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Rachel Dickstein


An award-winning director, writer, and producer of movement-based theatre, Rachel Dickstein serves as artistic director of Ripe Time, a theatre company devoted to ensemble-based adaptations from literature. Her work includes the critically acclaimed Sleep, based on the book by Haruki Murakami and created with Naomi Iizuka (BAM’s Next Wave Festival); Yale Rep’s NO BOUNDARIES, (Annenberg Center/University of Pennsylvania and the 2019 Prague Quadrennial);The World is Round, based on the book by Gertrude Stein and created with Heather Christian (BAM, Obie Award, Special Citation, finalist for 2014 Richard Rodgers Award); Septimus and Clarissa, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (Joe A. Calloway, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations); and In What Language? by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd (Asia Society, PICA, REDCAT). Dickstein made her LA Opera directing debut in 2017 with Thumbprint by Kamala Sankaram (previously staged with PROTOTYPE). Upcoming work includes Obasute by Garrett Fisher and Ellen McLaughlin at PROTOTYPE in 2020. She has received commissions from BAM, Center Theatre Group, NYSCA, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, P.S. 122, and the NEA/TCG Director’s Fellowship. Dickstein trained with Dell’Arte International, Complicité, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Ping Chong, and Martha Clark. She is currently Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at Purchase College, State University of New York.