Deanna Rodger is an actor, spoken word poet and facilitator. She is the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8) and completed vocational acting training in The National Youth Theatre (NYT) REP Company 2012.
She has written been commissioned as a poet and and performed actor in 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremonies (NYT commission), Buckingham Palace (NYT commission), Speakers House (NYT commission), 10 Downing street (somewhere to_ commission) as well as delivering three TedX performances (Brighton, Southwark and EastEnd).
She has worked as a poet and facilitator internationally: Talking Doorsteps South Africa and Bulgaria (Roundhouse and British Council), Slam poetry tour Germany, Elevate festival Austria, U12’s poet coach Ypres (Premier league and Poetry Society), is co founder of two popular spoken word events Chill Pill (Soho Theatre, Albany Deptford) and Come Rhyme With Me (Spread the Word, New Writing South) and is in poetry collectives: Point Blank Poets (Biennale UK Artist International award 2011) and Keats House Poetry Forum, as well as leading on workshops in and around the UK including The Agency BAC and Slambassadors UK.
In 2015, she will be developing her one woman show ‘Dark Star’ for full production at Roundhouse Camden and Albany Deptford (Autumn 2015) which has been supported by POP Productions (IdeasTap, Sky Arts), Roundhouse Camden, The Albany and the Arts Council England. She will also begin teaching a Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University (part time).
“Deanna is one of the few performers I could listen to over and over again. Her honesty, passion and humility come through with every single word she speaks and it is an honour to hear her thoughts on stage”
“Rodger is an energetic and hugely entertaining performer, and one with interesting things to say”
A Younger Theatre