Rowena hails from New York City by way of South Jersey. After graduating in 2005, Rowena moved to NYC to pursue a career in writing and stand up comedy. There she produced several comedy shows "The Tsumami Express" and "Hook-ah Laugh" and performed at venues such as Comix, Broadway Comedy Club and Stand Up NY. She has taken classes with Second City and the P.I.T. (Peoples Improv Theater) and does freelance work with an independent TV producer based out of North Jersey. In addition to performing and writing jokes for her fellow comedians, Rowena wrote and produced a TV pilot for the NYTV Festival called "Life on the B-List".
"Writing and producing is what I want to devote my life’s work toward. Because of my unique work experience as a writer and comedy and TV producer, I can comfortably mediate between the business and creative worlds without compromising my own artistic integrity."
Rowena hopes to have a career in television and someday become a showrunner. She also would like to develop a foundation that provides funding to Asian American artists and helps promote their work and support their artistic endeavors.
Currently, Rowena is working on her MFA degree in Screenwriting and Directing and also takes on the role of Producer on many projects. She writes original content for Television and Film and is working on developing a comedic webseries that will feature a straight man and a gay woman who discuss and troubleshoot their woes of dating women entitled, "Lez-Bro". The series is slated to shoot Spring 2012.
|Leakage||Producer/1st Assistant Director||Narrative Short||2012|
|Lez-Bro||Executive Producer/Creator||Internet Web Series||2012|
|Bret & Vince Get Framed for Murder||Producer/ Script Supervisor||Narrativve Short||2012|
|Learning Curves||Writer||Narrative Short||2012|
|Lavender Rocks||Producer||Feature Film||2012|
|Ruth's Great Escape||Assistant Director||Narrative Short||2012|
|The Path||Producer||Narrative Short||2012|
|A Particular Friendship||Writer/Director & Editor||Narrative Short||2011|
|Where is She||Director of Photography||Narrative Short||2011|
|Setting the Wheel||Writer/Director & Editor||Documentary||2011|
|Night at a Carnival||Co-Writer & Script Supervisor||Narrative Short||2011|
|Scratch Golf||Writer/Director & Editor||Narrative Short||2010|
|Life of the B-List||Writer/Executive Producer||Independent TV Pilot||2007|
Festivals and Awards
Directed a staged reading of They're Not Rappers for the 2012 Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival..