Rose WeaverBiography


Currently, Rose is an Artist-In-Residence at Brown University’s Rites and Reason Theatre. She is working with Professor Elmo Terry-Morgan, Artistic Director of Rites & Reason Theatre, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, and Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, to further develop Rose’s Brown U 2000 thesis play, called Skips in the Record, about a family coping with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

Rites and Reason Theatre, a research component of the Department of Africana Studies, develops new work by playwrights of all descriptions. Its trademark is its unique Research to Performance Method (RPM) of play development. Plays developed by Rites and Reason have had subsequent productions on Broadway and in regional and national tours and theaters. The Theatre prides itself on its partnerships and collaborations in the community. Since its founding, thousands of students have participated in Rites and Reason projects and productions, often working side by side with professional and community actors, writers, directors, designers and dramaturgs.

Skips in the Record is an entertaining dark comedy about Alzheimer’s disease. The play was written after Rose experienced her grandmother’s decline and eventual death from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It was created to help people, particularly members of the minority community, recognize the beginning signs of Alzheimer’s disease in time to get help. Skips in the Record depicts characters drawn from real life. It uses their stories and songs to enlighten us about the struggles with Alzheimer’s disease that affects well over five million people in the United States.

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 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 and the cloud formations 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, toured with the Taper to Europe, Off-Broadway with the National Theatre Company.  As a sassy jazz singer, she has been a featured vocalist with the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Conrad Janis and the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.

After receiving her MFA from Brown University, where she was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award in Playwriting, Rose wrote and began touring her one-woman show, Menopause Mama which has received rave reviews from Bermuda to Providence. She has appeared multiple times on National Public Radio with Deborah Becker and read her monologues. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, New York, is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and 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.