Rose Caiola

Rose Caiola is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (mmac), a state-of-the-art dance and movement classroom, studio and performance facility near Lincoln Center, and Manhattan Youth Ballet, one of the country’s premier classical ballet academies. At mmac, Rose has produced a variety of concerts and benefits over the last 15 years including “Hope for Haiti” and “The Knickerbocker Suite”.

In 2010, Rose conceived, co-wrote, and produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, based on Julianne Moore’s children’s book, which premiered at New World Stages and is currently being licensed worldwide by Music Theatre International. A four-time Tony Award® winner, Rose made her debut as a Broadway producer in 2011 with the historic revival of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz. During the 2016-17 theater season, Rose co-produced Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, and An Act of God with Sean Hayes.  During the 2015-16 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of Fiddler on the RoofSylviaDaddy Long LegsOn Your FeetThe Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival)China Doll, and Spring Awakening.  During the 2014-15 theater season, Rose was a co-producer of You Can’t Take It With YouThe Elephant Man,  It’s Only A PlayAn American in Paris, and Nevermore — the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. During the 2013-14 season, Rose was a co-producer of All The Way starring Bryan Cranston  (winner of 2 Tony Awards® including Best Play), The Bridges of Madison County, and The Realistic Joneses on Broadway, the 2013-14 national tour of Porgy & Bess and the London premiere of The Color Purple The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory.  During the 2012-13 Broadway season, Rose was a co-producer of the Steppenwolf Theater’s acclaimed revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf  (winner of 3 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (winner of 1 Tony Award® and 3 Drama Desk Awards), Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn, and Dan Stevens, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, and David Mamet’s controversial drama The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger.

Rose was the executive producer of the award-winning 2012 documentary First Positiona property she is currently developing for the musical stage.

Rose began her career as a dancer and actress, and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the devoted mother of Sasha and Benny Mermelstein, the adoring wife of Edward Mermelstein, and the proud daughter of Bettina Caiola and the late Benny Caiola.

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