Literary Consultant - New Play Development/New American Voices
Rachel Greene is a Literary Consultant for Houston's Shabach Enterprises' Fade To Black which produces national play and monologue festivals showcasing new work by African American playwrights. She is a National Advisory Board Member of 50 Playwrights Project which supports Latin@x playwrights by creating digital resources, disseminating research, and supporting new play development. Formerly, Rachel founded MonologueBank, a 4-year online experiment dedicated to injecting more new work, reflecting the full spectrum of humanity, into the audition room. She held many positions at The Playwrights’ Center (PWC) in Minneapolis. As US-Japan Playwright Exchange Liaison between PWC and Arts Network Japan, she documented American playwrights’ experiences, their rehearsal processes, and created blogs about the translated staged readings of their work at the Tokyo International Arts Festival. As New Plays on Campus Coordinator, Rachel administered the New Plays on Campus Program (NPOC), which connected living playwrights with university theatre departments across the US and provided professional enrichment experiences for university playwriting and dramaturgy students at the Center. Through NPOC, she managed multiple partnerships including those with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. As the Project Manager for PWC’s PlayLabs Festival, which brought dozens of playwrights to the Center from all over the world, she coordinated all aspects of this annual event. As Special Programs Manager, she coordinated the Center’s daily operations, numerous playwright workshops, events and granting programs.
Rachel began her professional theatre career at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) as Theater Education Department Registrar/Project Discovery Assistant. She continued on as Artistic Administrator and Local Casting Director during Artistic Director Richard Hamburger’s tenure. On top of her regular duties, she co-produced DTC’s Fresh Ink Staged Reading Series and taught audition workshops. Additionally, she served as Casting Director for various projects produced by Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Project X of Dallas, and Stage West of Fort Worth. She conducted the Dallas Casting for Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater, a PBS-KERA documentary. Rachel graduated with a BFA in Acting/Directing and a BA in Spanish from Texas Tech University. She is a proud member of The Playwrights' Center and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). In addition to her theatre life, she lived in Tokyo, Japan for seven years, learned Japanese and taught private English lessons. Her passions include new work development, the cultivation of the living artist, and the exploration of intercultural communication.