Rose Weaver is an American actress, singer, director and writer in Rhode Island. Weaver is described as a "major figure in Rhode Island entertainment," and she is known for her role in the film Poetic Justice.
Weaver grew up in McDonough outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Her family were sharecroppers. She was one of the first black people to attend Joseph Emerson Brown High School, an all-white high school in Atlanta, Georgia and participated in the Emory University Upward Bound program in her youth.
Weaver began singing in Boston and Rhode Island clubs in the 1970s. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1973 and was awarded a three-year fellowship by Trinity Repertory in 1973. She spent 11 seasons acting at Trinity, including roles as Silvia in Two Gentleman of Verona, Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. In 1994, she returned to Trinity in 1994 for another 11 seasons, taking roles such as the Witch in Into the Woods and Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. In addition to her time at Trinity, Weaver was the producer and host of the television program "Sunday Sunday" on WJAR TV in the 1980s.
Weaver continues to act, sing, write and direct. She performed at the state inauguration in Rhode Island, 1999. In 2000, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Brown University. She was an artist in residence at Brown University's Rites and Reason Theatre in 2015 where she developed her play about Alzheimer's disease and memory, Skips The Record. Her play Menopause Mama, which she wrote, directed and starred in toured internationally and earned her a fellowship in play writing at the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2017.
Awards and distinctions
2019, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame
2018, Rhode Island Woman of the Year, GoLocalProv
2018, Wheeler School Community Spirit Award
2018, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Wheaton College
2016, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Providence College
2002, Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College
2001, Rhode Island Historical Society History Makers
2000, Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
1991, "Who's Who in Rhode Island Jazz"
1973, Miss Massachusetts - Miss Congeniality
1973, Miss Foxboro
Selected film and television roles
A Snow White Christmas, 2018, Mrs. Woods
Brotherhood, 2006, Mrs. Lynch
Poetic Justice, 1993, Aunt Audrey
Tales From The Crypt, "Mute Witness to Murder", 1990, Desk
The Accused, 1988, Nurse
Go Tell It On The Mountain, 1984
In the Heat of the Night, 1989
Brother to Dragons, Great Performances, 1975, Family Slave
"Mama's Helper" and "Chips on My Shoulder", Monologues for Women by Women, Tori Haring-Smith ed., 1994
NuMuse: an anthology of plays from Brown University's New Plays Festival, 1994