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Janet Rose Recognized For Women’s History Month

Inspiring Change, Pushing Boundaries

Theatre Arts instructor, Janet Rose, has been highlighted as an inspirational woman on campus by University Communications. Check out her feature here:

To commemorate Women’s History Month 2020, join us in celebrating 10 extraordinary UO faculty members—a roster of shining stars from a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds who are guiding the next generation to equity, opportunity, and excellence.

Janet Rose—who has been at the UO since 1987 and has been involved in more than 100 productions—is a senior instructor in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Theatre Arts, specializing in lighting, stage management, and theatrical production. Her favorite spot on campus is backstage at the Robinson Theatre where she thrives on the energy of student productions, “from the actors portraying their roles, to the technicians flying and moving scenery, to the students helping costume quick changes—they put so much heart into what they’re doing,” she said.

Rose’s role models include two legendary lighting designers—Jean Rosenthal (“the mother of lighting design”) and Tharon Musser (who designed A Chorus Line and other groundbreaking musicals)—who prevailed in a male-dominated field to achieve reputations as among the best designers on Broadway.

As a teacher and mentor, she is especially gratified when her students have rewarding experiences that inspire them to continue work in theater, and more generally gain appreciation for how theatre can positively affect their lives.