Julianna Gross is a young writer, an Aries and an avid pickle-lover. Her love of theatre began onstage in elementary school, with her first role as a popcorn seller yelling, “Line!” offstage embarrassingly often. She has since performed in many plays and musicals throughout her school years. Gross turned to playwriting as a sophomore in high school when she fell off a couch while reading a book and decided to turn it into a play. Her favorite memories involving theatre have been as a counselor at Girl Scout camp, writing skits with her campers about everything from ants to The Bachelor, and watching her best friend, Leah, practice monologues from one of her written shows, trying so hard to bring life to the words. Her plays Maya (2017) and Displaced (2018) have been honored and performed at the Young Playwrights Festival at Baltimore Center Stage. Off Road is her first published play. She currently lives in Olney, Md., watching Gossip Girl every Friday night with her mother and younger sister. She graduated from Sherwood High School in 2019 and is in the class of 2023 at Yale University, studying molecular biology and theatre, especially writing for the stage.