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Juanita Rockwell –
Playwright, Librettist, Lyricist, Director. As both writer and director, Juanita has specialized in the development of new work in new forms, including projects at The Ontological, Mabou Mines/Suite, Culture Project, The Flea, The Bushwick Starr, The Drilling Company (NYC) Theatre of the First Amendment, Source, Atlas, DCAC, Clarice Smith Center, Active Cultures (DC) Iron Crow, Theatre Project, Everyman, UMBC (Balto) City Theatre (P’burgh) Teatro Municipal (São Paolo, BR) Teatro Abya Yala (San José, CR) RS9 (Budapest, HU) and on NPR. Her produced writing includes BETWEEN TRAINS (play w/songs) THE WORLD IS ROUND (opera libretto pub. by Company One) CAVE IN THE SKY (puppets/multimedia) LUNAR PANTOUM (dance-theatre) IMMORTAL: THE GILGAMESH VARIATIONS (multi-playwright adaptation) PACKING/PECKING (short play pub. by Thinking Beard) PLAYING DEAD (trans. of Bros. Presnyakov, pub. by CITD) and THE CIRCLE (radioplay, audio at banishedproductions.org), among others. For six years, Juanita was Artistic Director of Hartford’s Company One Theater, directing over four dozen professional premieres of work by America’s leading experimental playwrights. She was Founding Director of Towson University’s Experimental Theatre MFA for 12 years, where she continues to teach. She has received awards and funding from a variety of states, cities and foundations, including Fulbright and the NEA, and is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatists Guild.
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