Playwright/director Stacey Rose is one of 31 artists in various disciplines who won Arts & Science Council 2012 Regional Artist Project Grants. Rose, a New Jersey native and UNC Charlotte graduate, in June directed the comedic play "Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine." Carlton Hargro, Qcitymetro.com
Q. Congratulations on your recent grant. This is my second. The first was for a workshop series I did called Sisters of Shakespeare two years ago, so I feel really honored. It's good to know that the council, having now become familiar with my work as a theater artist, sees something positive in what I do and is willing to invest in its nurturing. Oh, and shouts to all the artists awarded as well!
Q. How do you plan to use the grant? My grant was awarded for the purchase of a new computer - and a new computer I shall have! It's funny that my last computer was purchased in a similar "miraclesque" situation as well. It's affirmation that, "Yes! This is what I'm supposed to be doing."
Q. What project will you be working on next? This computer was sorely needed for the development of my new play "The Social NetWorth." It's about the perils and pitfalls of our online existences. What they mean, what we hope they mean, and what they will mean in the future. I would like this play to unfold on and offline - as well as build in the capability for live audience members to interact with the characters while onstage. Not exactly an original idea, but one that I've been dying to explore. I'm also co-directing "Yellowman" by Dael Orlandersmith with Eric Paulk at Johnson C. Smith University Feb. 8-19, and working in health care, and raising a kid ... and ...
Q. What is Charlotte's art scene - particularly the local theater scene - lacking? U-N-I-T-Y! I would love to see a yearly bonding event like a Fringe (a theater event in cities across the nation), which I'm willing to head up, folks, take place. I'd also like to see theaters collaborating more in general. I believe amazing work could happen for theater in this city if we pull together.
Q. What's your dream project? My dream project is always in flux. Right now, it's grad school. I'd like to take the time to build more discipline (which is quite difficult when you wear four to five hats a day), further hone my writing skills and experiment with new styles of writing for the stage. Beyond that, I would really like to branch out into writing for film and television.