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Stacey Rose's platform to grow local playwriting
ASC fellow focuses on Charlotte-bred talent
Published Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:22 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Award-winning playwright Stacey Rose will use her Arts & Science Council Creative Renewal Fellowship to expand opportunities to write and produce original work in Charlotte.

Stacey Rose wants to build Charlotte into a hub for new theatrical work in the South.

The award-winning playwright is one of seven Arts & Science Council Creative Renewal Fellowship recipients. Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have dedicated a decade or more as a career creative, generating most of their income over the last three years from their work in the industry. The playwright intends to use her fellowship to expand opportunities for playwrights to write and produce original work in Charlotte. She will call it The Queen City New Play Initiative.

“This is a program that I am hoping touches every theater program, large and small, of every institution within this city and the area,” Rose said. “It’s something I hope will expand its reach wide and far, grow legs, and be a legacy that I leave in this city that I love so very much. I just want people to really see [Charlotte playwrights]. I’m not an anomaly. People like Korde Tuttle, who is also an amazing Charlotte playwright, just had a huge world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. We’re not anomalies. We’re from Charlotte. We’re Charlotte grown.”

Rose intends to begin The Queen City New Play Initiative in collaboration with stage director and producer Martin Damien Wilkins in the latter part of June with her work “As Is: Conversations With Big Black Women in Confined Spaces.”

“The project that I proposed for the Creative Renewal Fellowship is something that will live beyond the fellowship, and hopefully for many years, and change Charlotte’s investment into new theatrical work,” Rose said.

Her fellowship’s focal point rests on encouraging the creation of new work, rather than creating a theater company to strictly produce plays. She wants to give local playwrights and theater artists a space to call home, as well as explore their respective crafts.

“We want to be an avenue for them exploring new ideas, but also connecting them to the communities that they live in, and say, ‘these are artists living and creating in your neighborhood—get into them,’” Rose said.

Rose left Charlotte in 2013 to earn a master’s in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, after earning a bachelor’s in theatre from UNC Charlotte. She has since earned multiple fellowships, including a 2019-20 McKnight Fellow, a 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow, 2018-19 Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit writer, a 2017-18 Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow, a 2015-16 Dramatist Guild Fellow, and is a member of The Civilians R&D Group. She won the Burman New Play Prize in June 2019 for “AMERICA v. 2.1.” Most recently, in addition to the ASC Fellowship, she became one of six playwrights to receive an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commission through Manhattan Theatre Club. Each playwright is commissioned to write about science.

“For me it’s about giving back so much of what theater has given to me at a time when theater is at a very rock, uncertain place,” Rose said. “This is a good place. This is a place where we can begin discussing equity. I do think it means something that me and Martin are black people starting a play development program for everyone. That means something at a time where the theater establishment is being challenged.

“It’s time we pick up the mantle and charge it forward with a new vision, and a refreshed and revitalized vision that is more equitable. I cannot wait to see the innovation that comes out of this. It’s going to be an incredible time for theater, as long as we can let go and not morn too long over the way it was, because there were beautiful times, but there’s a lot of inequity that still exists within American theater, and people like me and Martin around the country saying, ‘we can do this too, and we care about everybody’s stories. Truly.’”

In addition to returning to Charlotte, she took an assignment at Duke Regional Hospital through July in her capacity as a respiratory therapist.

“A lot of really great things are coinciding with a weird time,” Rose said.  

For more information about Rose: https://staceytherose.com


I am eternally amazed at Stacey's talents, passion and humanity. Great work continues!
Posted on May 25, 2020

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