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Rachel Kunstadt

Rachel fell in love with theatre at age 10, when she saw Bernadette Peters in "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway and learned that there truly is no business like show business. Growing up in Westchester County, NY, Rachel's involvement in theatre varied in middle school and high school, performing in school and camp shows, writing, directing, and more. She moved to New York City to attend NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she designed the concentration Musical Theatre & The American Dream and studied under the artistic directors of Fiasco Theater Company. During her academic career, she discovered lyric writing and went on to earn her MFA from NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, followed by studying at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. In 2012, the summer before her first year of graduate school, Rachel produced her first cabaret - a benefit concert for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. A month later, she co-founded LezCab, a non-profit cabaret company devoted to creating a meaningful representation of queer women in order to foster equality and community. Since moving to NYC, Rachel has held positions at The Public Theater, Elevator Repair Service, and The York Theatre Company. She continues to write and produce theatre throught NYC, in venues such as Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Le Poisson Rouge, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, Dixon Place, The Gene Frankel Theatre, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, and The Stonewall Inn. She resides in Manhattan with her shih tzu, Bernie.