Episode 63

Arianna Rose

Arianna Rose is a professional Playwright, Musical Theatre Writer, Dramaturg, Visual Artist and Educator. She is the recipient of the MAC Song of the Year Award,  the York Theatre NEO Award,  and various best play/playwright awards from Theatre Odyssey, Tree City Playhouse, Mixing It Up Productions, the Know Theatre, Studio 1 Theatre, South Baldwin Theatre, Veterans Repertory Theatre and Clocktower Theatre Company.  Her plays and musicals have been presented to date in twenty-seven states and seven countries.  She was selected 4 years in a row for Theatre Lab at FAU’s New Works Festival readings, 3 years in a row for Theatre Three’s One-Act Play Festival, and selected twice for Theatre Odyssey’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, winning best play there for FAMILY BY NUMBERS. Arianna was a 2020 finalist for the Edward Kleban Lyric Writing Award. She was one of the three finalists for the 2020 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in the UK, which included a production of her one-act version of Touch The Moon at The Windsor Fringe Festival. 

 Arianna was one of four playwrights selected for the 2019-2021 Miami-Dade County Council of Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program, moderated by Kia Corthron.   Two of her full-length plays developed in the program have gone on to have readings and workshops across the country and awarded finalist status in many playwriting competitions. She was a 2022 participant in the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive and the William Inge Theatre Festival Playlab.

 Edge Media Network  lauded Ms. Rose’s  play FAMILY BY NUMBERS, calling it “One of the best plays” with a “powerfully haunting conclusion”. The world premiere was at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY in April 2019 with more than 20 productions across the country. It’s been selected twice for Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Program.  It is published in the 2021 Smith & Kraus Anthology of Best 10-Minute Plays and Theatre Odyssey Best Plays Anthology, joining her other winning play SEX, LIES & STYROFOAM.  Arianna also has monologues published in Applause Books “Best New Monologue Anthologies “ 2019 and 2020.

 Full-length plays: TOUCH THE MOON. Selected by HRC Showcase Theater New Works Festival and Fantasy Theatre Factory’s New Year, New Works Series for staged readings in 2021-2022.  Semi-finalist, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival 2020; Honorable Mention, Panndora’s Box 2020 New Play Festival. A one-act version was produced at the 2020 Windsor Fringe Festival UK, The Know Theatre 2019, and selected for the William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab 2020.

 THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION has been developed at the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council PLAYWRIGHT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.   It was one of five plays selected nationwide for the 2021 Finstrom Festival of New Plays at Zoetic Stage in Miami Florida. Readings followed at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre in Miami. The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis held a workshop and reading of the piece in June 2022, followed by a zoom reading by VS Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

 Full-length musicals:  THE LOST GIRL musical, written with  Jonathan Larson and Fred Ebb award winner Ben Bonnema, was selected for the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Viterbo New Works Festival, NYU Steinhardt’s School of Music, the year-long CDP workshop, the 2021 Florida Festival of New Musicals, and JetFest 2022 in Michigan .  It is regularly featured on Musical Theatre Radio.   A musical version of  her play THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION  entitled A COLLECTIBLE SENSATION is in development with director Clayton Phillips and composer Amy Engelhardt.  A CHANGE OF HEART is currently in development with composer Tom Sivak.

Arianna is an Adjunct Theatre Professor at Broward College and was awarded Adjunct Professor of the Year for 2022-2023.  M.F.A., NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; B.A. in Theatre from Bucknell University; BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.  A proud member of ASCAP, Literary Managers & Dramaturges of the Americas, Musicians Local 802, SEIU, New Play Exchange, The South Florida Theatre League, and the Dramatists Guild of America, where she has served as Regional Ambassador since 2020.  She is the founder and moderator of the Plays on Purpose/Miami New Musicals weekly writers group.

A native New Yorker, Arianna moved to South Florida in 2016 and has been making a name for herself in the vibrant South Florida Theatre community.

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