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.

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. Rose is also a co-bookwriter and lead producer of Rock and Roll Man — The Alan Freed Story, which had its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in 2017 and is in development for Broadway and a national tour.

A eight-time Tony Award® winning producer, Rose made her debut as a Broadway producer in 2011 with the historic revival of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz. Since then, partnering with her brother Luigi Caiola, Caiola Productions has won seven Tony Awards® and and two Drama Desk Awards – their award-winning productions include Company (Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical), The Inheritance (Tony Awards® for Best Play, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play), Once on this Island (Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical),  Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical)The Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best Musical Revival and Best Leading Actress), All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best Play and Best Leading Actor, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf  (winner of 3 Tony Awards® for Best Revival of a Play, Best Director, and Best Leading Actor).

Past Broadway productions include American BuffaloJagged Little Pill, Pretty Woman the MusicalLifespan of a FactRodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselFiddler on the RoofAn Act of God, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, Sylvia, On Your Feet,  China Doll, and Spring Awakening, You Can’t Take It With YouThe Elephant Man (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play), It’s Only A PlayAn American in Paris,The Realistic Joneses,  The Bridges of Madison County  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress,  Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, and Godspell. Off-Broadway, Caiola Productions has been represented by Little Shop of HorrorsDaddy Long Legs and Nevermore — the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. On tour, Caiola Productions has been a co-producer of Porgy & Bess, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, others.

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.

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Luigi Caiola (1959-2023)




Caiola Productions mourns the heartbreaking loss of its co-founder and co-leader, Luigi Caiola, on November 26, 2023.


"Sometimes people leave you, halfway through the wood...."

- Stephen Sondheim, INTO THE WOODS

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