Juanita Rockwell is a writer and director specializing in the development of new work and new forms at such venues as The Ontological, Mabou Mines/Suite, Culture Project, Blue Heron, Bushwick Starr (NYC); Theatre of the First Amendment, Source, Capital Fringe, DCAC, Everyman, Theatre Project, Iron Crow, Single Carrot (DC/Balto); Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford); City Theatre (P’burgh); Gas & Electric Arts (Phila); Teatro Municipal (São Paolo, BR); Teatro Abya Yala (San José, CR); RS9 (Budapest); and on National Public Radio.
Produced writing includes Between Trains, What’s a Little Death (plays w/songs); The World is Round, Waterwalk (operas); Cave in the Sky (puppets/multimedia); The Circle (audioplay); Lunar Pantoum (dance-theatre); Across the Void, Packing/Pecking, Language Monkey, Quantum Soup, A Table in Hell (short plays); Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations (multi-playwright adaptation) and Playing Dead (translation w/Yury Urnov from Bros. Presnyakov). Upcoming projects include writing the libretto and directing an opera for soprano and electric cello with composer Douglas Knehans (2013).
As Artistic Director of Hartford’s Company One Theater for six years, Juanita directed early premieres for stage and radio by Paula Vogel, Suzan-Lori Parks, Rachel Sheinkin, Erik Ehn and Donna diNovelli, as well as her own work.
Juanita has presented at conferences for ATHE, TCG, AWP, Dramatists Guild, and taught or directed at universities including Georgetown, Connecticut College, Gallaudet, Trinity College, U. of Hartford, U. of MD College Park, U. of MD Baltimore County, and George Mason.
Juanita was Founding Director of Towson University’s MFA in Theatre Program, directing it for over a dozen years. She continues to teach playwriting and new works development at Towson. She also teaches playwriting and consulted on the development of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing MA/MFA.
She is a Fulbright Scholar, was invited to serve a second term as Fulbright Ambassador, and her artist residencies include Ko Festival of Performance, O’Neill Center’s National Theatre Institute, and the Visual Playwriting Conference (Gallaudet University). Awards include NEA Access to Artistic Excellence (with Gas & Electric Arts) as well as grants and awards from various states, cities and private foundations including a MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting.
Juanita is a proud member of both the Society of Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatists Guild.