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 and Film from UCLA. After graduating 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. From
a wannabe rapper to a new-age hippie to a piano prodigy-turned raver,
Grace performed her solo show at numerous theaters, including The HBO
Workspace, the Davidson/Valentini Theater, and at the Los Angeles Fringe
Encouraged by the critical success of her play, Grace adapted The Grid
Life into the award-winning feature film script, AMERICAN SEOUL, which
won the Best Screenplay Award at the Asian American International Film
Festival in New York City, Top Finalist at the CAPE (Coalition of Asian
Pacifics in Entertainment) Screenwriting Competition, and First Runner-up
from the Cynosure Screenwriting Competition. Grace was also one of the
ten attendees chosen to participate in the Film Independent Filmmaker’s
Labs (both the FIND Producers' and Screenwriters' Labs) to develop American
Seoul. 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 the
project was ultimately unable to secure financing.
Grace decided to take matters into her own hands and she wrote another
feature-length screenplay, I AM THAT GIRL, about a seemingly shallow
and materialistic party girl who discovers love and the beauty of nature
on a road trip to the Sierras. Grace starred in the feature film, and she
also served as the producer and main editor. The film garnered her a Best
Actress Award from the Yosemite International Film Festival, and was
nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film at the
L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Grace delved into directing with the sci-fi short film, THE SWEETENING,
based on her television series and feature film screenplay that she’s developed by the same title. The Sweetening short that she wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and edited, won the Best Live Action Sci-fi Short Film Award from the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival, the Best Cinematography Award from the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, and a Special Jury Prize from the Austin Asian American Film Festival. Recently acquired by DUST, an online sci-fi channel with over 100,000 subscribers, it has amassed over 40,000 views in just a few short weeks since its premiere. Fast Company and
Gizmodo both wrote articles about The Sweetening on their websites,
with Fast Company calling out Black Mirror fans to watch the short.
The Sweetening television pilot landed Grace a semi-finalist position
(along with her Black Mirror spec) from the 2017 Disney Television
Writer’s Program, in which more than 3000 writers applied.
At the same time, her feature screenplay, THE 2ND LIFE , was also a semi-
finalist for the 2018 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. The film is a sci-fi thriller
that Grace intends to direct as her feature film directorial debut.
Her second short film that she wrote, directed, acted in, and edited, was
BAG OF WORMS, a dramedy about a Halloween party that turns south when the issue of race comes up amongst friends. The short film was co-written by her husband, Michael Jaworski, and has numerous awards and accolades, including Best Comedy from the Georgia Shorts Film Festival, and it was nominated for Best Director by the Atlanta Women's Comedy Film Festival, and Best Ensemble Cast from the Austin Comedy Short Film Film Festival.
In addition, Grace was recently selected as one of six finalists for the “New
Visions Award” for her debut Young Adult novel, PURE DESCENT, a sci-fi action thriller about the future of mixed race. Along with the numerous other
feature screenplays and television scripts she has written, Grace
continues to act professionally. She is also a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. To see her full list of credits, please visit her IMDB
Grace and her husband, Michael Jaworski, currently write and co-host the popular podcast, The Zetty And Indy Show, in which they portray their two dogs. With listeners in over 87 countries, the show recently partnered with Dogoday.com. Listen to their podcast here.