Rachel Sheinkin is a playwright who also writes book and lyrics for musical theater. Collaborative projects have included The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Broadway: Tony award, Drama Desk award, book of a musical); Striking 12 (Off Broadway: Lucille Lortel nomination, outstanding musical); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation award, world premiere musical); Little House on the Prairie (national tour); Blood Drive (Eugene O’Neill residency); Serenade (Baryshnikov Arts Center fellowship). She is currently working with William Finn to reshape librettos to his musicals Romance in Hard Times and Royal Family (Barrington Stage). In addition, she is back at work with her Cycle 10 GMTWP collaborator Nils Olaf Dolven on a new experimental musical drama. But then it’s all one big experiment. A lifelong student, she is one of those people who fantasize that if they won the lottery they’d go back to school—then realize they’ve kind of lived that way anyway. Before receiving a Dean’s Fellowship to explore collaborative musical writing at Tisch, Rachel studied playwriting with Paula Vogel at Brown University and received an MFA from Yale School of Drama. She was a visiting instructor of libretto writing for musical theater at Yale/Yale School of Drama through the Ted Shen Curriculum, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program since 2002. Rachel is a volunteer tutor for the TASC high school equivalency exam, and a member of Dramatists Guild. We all won the lottery.