Rowena is a Queensland native who grew up on the Darling Downs. Her first love was performing and after completing a performing arts degree at USQ (then DDIAE) she wound up with lead roles in a number of television shows – Starting Out, Carson’s Law, Flying Doctors and Neighbours – all filmed in Melbourne.
As a complement to acting, she began writing and producing her own theatre shows and staged productions in Melbourne, London and Edinburgh with The Great Big Opera Company and her own company Pre-Paradise Productions before returning to university to undertake a degree in Literature, Critical Studies and Creative Writing (studying under Alex Miller) at LaTrobe University.
Since then Rowena has employed her extensive knowledge of the performing arts in her job as a theatrical agent while writing in her spare time. She has published two Young Adult novels – My Life and Other Catastrophes Allen & Unwin (2008), A Letter From Luisa Allen & Unwin (2009) and her TV series for teens – Sanctuary – was recently optioned by Mad Dan Productions who are currently in the process of securing funding and co-producers.
Rowena has also been working on a black comedy/ drama series Kill Your Darlings and a holiday rom-com A Roadhouse Christmas.