Rachel Edwards Harvith
Rachel has worked as a director, actor, literary manager, and dramaturg. The constant? A passion for new play development. For Mortar, she directed I Am Montana, Under America and Bombs, Babes and Bingo. Other Chicago-area directing credits include Our Kind of Violence (Stage Left, LeapFest), The Body Snatcher and The Blue Hotel (City Lit Theater Company, Art of Adaptation Festival), Historic Election (American Theatre Company, Silver Project), Chiaroscuro: A Study in Shadow (Bailiwick Repertory) and Moonlight and Magnolias (Riverfront Theatre), as well as numerous staged readings and workshops with such companies as Chicago Dramatists, American Blues Theatre, Teatro Luna and Bailiwick Chicago. Outside of Chicago, Harvith has directed for Iowa Summer Rep, Syracuse Stage, Hedgerow Theatre and Dreamwell Theatre, among others; she has also served as an interim literary manager for Long Wharf Theatre and Syracuse Stage. A company member of Mortar Theatre Company and an associate artist at Chicago Dramatists, Harvith has a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa.