EllaRose Chary is an award-winning New York based writer and activist. She is currently working on Cotton Candy and Cocaine (Ars Nova Uncharted), Queer. People. Time. (Dramatists Guild Fellowship), Patriettes (#FWord Finalist), Untitled Anarchist Play (The Civilians’ R & D Group), and The Lorikeet (The Flea). Her other projects include the Malaysian musical (BOH Cameronian Arts Award Winner), Sidyney D. Crosier: An Unfinished Portrait (Hayswood Theater), The Daguerreotype (Prospect Theater), and Crossroads, a commission for Indiana’s Bicentennial. In July 2017 her show TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix was produced as part of The Tank's PrideFest and her new short musical Patchwork was presented as part of Prospect's Musical Theatre Lab at the Times Center.
She has contributed material to a variety of feminist and politically engaged projects, including Be the Death of Me and Occupy Your Mind (The Civilians), We Are Theatre! (Cherry Lane Theatre), By The Numbers (Prospect Theater), Rule of 7X7: The Lady Edition! (The Tank) and The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged (Honest Accomplice Theater). In 2016 she co-curated The Civillians' Let Me Ascertain You: Anarchy! Cabaret at Joe's Pub. She also wrote the article “Is the Pipeline a Pipeline a Pipe Dream for Emerging Women Musical Theater Writers?” (The Lilly Awards Blog) and was on NYMF's Expanding Representations of Gender Identity and Sexuality on Stage panel (2017).
EllaRose was a 2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellow and is an alum of Ars Nova’s Uncharted Residency and The Civilians’ R & D Group. She is a founding member of Bastard Playground in residence at the Drama League. She is a NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, a winner of the Weston Award for musical theater, and a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch www.ellarosechary.com
Women musical theatre writers may exist but do they apply for funding opportunities? EllaRose Chary addresses this question and looks at how that information can be used by institutions to create solutions to support emerging musical theatre writers.