Photo by  Lisa Houlgrave .

Photo by Lisa Houlgrave.

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

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Alaina Ferris is a theater composer and music educator whose work explores how multiplayer alternate realities (whether, musically, digitally, or theatrically created) can foster trust and empathy in communities. She examines how oppression and power structures are built into the fabric of our collaborative “play” spaces, both on and offline, and how we can reclaim those spaces by modeling kind and radically honest collaboration. Her work is inspired by a love of Renaissance chorales, video game soundtracks, and her daily practice of teaching piano, voice, and harp lessons.

Alaina has worked with SoHo Rep, Barnard College/Columbia University, Abrons Arts Center, The Connelly Theater, and St. Ann’s Warehouse. She has worked with artists Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Steve Earle, César Alvarez, Anne Waldman, Eliza Bent, Mia Rovegno, Mac Wellman, and more.

Her poetry chapbook, 'While Listening,' was 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.

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