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Rachel Jendrzejewski, May 1, 2012

Rachel Jendrzejewski (yen-shzay-EFF-skee) is an interdisciplinary artist, currently based in Minneapolis as a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. She has written, performed and otherwise collaborated on performance, film, music, and public art projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her plays and performance works have been developed or produced by Padua Playwrights/ArtShare L.A., The Playwrights’ Center, Playwrights’ Horizons, American Repertory Theater’s New Voices Series, Rhode Island School of Design, Pell Chafee Performance Center, Granoff Center for Creative Arts, Theater Masters/Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, the Conflux Festival, and the Listening LabOratory. Her writing has appeared in Orange Quarterly, The Brown Literary Review, Back Stage, The Arts District Citizen (now Citizen L.A.), The Family Press (Existential Media), and Urban Honking. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Erik Ehn and Lisa D’Amour.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (300.3 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 53.6 MB).

Rachel Jendrzejewski organized a staged reading of Erik Ehn’s play “What a Stranger May Know” at Macalester College on April 16, 2012. It is an exploration of the question of space for civic mourning, prompted by the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

As a performer, Jendrzejewski has appeared in a wide range of mediums, from performance art and multimedia installation to musical theatre and film. In addition to workshops with Big Dance Theater, Teatr Zar, Augusto Boal, Zvika Serper and others, she has trained in the Meisner technique with Bill Alderson and holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Azusa Pacific University.

Rachel has worked administratively with Cornerstone Theater Company and Padua Playwrights in Los Angeles since 2004 and 2007, respectively; and from 2008-2009, she lived in Wroclaw, Poland as Assistant Coordinator of the UNESCO-declared Grotowski Year 2009 through the Grotowski Institute. She also has served as a production intern for Dear Conjunction Theatre Company in Paris, France. She continues to freelance in arts administration with a variety of organizations and independent artists.

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