Gerbil Probe: The Media Empire of Michael Allen Rose

Michael A Rose was born in Minot, North Dakota in 1978. As a child he discovered acting, kicking off a life-long passion for the arts. He received his BA in Theatre & English from Minot State University in 2004. During his time at MSU he acted in over thirty plays, dabbled in directing and design, and wrote extensively. In 2007, Michael completed his MFA in Playwriting at Southern Illinois University after being awarded a Masters Fellowship.

In Spring 2006 his short play Antarctica was part of the Journeys festival at SIU, and was invited to the American College Theatre Festival. His play Loot and Consequences was also performed at the ACTF in 2004, and another, Silence is Golden was a finalist in the 2003 Actors Theatre of Louisville 10 minute play competition. Michael's play Ghost Throats was chosen as an alternate at the 2005 Region 3 ACTF, and performed in Summer 2005 as part of Chicago’s Brown Couch Theatre 10-minute festival: Tempting Fate. Michael was the recipient of the 2005 Christian Moe award for Harold and Janice Face the End of the Universe.

His play Louie’s at 1st and Main is being considered for production in Colorado & Oregon. His MFA thesis play Copernicus Rising was produced in November 2006 in the McLeod Theatre. Michael is also a musician and performer. His works have been seen in Illinois, Oregon, Colorado, North Dakota & New York City. Currently, he is living in Chicago, looking for like-minded artists with which to make theatre magic.

Original Play Productions:

“Powdered Eggs,” “Special Sauce,” “A Taste of Something Different,” and “Waiting for Godot Pt. II” - Oct 7, 8 & 9, 1999. MSU
One-act play “Metaphors for Love” produced at MSU Black Box, Nov. 2000
“The Heart’s Sweet Lesson” + “Loot and Consequences” - May 3-5, 2001 MSU
“Trial and Error” and “Syntax” - Feb 6, 7 & 8, 2003 MSU
“Syntax” - April 4th, 2003. “Midwest Medieval Language Conference”
“Loot and Consequences” - Jan 2004 American College Theatre Festival Reg. 5
“Breaking Free From the Cosmic Womb - Sep 2004 SIU 24 Hour Play Day
“Louie’s at 1st and Main” - Dec 17-19, 2004 Arts on the Prairie - Dickinson, ND
“Louie’s at 1st and Main” - Feb 6-8, 2005 MSU
“Powdered Eggs” - April 6-8, 2005 SIU Christian Moe Lab Theater Carbondale IL
Selection from “Harold and Janice Face the End of the Universe” - May 21, 2005 Chicago Dramatists Theatre - Chicago Illinois
“Harold and Janice Face the End of the Universe” - reading - Jul 24 2005 - SIU as part of ScriptWorks 2005
“Ghost Throats” - July 28-Aug 13, 2005 - Brown Couch Theatre - Chicago IL
“No Pity” - September 17, 2005 - SIU 24 Hour Play Day
“Roman and Julie: A Mamet-Aping Take on the Bard - Jan 14, 2006 – American College Theatre Festival Region III 1-Act reading competition
“Antarctica” - April 1-4, 2006 SIU Christian Moe Lab Theater Carbondale IL
as part of Journeys Festival of New Plays 2006
“Likely Targets in a Vacuum” – May 20, 2006 – Chicago Dramatists, Chicago IL
“Skinless; Boneless” – July 9 & 10, 2006 – Lunatic Moon Theatre Co. – Christian Moe Theatre, Carbondale IL
“Precipitation and Heartache” – Sept 16, 2006 – Christian Moe Theatre, Carbondale IL
“Copernicus Rising” – Nov 8-12, 2006 – McLeod Theatre, Carbondale IL
“Antarctica” – Jan 10 + 13, 2007 – American College Theatre Festival, Milwaukee WI
“Meditation in Consonants” – February 6-11, 2007 – Christian Moe Theatre, Carbondale IL as part of Journeys Festival of New Plays 2007
"Likely Targets in a Vacuum," "No Pity," and "Canary in a Mineshaft" – March 5, 2010 - RoShamBo Theatre Company "Attack Ships on Fire" Chicago, IL
"Entrances and Exits" - 2011 - RoShamBo Theatre Company - Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival - Chicago IL
"A Brief History of Nudity in Chicago Theatre" - March 2, 2011 - RoShamBo Theatre - WBEZ Alternative History of Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL

Awards and Honoraria:

Silence is Golden - FINALIST in 2003 National Louisville Play Contest
Powdered Eggs - FINALIST in 2003 VITALITY (Speaking Ring Theatre)
Loot and Consequences - FINALIST in 2003-04 ACTF 10-min play contest
Ghost Throats - ALTERNATE in 2004-05 ACTF 10-min play contest
The Cell - WINNER Christian H. Moe Short Play Contest 2004-2005
Harold and Janice Face the End of the Universe – WINNER Christian H. Moe Long Play Contest 2005-2006
Skinless; Boneless- FINALIST in ACTF Region III 1-Act competition 2006
Antarctica – INVITED to ACTF Region III festival as participating production 2006
Antarctica – INVITED to MATC Playwriting Symposium 2007
Copernicus Rising – Honorable Mention Christian Moe Long Play Contest 2007


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