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PhD Theatre: University of Reading, Reading, UK, (2015)                              

MFA Directing, City University New York, Brooklyn College, (2006)                                

BA Theatre Studies, Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, (2003)                              



University of Bedfordshire, School of Media Arts & Performance – Bedford, UK     

Senior Lecturer in Theatre and  Course Leader for BA (Hons) Theatre & Professional Practice, 2014—2016

Visiting Lecturer, 2012—2013              


University of Pretoria – South Africa

External Examiner for BA Hons. Writing for Stage, 2013—2015                      

University of Reading, Department of Film, Theatre & Television, – Reading, UK                   

Visiting Lecturer, 2012—2014  

Units: Introduction to Film & Theatre; Critical Practice in Film, Theatre & Television.

Women’s Project & Productions – New York City                   

Education Director, 2008—2011  

Administration of arts education programme, including guest lecturing at City University of New York Baruch College. Developed professional development programme for classroom teachers and teaching artists centred on violence prevention and playwriting.

Vital Theatre Company – New York City                                           

Program Coordinator & Resident Teaching Artist, 2007—2011

Program Coordinator responsible for designing and implementing Theatre Arts Integration curriculum; Training of Classroom Teachers and Teaching Artists; facilitating co-teaching models; production managing school-wide productions and performance events; documentation and data collection.

Lincoln Center Institute – New York City                                    

Teaching Artist, 2007—2011      

Aesthetic education practice centred on art making, questioning, reflection and research.

Brooklyn Arts Council – Brooklyn                                               

Teaching Artist, 2007—2011     

Designed and taught performance-based puppetry residencies at various state-schools, ages 7-17.

Manhattan New Music Project – New York City                            

Teaching Artist, 2010—2011   

EASE: Everyday Arts for Special Education; a five year federally funded program. Responsible for training special education teachers to use arts-centred curriculum with a focus on autistic populations.

City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Department of Theatre –  Brooklyn                                           

Adjunct Lecturer,  2005—2006 

Introduction to Acting. Review panel member for BFA Acting candidates.

City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Department of Theatre –  Brooklyn

Production Coordinator, 2005—2006                                         

Coordinated and monitored Production Crew assignments for undergraduate students, staffing run crews for over ten productions in a season. Served as a liaison between Production Designers, Shop Supervisors and Stage Management.

newFangled theatReR Brooklyn                                                   

Artistic Director, 2004—2014    

Theatre ensemble focused on new works. Fundraising, management, project development and direction.



The Higher Education Academy (HEA) Certification (UK), Teaching Fellow – 2014 (PR074094)

International Federation of Theatre Research, Member of Performance-as-Research Working Group – 2013



Open House Hvar (OHH) Residency Program, Theatre-Maker in Residence Jelsa, Hvar, Croatia, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (USA), Overseas Research Travel Award Beirut, Lebanon, 2009

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, Honorable Mention New York, 2008

FRIGID NY Festival, Audience Choice Award – newFangled theatReR – New York, 2007

City University New York, Brooklyn, Teaching FellowshipBrooklyn, 2005




International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference 2016: Presenting the Theatrical Past Stockholm, Sweden, Performance-as-Research Working Group, Presenter. Harm’s Way Revisited: Reflections At The Crossroads of Theatre-Making and Pedagogical Practices – June 2016

Society of Artistic Research (SAR) International Conference on Artistic Research 2016: Writing as practice, Practice as writing The Hague, Netherlands, Writing Art in Digital Space strand, Presenter. Harm’s Way Revisited: Reflections in Digital Spaces At The Crossroads of Theatre-Making and Pedagogical Practices – April 2016

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference 2015: Theatre & Democracy Hyderabad, India, Performance-as-Research Working Group, Presenter. Routes to the Continuous Present: Mapping the Writing Process of a Site-Specific Interactive Play Towards a Digital Hyper(play)text – July 2015 

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference 2014: Theatre & Stratification Warwick, UK, Performance-as-Research Working Group, Presenter. The ‘Hyper(play)text:’ A Poetics of ‘Moving and Staying’ in the ‘Continuous Present’ – July 2014

International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference 2013: Routes of Performance Barcelona, Spain, Performance-as-Research Working Group, Presenter. Reading and Writing Postdramatic Plays: Digital and

Democratic Practices – July 2013

Journeys Across Media (JAM) Conference 2013: The Body and the Digital University of Reading, UK, Conference Organizer and Presenter. Writing through Digital and Collaborative Practices Panel: The Dramatic ‘Hyper(play)text:’ Collabo-writing in the Digital – April 2013

Journeys Across Media (JAM) Conference 2012: Time Tells: Temporal Excavations in Film, Theatre & Television University of Reading, UK, Conference Organizer – April 2012

Empire State Partnerships Summer Conference: Creativity as Catalyst Arts Education Conference Long Island University, New York, Panel Leader – July 2009

Empire State Partnerships Summer Conference: Habits of the Mind Long Island University, New York, Peer2Peer Project Leader – July 2008 


Play’N AmerikA, a pair of playz by johnmichael rossi CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, August 2016, (ISBN: 1535573546)



The Dragon Awakens: The Tail of the Dragon – Hvar, Croatia – Funded by Open House Hvar (OHH), A site-specific promenade beach performance performed by participating OHH artists, members of the community and visitors. Director / Playwright – August 2016

Seek Courage By R.M. Sánchez-Camus & Isa Suarez Ashford, UK – Funded by People United and Jasmin Vardimon Company, A site-specific promenade piece performed by local performers and members of the community, Wordsmith – August 2015

Rumi High, an intifada by johnmichael rossi – Accessible at – An online interactive play developed through a series of work-in-progress performance presentations, Playwright/Director – Vital Theatre Company, NYC, January 2013 / University of Reading, UK, December 2012 and June 2013.

The S’kool of Edumacation – An on-going interactive solo performance series, Performer – London, July 2016 / University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, November 2014 / University of Warwick, Warwick, July 2014 / The Alleyway, London, May 2012

Noah’s Ark(IVE) Barbican Pit Theatre, R&D Residency as part of ArtsWorks [Shift 2012], Workshop Leader for Lotos Collective – London, October 2012

Jew(ISH) – Pleasance Theatre, Suspense Puppetry Festival, Wordsmith – London, November 2011

Trial of the Mariner – Hoxton Hall, Playwright and Project Participant; a Lotos Collective production – London, May 2011

gentlefucknation – Railroad Playhouse, Playwright & Director; a newFangled theatReR production  – Newburgh, May 2011

Operation Ajax and The Country Behind The Curtain: a plunged up particle from the bowels of America’s wholly unimaginable and un-writable historyPlaywright & Director for a devised performance piece – The Brecht Forum, New York City,  June 2010 /  Prospect Theatre, New York City, February 2007

Triangulated City – Multi-Site Performance, Site-Facilitator and musical composition of live art event; a Lotos Collective Production – Beirut, Lebanon, August 2009

Short Kutz & Forks – The Red Room, Playwright, Co-Director & Producer; a newFangled theatReR production – New York City, June 2009

Ten Selected Minutes So Insignificant Only Bill and Marie Noticed – American Globe Theatre, Director for Shannon Reed’s play produced in Turnip Theatre Company’s 15 Minute Play Festival – New York City, May 2009

IPHIGENIA – Voorhees Hall, Assistant Director and Actor: Agamemnon in a Tiyatro Global collaboration with The Entertainment Technology Department of New York City College of Technology, The Brooklyn College Department of Theatre, and City University of New York Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) programme Brooklyn, March 2008

Harm’s Way – UNDER St. Mark’s, Director of Mac Wellman play; a newFangled theatReR & HorseTRADE co-production – New York City, March 2007 & October 2007

The Invention of Tragedy – New York University, Assistant Director to Ken Rus Schmoll on a new work by Mac Wellman – New York University’s Write-Act programme New York City May 2007 / Classic Stage Company, New York,  June 2007

a TACK of an American Conscience: an attempt to catch up – The Kraine Theatre, Playwright, Director & Producer; a newFangled theatReR production – New York City, November 2006

the AmerikAn trip, tik: a prequel of playsPlaywright, Director & Producer; a newFangled theatReR production Stuart Street 2nd Stage, Boston, April 2004 / The Red Room, New York City, October 2005 / The Kraine Theatre, New York City, August 2006

Beware of Dog – 15th International İstanbül Theatre Festival, Assistant Director/Stage Manager for New York Ensemble Theatre’s English translation of Melih Cevdet Anday’s play Istanbul, Turkey, May 2006

The Burial At Thebes – New Workshop Theatre, Director of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Antigone; a City University of New York, Brooklyn production – Brooklyn, December 2005

NosferatuPuppetry International’s PuppetFest, Stage Manager for Deborah Hertzberg’s puppet adaptation; a Cat’s Paw Collective production – Minnesota,  July 2005

Sincerity Forever – New Workshop Theatre, Director of Mac Wellman’s play; a City University of New York, Brooklyn production – Brooklyn, April 2005

Up On A-Farm: An Orwellian Ode To The Times That Are – The Secret Community Garden, Director/Playwright for multi-media street theatre; a newFangled theatReR & Blank Collective co-production – New York City,  June 2004

Holler Song – Boston Theatre Marathon, Director of Linda Button’s 10-minute play – Boston, April 2002

Bat Boy: The Musical – SpeakEasy Stage Company, Assistant Director to Paul Daigneault for Boston premiere – Boston, October 2002

The Wild Party (LaChiusa) – SpeakEasy Stage Company, Assistant Director to Andrew Volkoff for Boston premiere – Boston, February 2002

Juno and the Paycock – Majestic Theatre, Assistant Director to Melia Bensussen – Boston, November 2001


(PROMETHE)ÜS, (a forethought) by johnmichael rossi – An adaptation of the Prometheus Trilogy by Aeschylus, in development with a new group forming in NYC, Director: Seth Reich. First Draft Workshop: September 2016.

d;vine, a garment by johnmichael rossi [working title] – A deconstruction of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, exploring race in America, to be realized as a live art promenade play.

At the Crossroads of Theatre-Making Practice and Pedagogy: The Micro and Macro of Practice-led Research – Working title for an academic book to be proposed that will function as a practical guide that integrates theory and practice to forge practical pathways for a critical and reflective making practice.

gentlefucknation – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, expected November 2016.