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12th May 2016 Verity Sanderson

Rachel Grossman
Ensemble Director
dog & pony dc

Rachel Grossman (she/her) likes beets, brussel sprouts, bourbon, infographics, action movies, and well-facilitated discussions. She is an artist, engagement-strategist, producer, and facilitator. As a theatre-maker, Rachel creates work that entwines the audience’s experience with the play’s narrative, creating shows that feel interactive even when audience chose to “watch” rather than “do”.

At present, Rachel’s working as an executive producer with the JUBILEE, a yearlong national theatre festival (2020/2021) in the U.S. that celebrates and supports work generated by women, people of color, Native American artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, Deaf artists, and artists with disabilities. She’s also an initiator and advocate for the HowlRound Challenge convening “Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session.” Rachel is the Ensemble Director and a co-founder of dog & pony dc, with whom she’s co-created nearly 20 new plays and interactive experiences. Rachel is responsible for launching Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s “connectivity” initiative and served as the first Connectivity Director.

Prior to that she was the Director of Education & Outreach at Round House Theatre, and managed education and community programming at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, and CENTERSTAGE. Rachel is a three-time recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Artist Fellowship grant and received an individual artist project grant in support of her project NICE & LILY, a play for young children and their adult companions about diversity, identity, and talking about race. In her spare time, Rachel practices yoga, hikes, reads non-fiction books, and streams crap television about supernatural phenomenon.