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Rosemary Cann

pākehā writer, musician and actor based in nipaluna, lutruwita

Rosemary holds a BA in Theatre, English Literature and Anthropology, and a Masters in Creative Writing, specialising in Script and Screen. She was shortlisted for Playmarket’s ‘b4 25’ award for her play Wellington Hill Drinking Society (2015), and nominated ‘Best Newcomer’ at the NZ International Comedy Festival for her debut solo show Chapstick (2016). During her time in Pōneke, Rosemary performed as a member of Wellington-based improv troupe Playshop for three years, and with all-female improv troupe Definitely Not Witches for two seasons. Rosemary also founded an accessible review site Art Murmurs, as well as working as Event Coordinator of Human FM radio station. Following graduation, Rosemary toured for eighteen months with the charity Duffy Books in Homes and company New Zealand Playhouse before moving to Australia. Rosemary then trained as an Early Childhood Educator and became a teacher for Helen O’Grady Drama. She also won Best (Adult Open) Poem in the 2019 Jugiong Writers Festival. Rosemary has participated in Carclew’s Writing Place residency, Blue Cow’s Future Proofing the Page program, and ATYP’s National Studio. She has performed in local productions Eurydice, HerStory (2019-2020) and The Campaign (2018). Rosemary is passionate about representative, intelligent art that touches audiences and brings queer and feminine narratives to the forefront.