Rachel Sheinkin

Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1996
Rachel Sheinkin is a playwright who also writes books 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. 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 M.F.A. 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.


Phi Beta

Rachel Sheinkin worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built from 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is very simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is a…

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