 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). She is currently developing The Keeners with playwright William Burke, which has residencies at University Settlement in March and North American Cultural Laboratory this summer.
Her poetry chapbook, 'While Listening,' was recently released by The Operating System. 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.