Grace Rowe started her creative pursuits as an actress, studying drama at the Orange County High School of the Arts and later receiving her B.A. in Theater Arts from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. While studying acting there, she also discovered her love for film and television production, as she studied screenwriting, producing, and film history. Besides directing plays throughout college through the theater group she formed called “Theater Underground,” she also had the opportunity to work on short films and spec commercials in key positions that allowed her the opportunity to understand set dynamics and how each position proved vital to making a project successful.
After college, Grace produced and performed her one-woman show, The Grid Life, a play about seven vastly different Asian American women living in Los Angeles. With critical success she adapted the play into the award-winning feature screenplay, American Seoul, which won the Best Screenplay award at the 2002 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City, First Runner up at the 2002 CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Screenwriting Competition, and First Runner up at the 2002 Cynosure Screenwriting Competition. She was also one of the ten attendees chosen to participate in the 2002 FIND Filmmaker’s Labs (both the Film Independent Producer and Screenwriting Labs) to develop the script. She produced, wrote, and acted in the short version of the film, which became a festival favorite and screened at over a dozen film festivals worldwide. American Seoul was also highlighted at the MTV TRL Studios Filmmakers’ Reception at the Asian American Film Festival in New York City. Janet Yang signed on to executive produce the feature version of the film (The Joy Luck Club, The People Vs. Larry Flint), but unfortunately, the project was unable to secure funding.
Grace decided to take matters into her own hands and she wrote another feature-length screenplay, I Am That Girl, about a cash-poor party girl who discovers love and the beauty of nature on a road trip to the Sierras. Grace starred in the movie, and she also produced and edited the film as well. The feature film garnered her a Best Actress Award from the 2009 Yosemite International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2009 L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Eager to finally direct her first feature, Grace is currently in pre-production for Virtually, her latest screenplay. The film is about a woman who takes part in the beta testing of a virtual reality program called, “Virtual Encounters,” where she falls in love with an avatar and must find out if he’s real or not. Executive produced by Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones, Narcos), Grace is excited to reunite with her good friend, Alexandre Naufel, who will shoot the film.
Grace has also recently finished writing her first young adult novel, PURE DESCENT, and continues to act professionally. You can see her on such hit t.v. series as “Blackish,” “Modern Family,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Name: Grace Rowe
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Idylwild Pictures
Occupation: Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Editor
According To Jim
Jake In Progress
I Am That Girl
Up All Night
Body Of Proof
Best Actress, "I Am That Girl," from Yosemite International Film Festival
The Actor's Studio
Orange County High School of The Performing Arts