Stacey Rose Residency

Stacey Rose Residency in Charlotte

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All activities of the Stacey Rose Residency, as part of BOOM 2020, have been postponed. If/When a new date(s) has been identified, additional information will be posted here and via social media: Twitter, Facebook events, Instagram. We appreciate your patience, and also hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Stacey Rose invites YOU to participate in developing her new show!

BOOM is excited to host our first Artist Residency with locally grown, theater artist and playwright, Stacey Rose, to develop an original work for BOOM 2020!

With support from the North Carolina Arts Council, BOOM will bring Rose to Charlotte for a series of events beginning February and culminating with a work-in-progress presentation of her show, “TRAPT,” at BOOM 2020.

TRAPT, created in collaboration with hip-hop artist Zion “NO¡Z” Rose, is part fable and part documentary theatre piece that examines the perils, pitfalls and price of fame for today’s trap* music artists. TRAPT has been developed in Minneapolis, MN, at The Playwrights Center, as well as Joe’s Pub in partnership with “The Civilians."

Ms. Rose’s work exemplifies her strong ties to the city/community, creating work focused on highlighting and celebrating the Black experience. Rose’s work has received numerous awards, most recently a 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellowship, and she is also a 2018-21 Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. Rose has been part of several high profile projects, including Season 1 of Spike Lee’s TV series, “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Stacey hails from Elizabeth, NJ, and Charlotte, NC, and is a proud mom, daughter and sibling. Ms. Rose earned a BA in theatre at UNC Charlotte and is an alumna of the MFA program in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Rose has largely moved from Charlotte to pursue her work in places more supportive of arts, and new play development in specific.

* Trap music is known for its ominous and often bleak, gritty vocals and lyrical content. Typical lyrical themes include general life and slang culture in the "trap" or in the actual Southern "trap house" where narcotics are sold. Trap music is a style of rap music that originates from Atlanta, as coined by Atlanta rapper T.I.


Location: Johnson C. Smith University Arts Factory
1545 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28216

Parking will be available behind the JCSU Arts Factory or in the Mosaic Village Parking Deck.
Please note: parts of Beatties Ford Road are blocked, due to road construction.

Saturday, Feb. 8

  • Workshop: “Creative responsibilities in the Development of New Work for Stage.” – Noon to 2pm
    Suggested donation = $10 at the door

Residency, Rehearsal and Feedback Showing:


    Rose will return in March to rehearse and develop the show she’ll present at BOOM 2020 in April.

    Saturday, March 21
    *Auditions – 10am–2pm (by appointment)

    Location: Prospective performers will be emailed location.

    • Seeking Black American performers ages 18 - early 30s, actors with a background in Hip-Hop and/or Poetry performance are preferred for the workshop and performance of a work-in-progress called TRAPT.
      Prospective performers should bring a headshot and resume. Sign Up here.

    Sunday, March 22:
    *Callbacks – 6-8pm (by invitation)

    Wednesday, March 25:
    : Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
    5:30pm doors open; Reading begins promptly @6pm.

    • Read Through (open to the public): This is an opportunity for the community to engage in new work development before the show gets on its feet. Actors will sit in a circle and literally read the play while a director or stage manager reads the stage directions. It’s the radio version of what will become a theatrical production. Audiences are given a behind-the-scenes view of the building of a new play, a chance to ask questions and share in the evolution of TRAPT.

    Sunday, April 5 – time and location: TBD:

    • Open Rehearsal: This rehearsal will offer audience members the space to deepen their relationship with the play as it comes to life with additional elements like blocking, choreography and music.

    Friday–Sunday, April 17-19
    Show at BOOM 2020
    Location: (tbd) in Plaza Midwood

    • TRAPT will be presented at the 2020 BOOM festival..
    • Artists and audience members will reflect upon and provide feedback on this new work, thereby contributing to its further development.

    Participate & Partner with BOOM:

    • Participate: If you would like to be a part of the Residency and/or audition for the new work, check the Residency activities and email us.
    • Partner: If you have or know of a space(s) in Charlotte’s West End, join us as a venue or community partner for this exciting collaboration. Rose’s work will specifically resonate with the residents of the West End.

    Venue Partners:

    • Charlotte’s Off-Broadway
    • Johnson C. Smith University
    • Shook Kelley Architects
    • West End Investments/Griffin Brothers Companies

    Email Camerin Watson if you would like to get involved or have questions.


    BOOM is excited to bring home our locally grown playwright to share her work and expertise with our local theater community, as well as the community at large.

    Visit the Stacey Rose website