Born in Havana, Cuba, Rosa immigrated to the U.S. in 1962.
receiving a B.A. in Music and a graduate program in Ethnomusicology, she
began a professional musical career as a founding member and musical
director of ‘Latin Fever,” all-woman Latin fusion band. Rosa has also
had successful collaborations with Grammy winner, producer Larry Harlow,
and Latin bandleader Alberto Slezynger’s “Projecto Daiquiri,” with whom
she wrote music and lyrics for gold and platinum albums. Rosa’s
original songs have been covered by international artists and featured
Rosa has participated in BMI's Lehman-Engel Musical Theater Workshop for
Librettists and Composers/Lyricists. She has studied acting and
voice-over techniques with Catherine Marks in New York.
Over the past several years, Rosa also worked with percussionist/writer
developing works for musical theater. "The Rose
Slippers," their second collaboration, was produced in New York to
highly favorable reviews. The musical won third prize in the 2004
Jackie White National Memorial Children’s theater competition, and it is
being adapted as a children’s book.
In 2002 Rosa received a “Meet the Composer” grant for the “Future
Feminine” mixed-media project sponsored by the Tunnel Vision Writer’s
Project in Montclair, NJ.
Rosa’s plays “Fruitcakes” and “Venial Sins” were produced by New York’s
Love Creek Company. “Venial Sins” was selected for the 2004 Samuel
French festival in New York. Her short play “Pigeons” was presented at
the 2006 Samuel French festival in New York. Rosa was named Playwright
in Residence at Passaic County Community College in NJ for the 2009,
which presented a reading of her play “Esperanza.”
She is currently in
the development stages of a work for musical theater based on the
Rosa has recently completed her first full-length novel, Guava Road.
Rosa is a member of SAG, BMI, and The Dramatists Guild.