Tess Rowan is an 18-year-old screen and stage performer, as well as playwright, composer, and director. She is based in Washington D.C. and has performed in venues from Atlanta to New York. Tess will be attending NYU Tisch to study Drama this fall.
Most recently, Tess wrote, produced, directed, and performed in the world premiere of Static: Noise of a New Musical at the 2022 Capital Fringe Festival, where Static won Best Musical and Best Ensemble. Learn more about Static here.
From dancing to singing to acting, from backstage to behind the scenes on set to a rehearsal studio, Tess loves being a part of creative productions.
As a graduating high school senior, Tess is the Co-Founder, Co-Captain, and Head of Social Media/Marketing for After Hours (playwriting, directing, and student-run productions group), Lead Critic on the Cappies Critic Team (theater criticism for DC Area educational theater), Co-Captain and Head of Social Media/Marketing for Assembly Required (Improv Troupe), and the Vice President of her school's chapter of the International Thespian Society.
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Musician
Tess has worked in theater and film, from modern comedy musicals to horror short films. She has been a student at Stagedoor Manor, New York Film Academy, Broadway Artists Alliance, and iTheatrics Broadway Academy, and currently trains in voice, acting, and dance.
Tess Rowan had her first play published at age fourteen and continues to write one-act and full-length plays across genres.
Her work has been featured in multiple young playwrights festivals, including Stagedoor Manor's Dramafest and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's YPF.
Tess plays guitar, piano, and ukulele, and has been writing songs since she was able to talk...and sort of sing.
At 14, Tess started writing the the book, music, and lyrics for Static: Noise of a New Musical, and became the first musical theater writer to use morse code as a method of dramatic storytelling.
In addition to musical theater, Tess writes and produces her own indie, folk, and rock music.
Tess loves creating immersive, physical theater productions and co-directed her first short film in Spring 2022. She directed the world premire of Static: Noise of a New Musical which won Best Musical at the 2022 Capital Fringe Festival. She also directs and produces a number of student productions at her high school.
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