2012 – Eric Rose

Eric RoseEric Rose is the Co-Artistic Director of Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre and a busy freelance director, creator, playwright dramaturge, and educator. While he formally trained as an actor at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College’s Joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program, he considers the four seasons he spent as Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Associate as his real education and as the start of his emergence as a director and artistic director.

Rose says his innovative approach to theatre is fueled by an immense passion, fascination, and curiosity for devising, developing and interpreting stories.

The adjudicators were “knocked out by the visual quality and physicality of his approach.” An approach that has led to work across Canada, into the United States and as far away as South Korea and Ghana.

“I am experimenting with developing new performance in a laboratory environment,” says Rose. “Everyone participates in all aspects of creation. Designers have the opportunity to contribute to the formation of narrative and character, while actors have the ability to influence and propose visual and auditory ideas.”

Rose also explores emerging and antiquated technologies and their impact on the construction of narrative, representation and the theatrical experience. And he’s fascinated by the dynamics of spatial relationships and the way space can be transformed and re-imagined by the use of choreography, blocking and design.