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Marakay Rogers

Marakay Rogers

 America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, she forgot to factor in the student loan repayments! She has never recovered from being chewed out by Terrence Mann in public for hanging up her bow. 


A graduate of Wilson College (PA), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. and is a member of GALECA. 


She's also taught college-level communications, writing, theatre criticism and English literature classes, has received multiple writing awards  for several small-press novels, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America".  She has done additional post-collegiate English and drama studies coursework with Open University (UK) in drama and literature.


Her junior high English teacher was Broadway star Katrina Yaukey's mother, Kay Yaukey.  (Her high school math teacher was Ordean Yaukey, Katrina Yaukey's father, but between Marakay's mother, an editor, and Katrina's mother, English won out.) Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.



 


 


 

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