NEW YORK CITY: Theatrical publishing and licensing giant Samuel French has promoted literary manager Amy Rose Marsh to the newly created title of literary director. Over the past six years as part of French’s literary team, Marsh has developed a deep knowledge of contemporary and classic American dramatists and has built strong relationships with industry professionals nationwide.
In her new role as literary director, Marsh will be responsible for expanding relationships with professional licensors and will continue her role as curator of the Samuel French catalogue of plays and musicals, working to connect the theatres with the publisher’s roster of writers.
Marsh’s career began in the Pacific Northwest, where she worked for the literary offices at ACT and Annex Theatre in Seattle and studied at the University of Washington. After relocating to Brooklyn in 2007, she began working for French as a literary intern and was quickly promoted to associate editor. During her time as editor, she was responsible for bringing more than 400 new acting editions into print, including new works by Sarah Ruhl, David Mamet, Samuel D. Hunter and Theresa Rebeck. For the past two years as literary manager, she successfully expanded French’s canon to include Will Eno, Annie Baker and Suzan-Lori Parks. In addition to her work with acquisitions and licensing, Marsh also serves as the co-artistic director of the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
“My work at Samuel French has been guided by a strong passion toward new-play advocacy and a belief that theatre is a medium to share diverse experiences,” Marsh said in a statement. “I’m beyond thrilled about this new position and eager to aid theatres in the discovery of works that resonate for their audiences.”