Rosa Joshi is a director, producer and educator who has been living and working in Seattle since 1994.
Rosa’s directing work spans from Shakespeare to modern classics and contemporary plays. Throughout her career she has created work independently through self-producing, and in 2006 she co-founded upstart crow collective a company that produces classical plays with diverse casts of women and non-binary people. Having directed four major productions for upstart crow (Richard III, Bring Down the House, Titus Andronicus and King John) she is committed to continuing to create ambitious productions of classical work featuring all female/nonbinary casts.
As Interim Artistic Director of Northwest Asian American Theatre, Rosa produced a range of Asian American performance including: A-Fest, an international performance festival; Traces, a world premiere multi-disciplinary, multi-media, international collaborative work; and the work of Chay Yew, Susie Kozawa, and Eugenie Chan, among others. She was also a Resident Director and Artistic Director of the Second Company at New City Theater where she directed and produced various classical and contemporary plays.
Rosa is currently on the faculty of Seattle University where she teaches directing and theatre history. She has also taught at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and has directed at Cornish College for the Arts. She holds an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in theatre and psychology from Bucknell University.
Shakespeare: all female/non-binary productions of Bring Down The House Pts. 1 & 2, an adaptation of the Henry VI plays (upstart crow & Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV.1 (The Folger Theatre); As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); all-female/nonbinary Richard III (upstart crow and Seattle Shakespeare Company); Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); all-female/non-binary productions of Bring Down The House (upstart crow & Seattle Shakespeare Company), Titus Andronicus and King John (upstart crow); Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Twelfth Night (Centerstage); Much Ado About Nothing (New City Theatre); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest (Seattle University).
Other: John Baxter is a Switch Hitter by Ana Brown and Andrew Russell (Intiman Theater Festival); Beckett Times Three: Not I, Krapp's Last Tape, Footfalls (Seattle Beckett Festival); Brecht’s Life of Galileo (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Fen by Caryl Churchill (New City Theater); Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill (Cornish College of the Arts); The Big Ambition by Ki Gottberg (Seattle University).
Readings/NewPlay Development: Mary's Girl by Wendy MacLeod (Icicle Creek Theatre Festival); Roz and Ray by Karen Hartmen (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Project Dawn by Karen Hartmen (Seattle Repertory Theatre); SuperTrue by Karen Hartmen (A Contemporary Theatre); Art of Bad Men by Vince Delaney (Centerstage); Shelter by Neil Harris and Flickie Lapish (Not So Loud Theatre, Hong Kong); Malaya by Chay Yew (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Hairy Baby by Ki Gottberg (A Contemporary Theatre).
Interview Shakespeare with KUOW
photo: Nikki Womac
photo: Nikki Womac