Deisha Oliver

Deisha Oliver


[Communications Manager]

Deisha Oliver comes to Alternate ROOTS as a veteran Communications Generalist with a penchant for organization, data gathering, and archival preservation. She has spent the last 20 years specifically in the Atlanta Arts community as an artist advocate, a brand storyteller, a designer, and a writer.

Deisha is also a multi-instrumentalist and soundscape artist. She regularly works as a studio musician and an invited performing artist in public art spaces, as well as with dance and theatre companies.

Oliver’s early training was with polish cellist, Kristoph Kielbasovich. For the next few years and while in college, she continued her classical training in cello as well as developed skills in operatic singing. As a form of rebellion and after getting to play Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, she respectfully left the classical ladder, opting for Avant rock, jazz groups, and working with dancers and art galleries. As she unlearned her training, she retrained in the art of listening – enjoying the spontaneity of live performance – failures and all.

Deisha currently composes and performs with her group Flight of Swallows, the Atlanta Improvisor’s Orchestra, and sometimes simply solo under a bridge. Her most recent credits include composition and cellist muse for Theatrical Outfit’s An Iliad and as an ensemble cellist for Actor’s Express’ rock musical, Lizzie


Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.