Neta J. Rose (they / them) is a actor and multidisciplinary artist, and a proud queer, non-binary, Ashkenazi-Jewish redhead tomboy nerd, born and raised in Tkaronto - “Where the trees are standing in the water” - the traditional and ongoing territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Petun, Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River, part of the Dish with One Spoon wampum-belt covenant.
The child of two theatre artists and grandchild of the late great drama critic Nathan Cohen, Neta comes by a love of theatre honestly. Neta began acting at a young age, and was immersed in arts-based training. They attended the prestigious Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School where they majored in drama, and then - never content to be pigeon-holed - they moved to Halifax to study history and art history at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. At age 21 Neta moved to Scotland, where they became the founding acting teacher of the Create! Youth Theatre Program, which is still training young artists in the Scottish highlands, over a decade later.
Upon returning to Canada, Neta trained at University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and has been a fixture of the Toronto theatre scene ever since.
Neta's acting credits include Henry G20 (Luminato), The Omnibus Bill (TACTICS), The Bonds of Interest (Odyssey), The Penelopiad (Hart House), Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night (Foxtail - UK), Heart of a Dog (Next Stage), The Garden of Alla (Minmar Gaslight), and Knocking On Doors (Mixed Company Theatre).
Their writing has recently been published in Salty and in the Pandemic Poetry chapbook by Buddies in Bad Times.
In addition to being well-known as an actor, Neta is a prolific visual artist and poet.
Credits, photos, and upcoming projects
The epic scale of Shakespeare's Henry V meets the real streets of downtown Toronto during the G20 protests, in this new Canadian theatrical experience, written by Christine Brubaker and Constantine X. Anastaskis, produced by Henry G20 Group and co-commissioned and produced in association with Luminato Festival Toronto and The Bentway Conservancy.
(Image of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Henry by Debbie Deer.)
Collections of words, lyrics, and stories.
Full-colour studies of colourful humans
Custom work by commission, from illustrative text to formal portraiture, to boudoir
Original ongoing series of gender-euphoric pin-ups. Celebrating non-binary humans of all body-types, races, and gender-expressions - fat, scars, bones, body-hair and all
Life drawing studies in pencil, appreciating the beauty of the human form