Rosa Palmeri is a classically trained actor who sometimes gets antsy and will then direct, teach, write, paint scenery, and make puppets. She is currently assisting André Gregory on The Designated Mourner, written by and starring Wallace Shawn, and then, on weekends, hopping a train back to Vermont—where she grew up—to direct a commedia version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
As an actor, she most recently played Muriel McComber in Ah, Wilderness! and Beth/Mrs. Filcher in A Christmas Carol at The American Conservatory Theater. Other notable characters include: Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Dominique Lozano; Persephone, Queen of Hades, in an adaptation of Black Orpheus, directed by Stephen Buescher; and a Taoist in a workshop of The Happiness of Fish, with Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin. She has created many of her own pieces, including a round of two-person Shakespeare adaptations—Twelfth Night by Two (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Shrew by Two—and a one-woman clown show, The Deluge and Stuff. She has extensive clown training with Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, Stephen Buescher, Michael Toomey, Gabriel Levey, Bill Irwin, and David Shiner. BFA: University of Evansville, MFA: The American Conservatory Theater.