Rosemary McLaughlin

Rosemary McLaughlin is a 2015 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellow. She has previously won fellowships both in playwriting and poetry.  Her plays have been produced in New York, New Jersey and around the country. Recent ones include A More Opportune Time, a free adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, set during the 2008 presidential election and Paterson Falls, which was commissioned by Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Paterson Falls is part one of The American Moment trilogy, about silk strikes, saloons, the discovery of Eugene O’Neill and the American Theatre finding its voice.

Along with these recent epic plays, Rosemary has experimented with shorter forms. In Sensitive, which premiered at Cincinnati’s SHEtheatre, a woman discovers her home intruder is a police officer. In Can-Can, performed at Cathedral Arts Live, a woman on the brink of an auspicious birthday commandeers a live production, holding dancers and musicians at bay.

Other plays include Totally Not Liam (Speranza Theatre); Standing in the Shadows (Wings Theatre); Voices Carry (Drew University); Motherless Child (Chicago Cooperative Stage);  Horsefeathers; The Raw and the Cooked (Hallie Flanagan Play Series).

Rosemary is a professor of Theatre and Dance at Drew University where she directs the Playwriting program. A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Rosemary received her MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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