Kathryn de la Rosa

Kathryn de la Rosa

Kathryn de la Rosa (they/she/siya) is a Filipinx dramaturg, playwright, and former college newspaper astrologer born at sunrise in Kentucky during a full moon. They write about colonialism, Christ and capital, complicating nationalism and deimperialization with sincere love for people and their faiths. Kathryn is part of the first Ashland New Plays Festival New Voices Emerging Playwrights cohort, and was a...
Kathryn de la Rosa (they/she/siya) is a Filipinx dramaturg, playwright, and former college newspaper astrologer born at sunrise in Kentucky during a full moon. They write about colonialism, Christ and capital, complicating nationalism and deimperialization with sincere love for people and their faiths. Kathryn is part of the first Ashland New Plays Festival New Voices Emerging Playwrights cohort, and was a finalist for the 2021 Artists at Play & APAFT Emerging Playwright Commission. They were a 2019–20 dramaturgy & literary management apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville and have interned at The New Harmony Project and Asolo Rep. MA (expected '23): United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, BA: Indiana University.

Plays

  • Holy Virgins
    western kentucky, 2012. sam, marina and jesse are about to be confirmed catholics, licensed drivers, and suspended from immaculate conception high school for a satanic prank or the vatican decree against communism, depending on who you ask. a sour-sweet dark comedy about queer girlhood, forgiving your mom, and what to believe.
  • The Best Day
    a filipino mom + her daughter's college orientation + the 1989 world tour = an unwelcome, expensive surprise.
  • pasyon play part 1
    (in progress; draft published 2021.04.09)

    part 1 of 3, 1970: a family stages Christ's death in the aftermath of the First Quarter Storm, with steel nails and real blood.
  • NON SO PIÙ COSA SON
    (to be developed in the 2021 ANPF New Voices Emerging Playwrights Retreat)

    In a Midwest church basement, teenage soprano Maria trains for conservatory auditions—but she hates her voice, her Weezer stan boyfriend, and the thought of leaving her single mother. Meanwhile, her musicologist-turned-music minister teacher Emily deals with pedagogical and ancestral ghosts of her own. NON SO PIÙ is an...
    (to be developed in the 2021 ANPF New Voices Emerging Playwrights Retreat)

    In a Midwest church basement, teenage soprano Maria trains for conservatory auditions—but she hates her voice, her Weezer stan boyfriend, and the thought of leaving her single mother. Meanwhile, her musicologist-turned-music minister teacher Emily deals with pedagogical and ancestral ghosts of her own. NON SO PIÙ is an eastward trip through diaspora, gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and imperialism, with oodles of public domain music.