The Sleep Out is a profoundly moving event I am honored to be a part of each year. I am proud to be returning for my seventh (!) Sleep Out with Covenant House, a vital organization that provides shelter, food, clothing, education, and most importantly, unconditional love to homeless youth. Their superhuman staff work tirelessly to amplify the voices of homeless young men and women and empower these young people to move beyond their circumstances toward a brighter future. I am sleeping out because every young person deserves the opportunity to realize their potential.
The Young People Will Win.
The world is a scary place right now, but if there's one good thing 2019 has taught us so far, it's that the next generation is powerful, resilient, and ready to lead us forward into light. Now more than ever we have to invest in our future, which includes these extraordinary young people. It's a privilege to do good for them.
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. www.rachel-sussman.com
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