Juanita RockwellWriter, Maker and Educator working in Opera, Theatre and Performanceat Freelance
Rockwell is a writer/director specializing in the development of new work, with over 100 different projects in theatre, opera, radio, film, multimedia, puppetry, dance, song and site-specific performance produced on five continents. Produced writing includes Backwards from Winter (operatic monodrama, composer Douglas Knehans, Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space NYC and Dark MOFO in Hobart, AU) The Circle (site-specific audio walk, DC) Between Trains (play with songs, Philadelphia, DC and Baltimore) Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations (Tablet 1 of 11, multi-playwright adaptation, Bushwick Starr, NYC) Playing Dead (from Brothers Presnyakov w/Yury Urnov, Baltimore) The World Is Round (opera, composer James Sellars, from Gertrude Stein, Hartford, CT) and Waterwalk: Surface And Depth (gamelan opera, composer Robert Macht, Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Baltimore). As Artistic Director of Company One Theater (Hartford) for six years, she directed dozens of premieres of early works by leading playwrights experimenting with language and structure, including Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel and Erik Ehn; and was Founding Director of Towson University’s Theatre MFA for the self-generative artist for twelve years. Awards include: Marion Int'l Fellowship for Performing/Visual Arts; Fulbright Scholar; Ruby Artist Project Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Access to Excellence Grant with Gas & Electric Arts (Phila); and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting. Artist residencies include UCross, Djerassi, Playa, The Studios of Key West, Virginia Center for & Wildacres Retreat Center (2013). Member: Dramatists Guild and Society of Directors and Choreographers. Rockwell earned her BS in Theatre and Semiotics from Colorado College and her MFA in Directing from University of Connecticut, Storrs.