Why I'm Sleeping Out
The Sleep Out is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring and purposeful events I participate in each year. I am proud to be returning for my fifth Sleep Out with Covenant House, a critical organization that works tirelessly to amplify the voices of courageous young men and women and empowers them to move beyond their circumstances to realize their potential. I am sleeping out because these young people ARE the future and they deserve every opportunity for success. Every donation helps!
Rachel Sussman is a New York-based producer committed to nurturing accessible, inclusive work through creative collaboration. She is the co-founder of The MITTEN Lab, an emerging theatre artist residency program in her native state of Michigan as well as The Indigo Theatre Project, a company of passion and purpose dedicated to presenting play readings that benefit thematically related non-profit organizations. She also serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).
Rachel has worked with such companies as Second Stage Theatre, 321 Theatrical Management, RKO Stage Productions, Goodspeed Musicals' Mercer Colony, The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center's American Songbook, The Tony Awards, and CREATE-Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. She has been involved in various capacities on the Broadway productions of Wicked, Peter and the Starcatcher, Doctor Zhivago, and Big Fish, as well as the off-Broadway production of Les 7 doigts de la main's Traces. Recent independent producing credits include the OBIE Award-winning Off-Broadway production of The Woodsman (New World Stages/59E59), The Rug Dealer (Pipeline Festival, 2016 Kilroys List), and Don't You F**king Say a Word (59E59).
Rachel is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a 2014-2016 Women's Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and sits on the Advisory Board for Strangemen & Co. and The Musical Theatre Factory. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute (Fred Vogel Scholarship) and a University Scholar alumna of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
You can find Rachel's website at www.rachel-sussman.com, and follow her on twitter @rachsuss.