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Rachel Dickstein

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance

Rachel Dickstein is a award-winning director, writer, and producer of movement-based theatre, and serves as artistic director of Ripe Time, a nonprofit theatre company devoted to the creation and production of ensemble-based adaptations from literature.

Her work includes the critically acclaimed The World is Round, based on Gertrude Stein (BAM-Fisher, 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 nominations); and In What Language? by MacArthur Award winning composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd (Asia Society, PICA, REDCAT.) Rachel will make her LA Opera directing debut in June 2017 with Thumbprint, an opera by Kamala Sankaram (previously staged with BMP’s Prototype.)

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, Complicite, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Ping Chong, and Martha Clark and previously taught at Fordham and Lincoln Center Education. She first joined the theatre and performance faculty at Purchase College in 2011–12 as a visiting assistant professor.

Representative Courses

  • Directing I
  • Ensemble Creation
  • Collaborative Directing and Devising
  • Directing Chekhov
  • Junior Seminar
  • Adapting Literature

Exhibitions / Performances

Upcoming: LA Opera, Thumbprint, by Kamal Sankaram, West Coast Premiere, June 2017

Annenberg Center at Penn, Sleep, (World Premiere) adapted from Murakami by Naomi Iizuka, October 2017