Rosa is the founder and director of Make A Scene, which has been delivering her unique brand of theatre, performance technique, and training to schools, educators and theatre professionals since 2004. She conducts Commedia dell’Arte workshops in schools and for theatre educators through Drama Victoria, La Mama Learning, Deakin University, The Fairfax Youth Initiative and Melbourne Theatre Company Education. As a valued and respected member of the profession, Rosa has been elected onto the Drama Victoria Committee and is also on the board of Lab Kelpie, an Australian new writing theatre company.
Rosa’s physical theatre training includes Jacques Lecoq technique with Norman Taylor, Bouffon with Giovanni Fusetti, Commedia dell’Arte with Venezia InScena (Venice, Italy) and commedia master Antonio Fava. As well as gaining her teaching degree from Deakin University, Rosa trained in Uta Hagen technique (HB Studio, New York) and with Patsy Rodenburg (Michael Howard Studios, New York). Rosa has created and directed original Commedia dell’Arte shows for Make A Scene, including Fooling in Love and Venice in Love, which tour schools nationally and continue to receive glowing testimonials.
Rosa was production assistant on the original Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q (The Vineyard Theatre, New York). Her performance credits include Le Beatrici by Stefano Benni (directed by Laurence Strangio) and a collaboration with Margherita Peluso on a grotesque bouffon satire, The Devil Wears Pashmina and You? (Elf Teatro, Milan, Italy). She has also directed Molière’s La Comtesse Bis for Melbourne French Theatre. Rosa has also created and published Collodi’s classic, Pinocchio (Currency Press, La Mama, VCE Playlist 2019).
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