Rosalie Purvis

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Rosalie Purvis
Born1975 (age 45–46)
EducationBard College (BA)
Brooklyn College (MFA)
Cornell University

Rosalie Purvis (born 1975) is a Dutch-American theatre director and choreographer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in literature and dance from Bard College, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Brooklyn College, and is studying toward a Doctor of Philosophy in performing and media arts at Cornell University. During the late 1990s, she gained a considerable following in the Netherlands.[1] According to De Telegraaf, she was the youngest artist to win the Orange Prize (1999), the leading Dutch award for work in avant-garde theater.[2] Much of her stagecraft was associated with the prestigious Duke Romijn Theatre in Amsterdam.[3] She also co-wrote the best-selling Dutch children's book, Jana’s nachtreis, with Ceseli Josephus Jitta.[4]

Purvis later moved to the United States and founded an avant-garde theater company, Token 150, in New York City.

In the United States, Purvis is best known for her work on Berthold Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan and for reviving Jonathan Levy's classic, Charlie the Chicken for contemporary audiences.[5][6] She has also staged new works by T.D. Mitchell and Mya Kagan.[7]

Purvis is currently Libra Assistant Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Maine.


  1. ^ Algemeen Dagblad, Jan. 2, 1998
  2. ^ Awards & Honors, De Telegraaf, June 12, 1999, P. C5
  3. ^ Small Miracles at the Duke Romijn, Het Parool 3 July 1998
  4. ^ 'Nachtreis' Packs Delight, Free Amsterdam, September 1997.
  5. ^ Village Voice, Oct. 4, 2001
  6. ^ Charlie the Chicken, Variety, 6 October 2001.
  7. ^ Sept. 19, 2007