Rosanna Staffa

Rosanna Staffa is an Italian born playwright and author. Her plays have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Tokyo. Rosanna’s work has been part of the First Light Festival at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, the Seattle Rep Women Playwrights Festival-Hedgebrook, the Playground Festival at Soho Rep in New York, The New Work Festival at Taper Too in Los Angeles, PlayLabs, The Festival of Ten by Ten at the Theatre Garage, the Bedlam Theatre, and the Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. She has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, The Sloane Foundation and The Playwrights’ Center (Ada), Children’s Theatre Company (Hansel and Gretel, The Biggest Little House in The Forest)) and the Hennepin Center for the Arts (Little Women). Rosanna received recognition as a Bush Grant 2004 Finalist and as a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Kesserling Award for Ada. She is a past recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Jerome Fellowship and an AT&T Grant.

Rosanna’s play, The Innocence of Ghosts, was seen in New York Off-Broadway at Saint Clement’s Theatre and was filmed for inclusion in the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film Library. Her plays are published by Heinemann and Smith & Krause. A graduate of the Spalding University M.F.A. program in fiction, Rosanna’s fiction is published by The Sun and Tampa Review among many others. Her work will appear in New Rivers Press Anthology, The Best New Writers Vol. 16. Selected for the shortlist for The Masters Review Anthology Prize Vol.VII. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019. She most recently completed a novel, The War Ends At Four. While in Silverton, she plans to develop a play regarding a Houdini-based magician and his partner and their arrival to the US during a moment within the Sacco and Vanzetti trial in Massachusetts.