The National Women's Theatre Festival

Rowen Haigh


Director of Education & Outreach – Rowen Haigh

Rowen Haigh (she/they) is a freelance director, deviser, producer, and educator as well as an activist and organizer for gender parity in the theatre. She serves as the Director of Education & Outreach with Women’s Theatre Festival, as chair of the Women+ in Theatre Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and as a board member for the Kentucky Theatre Association. Rowen’s areas of theatrical research and practice include: collaborative, non-hierarchical creation models for gender equity; community building, empowerment, and new talent development focusing on EDI; and best practices for artist health and career longevity. As a theatre maker, Rowen creates multidisciplinary work for the stage that is grounded in collective creation, heightened physicality, and a deep curiosity about the sensory power of live performance. During the Covid 19 pandemic, Rowen has also delved into virtual theatre, which has facilitated long-distance collaboration with artists and makers across the world. Recent virtual productions include Freakshow, by Carson Kreitzer (Director, WTF Mainstage Series), Father’s Day, by Courtney Christison, (Director and Dramaturg, WTFringe 2020), and In Absentia, by Naomi Goodheart (staged reading; Director). Rowen holds an MFA in Directing/Theatre Arts from Towson University (Baltimore, MD) and a BA in Theatre from Reed College (Portland, OR). For more information, please follow Rowen on Ko-Fi ( or visit and