Rosemary Harris is a writer, producer, director, performer, and workshop leader. She is a NIDA Acting graduate (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney) and an MA (Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.
As founder of Papertale, Rosemary has produced the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word shows for young people, including A Roo In My Suitcase, One Way Ticket, and Map of Me touring the UK with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes, funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England. Papertale's last project, Boys Don't, explored issues of boys' emotional expression, and the impact of gender roles on mental distress. After premiering at Half Moon Theatre, Boys Don't toured the UK, including live-streaming from Brighton Festival, and was a finalist in the 2018 Off West End Theatre Awards, for Best Production for Young People.
Rosemary has worked with an exhaustive list of leading creative organisations across the UK and in Australia, and conducted workshops and facilitated creative production in just about every setting possible, from theatres to schools, day centres to prisons, museums to festivals, with children, adults, creative professionals and absolute beginners.
Her written work has been widely published, including Poetry London, Index on Censorship, Magma, Staple, Chroma, and various anthologies. A former member of the Sydney Theatre Company, Rosemary has performed at Sydney Opera House, New York’s Summerfare Festival, and her UK performances include the Southbank Centre, Bristol Poetry Festival, Soho Writers’ Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Radio 3's The Verb, the Australia and NZ Festival of Arts and Literature, and many others.
In 2021 Rosemary was part of the creative team for 'Narratives of Empathy and Resilience', working with a collective of 17 plus dynamic artists, from a range of disciplines at different stages of their creative careers, who collaborated to create nine powerful scratch performances for different age ranges for the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector.
The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Battersea Arts Centre, on Sunday 8 March 2020.
Developed in direct response to the growing number of teenagers in the UK struggling with their mental health, Crowded told the story of ordinary young people whose anxiety, depression and desire lead to harmful and destructive behaviours. It was written and performed by three emerging poet performers: Desree, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet, with dramaturgy and additional text by Rosemary Harris.