Roselee Blooston is a writer, actress, teacher, and arts administrator whose works for the stage have been widely produced, and whose fiction and essays have appeared in print and online magazines, and in anthologies. She is the author of Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, published by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland in October 2016, and which is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Winner in the category of Grief/Grieving-Adult Nonfiction, and a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist in the category of memoir. An excerpt from that memoir appears in the anthology, The Widows’ Handbook, published by Kent State University Press in 2014, which includes work by Tess Gallagher, Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A second excerpt was a finalist in the Writer Advice 7th Flash Prose Contest. Her unpublished novel, Trial by Family, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 SLS Unified Literary Contest. Her work has been short-listed in the 2007 John Howard Reid Essay Contest, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2001 New York Stories Fiction Contest. She has written magazine articles for AARP The Magazine, The Vital Force, and Montclair Magazine, online fiction for Moxie, Pulse Literary Magazine, essays for Midcentury Modern Magazine and Burning Bush Publications, and contributed short fiction to a 2002 e-anthology by Release, Netherlands. From 1998 to 2005, Roselee was founding director of Tunnel Vision Writers’ Project, Inc., a non-profit organization located in New Jersey, specializing in original interdisciplinary collaborations with composers, visual artists and dancers: No Word for Inhumanity, Future Feminine, and The Body Project, the last two funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she conceived and produced 17 productions featuring original poetry, prose, plays, and performance pieces including Poets’ Theater, Short Story Theater and The Writers’ Theater Festival. Her monologues were commissioned by the Montclair Art Museum and her 9/11 song lyrics were performed at memorial services across the tri-state area as well as over WNTI and NJ Cable TV. She was also a founding member of the online community Montclair Editors & Writers, featured in Who’s Who in America, and served on author panels for Writing Matters and The Fine Print Series. Roselee's first career was as a professional actress and playwright. She wrote and performed four one-person plays—The Phrase in Air (on Edna St. Vincent Millay), Intensity Jane in New York (a comedy on Texas chic), The Queen’s in the Kitchen (a satire of Elizabeth II, for whom she was a professional look-alike), and Mad Moms (a multi-character satire)—for two decades, with productions broadcast over Voice of America, NPR and Manhattan Cable and performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, the National Portrait Gallery, in New York City at Lincoln Center Library, Bargemusic, the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, the Players’ Club, Theatre at St Clement’s, the West Bank Café and other Theater Row theaters, as well as Woodstock Playhouse and colleges, schools, and museums throughout the country. She also performed in the ensemble of her play Rehearsing for Oscar (a comedy about performers struggling for fame and fortune) at the Sanford Meisner Theater and the John Houseman Studio in New York City. Her two-act play Tikkun (on assimilation and survival) was read by the Jewish Alliance for the Performing Arts and was a finalist in the 2006 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition. Roselee holds an MFA in Drama from Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center where she won the Greer Garson Award, and a BA in Drama from Vassar College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has taught acting, voice and speech, and dramatic writing on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, the New School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her volunteer work has included a township appointee position on the Montclair Arts Council, work with the Montclair Art Museum’s Spoken Arts Committee, and a position on the board of the Rotary Club of Rhinebeck, New York. Roselee currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, teaches private memoir and essay writing workshops, and speaks to organizations and community groups on loss and renewal.

Roselee Blooston is a writer, actress, teacher, and arts administrator whose works for the stage have been widely produced, and whose fiction and essays have appeared in print and online magazines, and in anthologies. She is the author of Dying in Dubai, a memoir of marriage, mourning, and the Middle East, published by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland in October 2016, and which is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Winner in the category of Grief/Grieving-Adult Nonfiction, and a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist in the category of memoir.

An excerpt from that memoir appears in the anthology, The Widows’ Handbook, published by Kent State University Press in 2014, which includes work by Tess Gallagher, Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A second excerpt was a finalist in the Writer Advice 7th Flash Prose Contest. Her unpublished novel, Trial by Family, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 SLS Unified Literary Contest. Her work has been short-listed in the 2007 John Howard Reid Essay Contest, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2001 New York Stories Fiction Contest. She has written magazine articles for AARP The Magazine, The Vital Force, and Montclair Magazine, online fiction for Moxie, Pulse Literary Magazine, essays for Midcentury Modern Magazine and Burning Bush Publications, and contributed short fiction to a 2002 e-anthology by Release, Netherlands.

From 1998 to 2005, Roselee was founding director of Tunnel Vision Writers’ Project, Inc., a non-profit organization located in New Jersey, specializing in original interdisciplinary collaborations with composers, visual artists and dancers: No Word for Inhumanity, Future Feminine, and The Body Project, the last two funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she conceived and produced 17 productions featuring original poetry, prose, plays, and performance pieces including Poets’ Theater, Short Story Theater and The Writers’ Theater Festival. Her monologues were commissioned by the Montclair Art Museum and her 9/11 song lyrics were performed at memorial services across the tri-state area as well as over WNTI and NJ Cable TV. She was also a founding member of the online community Montclair Editors & Writers, featured in Who’s Who in America, and served on author panels for Writing Matters and The Fine Print Series.

Roselee’s first career was as a professional actress and playwright. She wrote and performed four one-person plays—The Phrase in Air (on Edna St. Vincent Millay), Intensity Jane in New York (a comedy on Texas chic), The Queen’s in the Kitchen (a satire of Elizabeth II, for whom she was a professional look-alike), and Mad Moms (a multi-character satire)—for two decades, with productions broadcast over Voice of America, NPR and Manhattan Cable and performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, the National Portrait Gallery, in New York City at Lincoln Center Library, Bargemusic, the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, the Comic Strip, the Players’ Club, Theatre at St Clement’s, the West Bank Café and other Theater Row theaters, as well as Woodstock Playhouse and colleges, schools, and museums throughout the country. She also performed in the ensemble of her play Rehearsing for Oscar (a comedy about performers struggling for fame and fortune) at the Sanford Meisner Theater and the John Houseman Studio in New York City. Her two-act play Tikkun (on assimilation and survival) was read by the Jewish Alliance for the Performing Arts and was a finalist in the 2006 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition.

Roselee holds an MFA in Drama from Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center where she won the Greer Garson Award, and a BA in Drama from Vassar College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has taught acting, voice and speech, and dramatic writing on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, the New School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Her volunteer work has included a township appointee position on the Montclair Arts Council, work with the Montclair Art Museum’s Spoken Arts Committee, and a position on the board of the Rotary Club of Rhinebeck, New York.

Roselee currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, teaches private memoir and essay writing workshops, and speaks to organizations and community groups on loss and renewal.