Juanita Rockwell

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 in a dozen cities worldwide. Produced writing includes The Circle (commissioned site-specific audiowalk, banished? productions, DC) Between Trains (play with songs, Gas & Electric Arts, Phila) Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations (Tablet 1 of 11, multi-playwright adaptation, The Bushwick Starr, NYC) Playing Dead (commissioned translation from Brothers Presnyakov w/Yury Urnov, Single Carrot, Baltimore) The World Is Round (libretto and direction of James Sellars opera, adapted from Gertrude Stein, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford) and Waterwalk: Surface And Depth (libretto for gamelan opera by Robert Macht, commissioned to inaugurate a stone labyrinth for healing at 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 experimental playwrights 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: Fulbright Scholar; 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. Recent residencies include The Studios of Key West & Wildacres Retreat Center (2013). She is a professional member of Dramatists Guild and Society of Directors and Choreographers. Rockwell received her BS in Theatre and Semiotics, Colorado College and her MFA in Directing, University of Connecticut.

Baltimore, United States