Rosanna Staffa is an Italian writer currently living in Minneapolis. A graduate of the Spalding University MFA program in fiction, she has published short stories and flash fiction in a variety of literary journals including The Baltimore Review and The Lascaux Review Prize 2014.
The plays of Rosanna Staffa have been seen on stage in Tokyo, Rostov on Don, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Minneapolis. Her play THE INTERVIEW opened the International Arts Festival in 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; NOTTE BIANCA was in the Playground Festival at Soho Rep in New York; SAHARA in The New Work Festival at Taper Too in Los Angeles. HANSEL and GRETEL and THE INTERVIEW were part of PlayLabs, INSOMNIA in the Festival of Ten by Ten at the Theatre Garage, LUCKY and FOOTNOTE in Thirst Theatre and the Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. SEASHELL won the Bedlam Theatre prize 2010. She has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, The Sloane Foundation (ADA), Children’s Theatre Company (HANSEL AND GRETEL and THE BIGGEST LITTLE HOUSE IN THE FOREST) and the Hennepin Center for the Arts (LITTLE WOMEN). Rosanna received recognition as a Bush Grant Finalist, a Terrence McNally Finalist and as a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Kesserling Award. She is a past recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Jerome Fellowship and an AT&T Grant. Her play THE INNOCENCE OF GHOSTS was seen in New York Off-Broadway at Saint Clement’s Theatre and is filmed for inclusion in the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film Library. Her play THE MAGICIAN’S WIFE was part of the Ruth Easton Festival at The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis.
Her plays are published by Heinemann, Smith & Krause and Plays for Early Learning Anthology published by the University of Minnesota Press.
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