Rachel Atkins

Playwright Dramatist

Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices, the educational theatre partner of Theatreworks USA, with whom she has 12 different multi-media shows in ongoing national touring repertory, all focusing on issues of history and social justice, and seen by over 3 million audience members throughout the US and Canada.

Full-length plays include Black Like Us (Annex Theatre/Brownbox Theatre co-production, Seattle), Treadwell Gold (Perseverance Theatre, Alaska), Baalzebub and Frankenstein’s Mary Shelley (Seattle Public Theater), and an updated revision of William Wycherley’s The Country Wife (Theater Schmeater, Seattle). Literary adaptations for Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre include Jane Austen’s Emma (also produced at Harvard Radcliffe Summer Theater in Massachusetts), Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and a variety of children’s literature. Her play for young actors, Cam Jansen & the Mystery of the Missing Eagle, has been seen in Washington, Illinois, and Virginia. Her 10-minute plays This Is Not September 11, Baby Love, Conspiracy Theory, Zoetrope, and Can You Hear the Mermaids Singing? have received multiple productions in New York, Missouri, Ohio, New Mexico and Washington. Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Playwright, and her other work has been produced extensively throughout the Seattle area.

Rachel graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. A member of the ArtsWA Teaching Artist roster and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Arts Partner roster, she works as a master teaching artist for several teacher professional development programs, as well as A Contemporary Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in France.