Mitchell Rose is an American director of short films known for comedic work and dance film. He began his career as a choreographer and performance artist and became known at "the dance world's Woody Allen" after being so dubbed by The New York Times. He then migrated to film and his works have won numerous awards, notably Elevator World, Modern Daydreams, and Learn to Speak Body. He tours a program called The Mitch Show which features his films and audience participation pieces.
Rose was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He entered Tufts University in Electrical Engineering but soon discovered Modern Dance and became the college's first dance major. Following graduation in 1973 he moved to New York City where he studied at the studios of Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham, and Viola Farber. He formed the Mitchell Rose Dance Company blending movement, acting, comedy, text, and projected images. He received a grant from CETA and from 1978–1980 performed extensively in New York