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Rosa Joshi

Board of Governors Member since 2020

Rosa Joshi is a director, producer, and professor whose focus ranges from classical Shakespeare to modern classics and contemporary works. She is committed to reclaiming and reimagining the classics and particularly Shakespeare, for a new generation of artists and audience. Rosa is a co-founder of upstart crow collective, a company that produces classical plays with diverse casts of women and non-binary people.

With upstart crow, she has directed Richard III, Bring Down the House parts 1 & 2Titus Andronicus and King John. Rosa’s other Shakespeare productions have been seen at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and also at the Folger Theater where she directed Henry IV pt.1 featuring Ed Gero in the role of Falstaff.

Rosa was a member of the faculty of Seattle University for twenty-two years where she was a tenured full professor.  She has also taught at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and has directed at Cornish College for the Arts.  In 2023 she joins the faculty at The Old Globe University of San Diego Graduate Acting MFA Program. Rosa holds an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in theatre and psychology from Bucknell University.