FRANCIS RABKIN
April 2012

Brooklyn, NY – “I am a playwright and poet from Chicago, living in Brooklyn. I studied at Wesleyan University with the poet Elizabeth Willis. In 2008, I graduated with high honors in English, and was awarded the Dorchester Prize for the best English department thesis and the Wesleyan Student Poet Award. In 2004, I founded a youth theater company in Chicago, The Backyard Theater. Each summer I wrote and/or directed an original play with the company, comprised of high school and college-aged artists. The plays were produced through micro-fundraising, incorporated original live music, shadow puppetry, and were staged in nontraditional site-specific venues like backyards and a gymnastics studio. After four summers dedicated to the Backyard theater, I moved to Philadelphia where I directed a production of \”Collecting Dust\” at a warehouse arts space, Cha-Cha ’Razzi in 2009. In 2010, I moved to Brooklyn to pursue theater in earnest and to participate in a creative queer community. I have attended residencies at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program (where I was awarded the Aimee Grunberger Memorial Award) in 2009, and The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, in the spring of 2011. For my acting debut, I appeared as “Dust” in Casey Llewellyn’s play \”The Quiet Way\” at Dixon Place as part of the 2011 HOT Festival.

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