Samuel French Names New Literary Director

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Samuel French, the world's premier theatrical publishing and licensing company, has announced the promotion of Amy Rose Marsh to Literary Director.

Over the past six years as part of the literary team at Samuel French, Amy Rose has developed an unparalleled knowledge of contemporary and classic American dramatists and has built strong relationships with industry professionals nationwide. In her new role as Literary Director, Amy Rose will be responsible for expanding relationships with professional licensors and will continue her role as curator of the Samuel French catalogue of plays and musicals, working to connect the nation's premier theatres with Samuel French's exciting and innovative roster of writers.

Amy Rose's career began in the Pacific Northwest, where she worked for the literary offices at ACT and Annex Theatre in Seattle, and studied at the University of Washington. After relocating to Brooklyn in 2007, Amy Rose began working for Samuel French as a Literary Intern, and was quickly promoted to Associate Editor. During her time as Editor, she was responsible for bringing over 400 new acting editions into print, including new works by Sarah Ruhl, David Mamet, Samuel D. Hunter, and Theresa Rebeck. For the past two years, she served as Literary Manager, successfully expanding French's exceptional canon of writers to include premier dramatists such as Will Eno, Annie Baker, and Suzan Lori-Parks. In addition to her work with acquisitions and licensing, Amy Rose also serves as the co-Artistic Director of the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, the oldest short play festival in the U.S., currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.

"My work at Samuel French has been guided by a strong passion toward new play advocacy and a belief that theatre is a medium to share diverse experiences," Amy Rose says of her the promotion to Literary Director. "I'm beyond thrilled about this new position and eager to aid theatres in the discovery of works that resonate for their audiences."

"We recognize the exceptional performance of Amy Rose Marsh as champion of emerging and established playwrights. She has earned this promotion," said Bruce Lazarus, Executive Director of Samuel French.


Established in 1830, Samuel French is the dramatic literature resource for the English-speaking theatrical community and champion of emerging playwrights. The oldest and largest publisher and licensor of stage plays and musicals in the world, the Samuel French catalogue includes some of the most acclaimed plays and musicals ever written for the stage, as well as work by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. Samuel French celebrates all those who make theatre happen while serving its clients and proactively advocating for playwrights.

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