The Sleep Out is a profoundly inspiring 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 people and empower them 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 Are At The Gates.
I know that the world feels like a scary place right now and it can be hard to focus our time, energy and privilege to make an impact. But no matter what makes the news headlines today, the national crisis of youth homelessness endures. These young people prove that the next generation is powerful, resilient, and ready to lead us into the future. Now more than ever we have to invest in these young men and women. It's a privilege to do good for them.
Rachel Sussman is a New York-based creative 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 and currently works as a Producer for Audible's Theater division. From 2016-2018, she served 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 is currently represented on Broadway by Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (Tony nom, Pulitzer finalist). Other independent producing credits include: the OBIE Award-winning Off-Broadway production of The Woodsman (New World Stages/59E59); Eh Dah? Questions For My Father (Next Door at NYTW); and The Rug Dealer (WP Pipeline Festival). She has also 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.
A former Women's Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, Rachel is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute and a University Honors Scholar alumna of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2019 Geraldine Stutz T. Fellowship in Creative Producing, founded by Hal Prince in conjunction with Columbia University. www.rachel-sussman.com
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