Rosa Joshi, MFA

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MFA, Directing

Professor, Theatre

Phone: 206-296-5367

Building/Room: Fine Arts 211

Rosa Joshi CV (PDF)

Teaching and Research Interests

Classes: Directing, Theatre History, Telling Stories on Stage


Rosa has been teaching at Seattle University since 2000 and directs one production annually for the Seattle University Theatre Program.

Her directing work focuses on both classical and contemporary texts by playwrights ranging from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill. As a founding member of upstart crow collective, a theatre company committed to producing classical plays with diverse all-female and non-binary casts, Rosa is committed to reimagining classical texts for the 21st Century. She is also passionate about involving students and alumni in her professional work as interns, assistants and collaborators.

Rosa’s directing credits include: Bring Down the House (upstart crow collective at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Shakespeare Company); As You Like It, Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV Part I (Folger Theatre); Richard III—Gregory Award, Richard II; (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Titus Andronicus, King John (upstart crow); John Baxter is a Switch Hitter (Intiman Theatre Festival); Life of Galileo (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Shelter (Not So Loud Theatre, Hong Kong); Fen, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night (New City Theater).

Rosa was Interim Artistic director at Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT) where she led the International Artists Program, a Ford Foundation funded program that supported multi-disciplinary collaborations between Asian American and Asian artists. Rosa was a resident director at New City Theatre under the sponsorship of a Princess Grace award. She has also taught at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts and has directed at Cornish College for the Arts. Education: MFA Directing, Yale School of Drama; B.A. Theatre and Psychology, Bucknell University.