Whitney Rowland

Whitney Rowland

Whitney Rowland is a Minneapolis-based playwright and screenwriter. She has been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the UMass PlayLab, shortlisted for the Theatre503 (London, UK) New Play Award, as well as a finalist for both the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship and the Core Writer program at the Playwrights’...
Whitney Rowland is a Minneapolis-based playwright and screenwriter. She has been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the UMass PlayLab, shortlisted for the Theatre503 (London, UK) New Play Award, as well as a finalist for both the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship and the Core Writer program at the Playwrights’ Center. Her plays have been developed at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festivals (regional and national), Great Plains Theatre Conference, and PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, where Whitney was named a 2019 Haas Fellow. Her work has been produced at Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Minnesota Shorts, Northwest Children’s Theater & School, as well as colleges and universities around the country. On the screen side of things, Whitney’s kids' sports feature-length screenplay THE BUZZBOTS was a winner in the 2017 CMU/Sloan Screenwriting Contest, earning her a $7,500 grant. Her family drama THE WAY UP was a 2016 finalist for the same award. Whitney holds a Bachelors from the University of Kansas, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon. You can learn more about her work at www.rowlandwriter.com.

Plays

  • Wayfinding
    Jane is an emotionally-numbed new widow. Harrison is an inattentive, self-sabotaging fiancé. In seeking escape, these two strangers collide – both literally and figuratively – tangling their life lines and setting them on a time-bending journey involving an intercontinental plane crash, a magical forest, and a choice that leads them both to an unexpected destination.
  • Your Princess is in Another Castle
    Skip Whitaker is on a f*cking quest. After his NYC Comic Con ticket is stolen, Skip, dressed as Mario (from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros), performs for donations. There, he meets Chuck, a foul-mouthed but enthusiastic Yoshi (Mario's in-game sidekick) and the two join forces to get Skip into the Convention and meet his prophesied true love. But, when a weapon-wielding Pikachu and an angry Boba Fett show...
    Skip Whitaker is on a f*cking quest. After his NYC Comic Con ticket is stolen, Skip, dressed as Mario (from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros), performs for donations. There, he meets Chuck, a foul-mouthed but enthusiastic Yoshi (Mario's in-game sidekick) and the two join forces to get Skip into the Convention and meet his prophesied true love. But, when a weapon-wielding Pikachu and an angry Boba Fett show up, will Skip's dreams of “Happily ever after” become “Game Over?”
  • Greyout
    Duct tape covers nearly every inch of Blythe's bedroom. She is haunted by the sound and scent and memory of him. So she works to block it out, burying it beneath layer after layer of grey tape. But when her best friend, Bartlett, tries to support her recovery, she pushes back and his desperation to “fix her” goes too far.
  • Umbrellas for Everyone
    In the not-too-distant future, a silver-tongued Salesperson peddles “Back to School” umbrellas to parents and children alike in the heart of a modern American shopping mall. But with colors like True Blue, Righteous Red, and White to Bear Arms, these are no ordinary umbrellas.
  • Broken
    Mitch has an elaborate plan to propose to his girlfriend, involving an expensive drone that he can barely fly. In order to make his dream proposal a reality, he enlists the help of his best friend, Ian, and his younger brother, Ez. But when tensions between the men boil over and the drone crashes, how will Mitch proceed? And what will be left of his plan, once he learns of Ian's secret?
  • #Backdoor
    In an alternate universe where Apple complies with an FBI request for access to their system, an anonymous hacker group creates an iPhone virus to show us just how vulnerable we are. The leaked result of their experiment goes viral, spiraling the country into chaos.