The Doll Maker's Gift

EllaRose is the co-bookwriter for the new TYA musical The Doll Maker's Gift which premiered at The Rose Theater in Omaha, NE on February 22, 2019. The show opened to much acclaim and was seen by thousands of Nebraskan 4th - 6th graders. Watch an interview with EllaRose about the show here and read the review here.

Musical Theater Today

EllaRose is a contributing editor to Musical Theater Today 2019: The Anthology of Contemporary Musical Theater. The current volume features a piece she wrote on populism and musical theater as well as a roundtable discussion she facilitated on social justice and musical theater. You can pre-order the book here.

She is also currently hard at work on material for the 2020 edition, to which she is also a contributing editor. 


EllaRose is the co-founder and co-curator (with Brandon James Gwinn) of Tank-aret, a monthly cabaret series at the Tank featuring underrepresented voices in musical theater and cabaret spaces. The series has featured Jen Anaya, Maybe Burke, Sam Kaseta, Winter LaMon, Ellen Winter and many more. EllaRose will showcase a new musical with Melissa Lusk and Rachel Flynn (PATRIARCHY!) in the September 2019 Tank-aret.

Great Plains Theatre Conference

EllaRose's play THE LAKE AND THE MILL was selected for The 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference's PlayLab. She attended the conference in May 2019, where a reading of the play was presented.

It's been an exciting year for  TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix. In 2019 the creative team spent time at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and The O'Neill (NMTC Incubator Residency) to work on a new draft. The show was also developed at UArts in the Polyphone Festival. Listen to demos here. 

Also, writers EllaRose and Brandon James Gwinn were featured in the Dramatists Guild Foundation blog about the importance of queer voices in theater

TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix

Harvard ArtLab Residency

EllaRose spent a week in residence at the Harvard ArtLab in early March 2020 with collaborators Erato A. Kremmyda and Jay Stull. They taught master classes on Horizontal Theatermaking to students and members of the public and also worked on their new musical "The Untitled New Hampshire Project." EllaRose and Jay will return to Harvard in the fall as Guest Artists to teach a Horizontal Theatermaking Production Studio in the college's Theater, Dance and Media department.