Rachel Atkins Playwright
Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices/Theatreworks USA, the educational theatre company with whom she has twelve different multi-media shows in ongoing national touring repertory. Her plays have been seen locally with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Empty Space, Annex Theatre, Brownbox Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Sound Theatre, Live Girls!, Infinity Box Theatre Project, Forward Flux Productions, Fantastic Z, Washington Hall, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival; and regionally at Harvard Radcliffe Summer Theater/American Repertory Theater (MA), One Theatre World/Cleveland PlayhouseSquare (OH), Perseverance Theatre (AK), Independent Actors Theatre (MO), North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NY), Explora Theater (NM), Moonlit Wings Productions, (VA), and Virginia Theatre (IL). A member of the ArtsWA Teaching Artist and Creative Advantage Arts Partner rosters, she works as a master teaching artist for Bringing Theatre into the Classroom, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Arts Impact, and A Contemporary Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturg and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in France. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. A member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Playwright. Her play Black Like Us (Original Works Publishing) received the 2014 Gregory Award for Best New Play, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including Top World Premiere, and was a 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee.