Author, Educator, International Performance Poet and Playwright
Alyea Pierce, Ed.M is an award-winning author, educator, and international speaker and performance poet. As a black woman writer, her mission is to focus on what stories are not being told, and as a first-generation Caribbean-American and Higher Education Practitioner, she strives to always be conscious of what experiences make us who we are. Always aiming to listen to the voices of the unheard, Alyea centers her creative projects around the exploration of Latino & Caribbean histories, the celebration of all things woman, and the untold narratives of marginalized persons to examine identity development of youths through creative writing.
Pierce’s artistry has been featured on the grand stages of the Apollo Theatre and Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, as well as universities across the states. She has recited her original works at countless TEDx events, such as TEDxOxford in the United Kingdom, TEDxHuntsville in Alabama, TEDx HobokenWomen in New Jersey, and more. Alyea has also had the privilege of performing at The University of Cape Town in South Africa, and opening for Grammy Award winning Artist, Fred Hammond at A Night of Gospel Praise at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in New Jersey. Her work has been featured in literary publications, both online and in print, including, YouTube, The Guardian, The New York Daily News, The Caribbean Writer, Autism Speaks, Rutgers Today, and Wake Forest University’s Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics, amongst others.
Pierce was also the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence for the Award-Winning North Bergen, New Jersey Theater Company, Strength Out of Shadows (SOS), in which she wrote and performed in her spirited play, Financial Slavery: The College Debt Sentence. Financial Slavery: The College Debt Sentence had its World Premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival in August of 2016. Alyea has been recognized with several awards for her work, coached students who have went on to receive national and regional awards, and has delivered more than 100 arts-based and educational conference sessions, workshops or keynotes.
A two-time alumna of Rutgers University, Alyea received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications and English, and her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration. She is a driven and dynamic higher education professional with expertise in leadership education, arts education, and innovative conference event-planning. She has a strong passion for connecting the arts, leadership development, and national/international and social justice work. Through all of her experiences, she values intentionality, ingenuity, and collaborations to meet the needs of a community. Alyea has committed herself to coaching youths in various youth development organizations on how to transform their creative ideas into professional voices to help discover who they are as the future leaders of tomorrow.