DEANNA RODGER

About

Photo credit to Graham Lacdao

Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator.

Currently the third recipient of the Kevin Elyot Award at University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection. Commissions include: SPOTY 2018 - Dina Asher Smith (BBC Sports), Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), and Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer). She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground.

In development with Feral D vs Damsel (Raise Dark Theatre), Matter a creative experiment and, EARTH: The Show (written with Gemma Rogers) and a book of self-critique. Also founder of Meet The Bacchae a blog of mother’s stories of escape and Take Back Control (TBC) a prompt book for mums who are feeling at a loss.

Debut collection I Did It Too is out now. 

  • Actor and a voice over artist (Boiler Rooms, BBC Sports)

  • Teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University.

  • Tutor at School of Communication Arts (‘The most successful ad school in the world’).

  • Chill Pill is a crew made up of: Deanna, Raymond Antrobus, Adam Kammerling, Mr Gee and Simon Mole.

  • Come Rhyme With Me is the love child of Deanna and Dean Atta

  • Member of prominent poetry collectives; Keats House Poetry Forum and Point Blank Poets (Biennale UK Artist International award 2011) << it's within the decade

  • Previous international trips include: Anglo Arts, San Miguel poetry Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, International Festival Of Authors Toronto, facilitator and judge for the Beirut poetry slam, South Africa (several), Zimbabwe and Sudan (British Council).

  • Accolades: ELLE UK’s ’30 inspirational women under 30′, The Female Lead’s ’20intheir20s’, Cosmopolitan’s ‘No.1 trailblazing woman’, youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8) << jeeeze 10 years ago...