Rose WeaverBiography


Currently, Rose is the winner of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting for her solo play, Menopause Mama. Rose stopped working on the play, which she began in early 2000's, when family members were ill and she became their caregiver. Several years later, she is back writing to complete the piece and publish it. The review panel made suggestions and Rose is working on those. She performs Menopause Mama for organizations that promote gender equity, resist ageism, acknowledge and support the rites of passage that girls, women, and men experience.

Rose also performs:

Rose: Weaver of Story and Song, a memoir to performance staged reading about coming of age as an artist in Rhode Island

Sings and leads her Honeysuckle Rose Band. It has been featured recently at Waterfire Providence. As a sassy jazz singer and narrator, Rose has been a featured vocalist with the Marian Anderson String Quartet, The Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Conrad Janis and the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.

Performs her solo piece, Ethel Waters Still Rises, songs and stories about America's first black female superstar.

Sings Songs from The American Songbook

As a sassy jazz singer and narrator, she has been a featured vocalist with the Marian Anderson String Quartet, The Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra,  The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Conrad Janis and the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.

Ms. Weaver’s film and television credits include the recent short film, The 6th Amendment (The 6th Amendment (Short 2017) - IMDbPro), The Brotherhood, The Accused, opposite Jodie Foster, In the Heat of the Night, opposite Carroll O’Connor, L.A. LAWThe Young and the RestlessLady in White, Poetic Justice, Go Tell It On the Mountain, numerous radio plays for Scribbling Women and commercials.

Rose Weaver received the Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, along with Stephen Sondheim and John Updike, for her outstanding work as a performer. NBC Television submitted her for Emmy consideration for her work on In the Heat of the Night opposite the late Carroll O’Connor.

She was born into a sharecropper's family in McDonough, Georgia, the first of six children. As a little girl, Rose explored the sounds of nature as her parents picked cotton and other crops to "earn their keep." Weaver's might be another sad story of a black girl growing up in the pre-civil rights south, but she escaped this fate by participating in the Upward Bound Program.  Living on campus at Emory Rose Weaver with Carroll O'ConnorUniversity during the summers, Rose explored theatre and museums in Atlanta, wrote an essay that won her a three month trip to Central America to see some of the world.  She gained success as the only black in the drama club at all-white Brown High School in Atlanta, and in the drama and singing clubs at elite Wheaton College.  She was the first and only black woman to win the title, Miss Foxboro (home of the Patriots), in the Massachusetts State Beauty Pageant.

After college, Rose won a fellowship with prestigious Trinity Rep Company  where she has played leading roles such as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Rose WeaverBernice in August Wilson’s,The Piano Lesson. On the west coast, Ms. Weaver has performed at the Taper, the Globe in San Diego, toured with the Taper to Europe, Off-Broadway with the National Theatre Company.

After receiving her MFA from Brown University 2000, when she was 50, Rose began writing and touring her one-woman show, Menopause Mama . It has received rave reviews from Bermuda to Providence. She appeared multiple times on National Public Radio with Deborah Becker and read her monologues as they were in development. She holds Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from Providence College and Marymount Manhattan College, New York. Rose is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Actor’s Equity Association.

Her dramatic writing has been published in Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann), NuMuse: an Anthology of New Plays from Brown University, Iowa Literacy Resource Center, and New England Literacy Resource Center.

(c) 2015 Rose Weaver. Updated December 4, 2016