Alaina Ferris is a theater composer, music director, 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.
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.
- Off Broadway
- NYC/Tri-State Area
- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Theatrical Lyricist
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Music Assistant
- Vocal Arranger
- Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
- Music Copyist
- Music Transcriber
- Sound Designer/Composer
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Voice teacher with roster of private students