Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces Boris “Bluz” Rogers As Company’s New Director of Creative Engagement

(September 9, 2020) Charlotte, NC –Emmy Award-winning poet and author Boris “Bluz” Rogers has joined Blumenthal Performing Arts as Director of Creative Engagement, a new position in Blumenthal’s Programming Department designed to help create, develop and launch new programs that will enlarge and expand Blumenthal’s impact on the community. 

“In spite of the difficult times we are in due to COVID-19’s extraordinary impact on our industry, it’s essential that we keep moving forward with critical initiatives that will help us grow the range of ways that we serve, and people that we serve,” said Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard. “Bluz will be a key leader on our team in these efforts.  He has been an important voice in Charlotte’s cultural community for many years, serving in leadership roles through SlamCharlotte, Breakin’ Convention and the newly formed “We Are Hip Hop.” He is a respected artist, teacher and mentor and we are thrilled to have him join our staff.”

“I am proud and excited to join such a dynamic group in this new role. I’m even more excited about having the opportunity to develop vibrant cultural and creative events that will not only impact our audiences, but also continue to demonstrate how the city of Charlotte is a leader in the arts,” said Rogers.

Rogers has been unwavering in his quest to stretch the boundaries of poetry. During the past seven years of performing, Bluz has won Emmy Awards, the 2010 Southern Fried Poetry Slam and is SlamMaster and Coach of the three-time national award-winning competitive slam team, SlamCharlotte.

Rogers has made appearances and done voice-over work on major radio and television networks including CBS Radio, Radio Disney, ESPN, Speed TV, BET. He has shared the stage with many distinguished poets and international recording artists ranging from Taylor Mali, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Gil Scott Heron to Outkast, John Legend, and Pink Floyd.



Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. For more information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the Arts & Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights.