Rosie Forrest, OZ Arts Nashville director of community engagement, oversees educational and community partnerships between OZ and the Greater Nashville area. Combining a background in educational design with leadership positions in contemporary arts programming, Rosie has served as director for Vanderbilt Summer Academy, creative writing director for Interlochen Center for the Arts summer programs, and literary manager/dramaturg for Chicago theatre institutions, including Northlight Theatre and Steppenwolf Theater Company. Rosie is a member of the Metro Nashville Public Schools STEAM Advisory Committee, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Nashville's LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Hampshire.
"And then something else happens, a thing that still makes my heart rise in my chest and eyes blur, even in recollection. For it turns out there’s something even more affecting than watching the sun disappear into a hole. Watching the sun climb out of it."