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Rachel Dickstein

Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance

Co-Chair of BA Program in Theatre and Performance

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

Her work includes the critically acclaimed Sleep, based on Haruki Murakami and created with Naomi Iizuka (BAM Next Wave Festival, Yale Rep No Boundaries, Annenberg Center/Penn), The World is Round, based on Gertrude Stein and created with Heather Christian (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 made her LA Opera directing debut in 2017 with Thumbprint, an opera by Kamala Sankaram (previously staged with BMP’s Prototype.) Upcoming work includes: Desire by Hannah Lash at the Miller Theatre at Columbia, and Obasute by Garrett Fisher and Ellen McLaughlin at Prototype 2020. Sleep will be a featured production in the USITT exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019.

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
  • Adapting Virginia Woolf
  • Performance Practicum