Molly Gross

Molly Gross


Molly Gross earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside, with an emphasis in playwriting and a secondary emphasis in nonfiction. She earned her Masters in English and Critical Literacy from Georgia Southwestern State University, and her BFA in acting and directing from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

In addition to teaching for the English department, Molly Gross also supervises peer tutors and Supplemental Instructors in the humanities and social science areas for the Student Success Center, tutors in writing, and oversees the Peer Writing Fellow program as Co-director of KWC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). She is also the current 504 Coordinator in the Office of Accessibility and co-advisor to the creative writing club, KWC Scribes.

Prior to her joining Wesleyan, Professor Gross taught English, communication and speech, and developmental courses at Andrew College in Georgia, where she piloted their first corequisite English course and Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) courses, and assisted in the establishment and design of their first Integrated Reading and Writing Center. She was also advisor to their student-led creative writing club and co-editor of their literary magazine.

Professor Gross’ writing credits primarily include produced plays. Her full-length adaptation, Shakespeare and the City, was produced with both Inland Theatre Works and Colton High School in Southern California, and her play Wish of an Almost Widow received staged readings with the Loft in Redlands and the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Her ten-minute play, Around the Block, received a staged reading at the Skylight Theatre in Hollywood, and won second place in a short play festival with Inland Theatre Works. While in Georgia, Professor Gross’ murder mystery dinner theatre show, Murder at Buckhorn Manor, was produced at Bagby State Park, and her two site-specific historic plays were commissioned through an arts grant and produced in Randolph County. More recently, her one-act play, Latrodectus, was accepted in Theatre Workshop of Owensboro’s festival, Summer Shorts. Molly Gross’ essays appear in L.A. Parent Magazine, Spirelight: A Journal of Creativity and Art, the Journal of the Georgia Philological Association, and Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine.

When she is not reading or writing, Professor Gross likes to paint – especially for theatre. She has served as a scenic artist for over 30 theatrical productions, including five at Kentucky Wesleyan. She also serves on the board of directors at Dream Riders of Kentucky since 2018, a center for therapeutic riding and experiences with horses in Philpot. Between projects and obligations, when weather permits, you will most likely find her outside – her favorite place to be.