Whitney is a Minneapolis-based playwright, screenwriter, game designer, arts admin, and all-around friendly gal. Her time-bending, "melancholic comedy" WAYFINDING was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, shortlisted for the 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award, a finalist for the 2018 UMass New Play Lab, and a finalist for the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. WAYFINDING was selected for the 2019 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia, where Whitney was named a Haas Fellow. The play had its world premiere at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta in March 2020 (which, sadly, closed early due to the Covid-19 pandemic—but you can read a lovely review for the production here). Whitney has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting, as well as a two-time finalist for the Core Writer Program at the Playwrights' Center. On the screen side of things, Whitney's kids’ sports feature THE BUZZBOTS was a winner in the CMU/Sloan Screenwriting Contest, earning her a $7,500 grant.
Whitney's work has been developed at PlayPenn, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and has been produced at Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Minnesota Shorts Festival, Rochester Rep, Northfield Arts Guild, Northwest Children’s Theater & School, and others. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon (Plaid to the bone!) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (Rock chalk!). Learn more about her work at www.rowlandwriter.com.