Associate Arts Professor; Head of Playwriting
Rinne Groff is a playwright and performer. Her plays and musicals, including Fire in Dreamland, 77%, Comfort Inn, Compulsion, The Ruby Sunrise (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Saved (Lucille Lortel nomination and Broadway.com Audience Award), Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, Molière Impromptu, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, What Then, Inky, Seven Supermans, and The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, have been produced by the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Kansas City Rep, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Women’s Project, PS122, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, and Andy's Summer Playhouse, among others in the United States and internationally. She is a founding member of the devised theater company Elevator Repair Service and wrote for Season Two of Showtime’s Weeds. Rinne is a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award grant, a Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award, and two NYSCA Individual Artist grants. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Cape Cod Theater Project, the Orchard Project, the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Australian National Playwrights Conference, the Perry Mansfield New Noises Festival, and the Chautauqua Theater Company. She has a B.A. from Yale College and an M.F.A from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dramatic Writing.