Rosa is a Native New Yorker, and unfortunately, a Mets fan. She was bitten by the theater bug early, and she has participated as an actor, director, playwright, and dramaturge. She attended Reed College where she majored in English and made Dean’s list every semester. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre from Columbia University where she was a Dean’s Fellow from 2012-2019. Her dissertation, “Race and Performative Historiography in the American Theatre, 1991-2014” traced the recent trend of American theatre which brings together the performance of American history, American Theatrical history, and Race. She has published in several academic journals, and guest lectured at several small liberal arts colleges across the North East.
Rosa has taught writing for nearly a decade, at both Columbia and the City University of New York. She has worked with a variety of students and a variety of levels, from remedial and developmental education and ESL to advanced writing classes. She believes in the deliberate nature of writing education: paying attention to each step in the writing process, and that writing is a learned skill that can be practiced and developed. Rosa has assisted students with personal statements for college programs and graduate admissions. Her favorite thing, aside from arguing about Hamilton, is helping students with their writing, and finding their voice.
Rosa has a large collection of animal print shirts and enjoys finding new ones to add. She also enjoys going to the theatre and is slowly making her way through every Star Trek ever filmed.