2018 Playwright-in-Residence



Theatrefront welcomes Toronto-based playwright and actor Rose Napoli as our new Playwright-in-Residence.

Rose is a Dora nominated actor and playwright and she was named by NOW Magazine as one of the top ten theatre artists of 2017 and has been called a ‘rising star’ and ‘an artist to watch’ by the Toronto Starand Globe and Mail.  Most recently, her play, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), premiered as part of The Consent Event at Crows Theatre produced by Nightwood. Her play, Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, enjoyed a sold-out run at the Toronto Fringe Festival this past summer.  



During her residency with Theatrefront, Napoli will focus on developing a new work entitled Legacy:

Louis is the Head of Security at the Art Gallery. It’s Raf’s first day. Before Louis can open the training manual, a strange thing happens on the fourth floor in Room 252. Two children faint in exactly the same spot three minutes apart from one another. Louis has seen stranger things. Except it happens again the following day at exactly the same time...

Twenty-six years and thirteen days earlier, Mary and Sandro sit down to dinner. Sandro has brought Mary flowers. Mary has done a flawless job painting over the bruise on her cheek. It’s just an ordinary weekday, except for the fact that Mary is about to disappear.

We are inspired by Rose's strong, original voice and we can't wait to share her work with you in the future. This position is integral to our company’s focus on long-term development. 


Theatrefront gratefully acknowledges that we all live, work and create on sacred land, which has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years.
This land is the territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

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