Whitney is a Minneapolis-based playwright, screenwriter, game designer, and arts admin. Her time-bending, "melancomic" play 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. Most recently, WAYFINDING was selected for the 2019 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia, where Whitney was named a Haas Fellow. The play will its have its world premiere at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta in the spring of 2020. On the screen side of things, Whitney's kids’ sports screenplay THE BUZZBOTS was a winner in the CMU/Sloan Screenwriting Contest, earning her a $7,500 grant. Her work has been produced at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Minnesota Shorts Festival, the Rochester Rep, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northwest Children’s Theater & School, and others. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Whitney holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. Learn more about her work at www.rowlandwriter.com.
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