Rachel Sheinkin, a Drama Desk and Tony Award winning librettist, is interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries of what musical theater can be. She is best known as one of the writers of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other productions include Striking 12, with and for the band GrooveLily (off Broadway Lucille Lortel nomination, outstanding musical); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter; NAMT; Deaf West/CTG: LA Ovation award, world premiere musical). Rachel wrote lyrics and book for Blood Drive, with music by Tisch’s Joel Derfner (Bridewell Theatre, London) and for Serenade, with music by her Cycle 10 thesis collaborator Nils Olaf Dolven (Jaradoa Theater, NYC). Recently she has been working with William Finn at Barrington Stage Company to revisit shows from Finn’s oeuvre and to bring them to new audiences. Rachel has received fellowships and residencies from, among others, The Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, MacDowell Colony, and The Baryshnikov Arts Foundation. She is a member of the Clubbed Thumb Writers’ Group, returning to her roots in playwriting and to the downtown company that produced one of her first plays in New York City. Prior to Tisch, she earned her MFA at Yale School of Drama and an AB at Brown University, where as an undergraduate she studied playwriting with Paula Vogel and met frequent collaborator Donna Di Novelli. For several years Rachel taught libretto writing for musical theater at Yale/Yale School of Drama, and she has been a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program since 2002. She finds particular pleasure in supporting new voices in musical theater.