Rachel Gita Karp makes performances to change U.S. politics and public policy. Her current research focuses on reproductive health and rights, gender representation in politics, and protecting the freedom to vote.
She has developed and directed new performances about these topics and more through the Center for Artistic Activism, The Drama League, Clubbed Thumb, Irondale, Mabou Mines, Ars Nova, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Wild Project, The Brick, The Flea, IRT, Dixon Place, PlayPenn, Anonymous Ensemble, Incubator Arts Project, Women Center Stage, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Barn Arts, Monson Arts, Orchard Project, the Powerhouse and Samuel French Festivals, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chatham University, Columbia University’s graduate and undergraduate schools, and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Associate and assistant directing credits include productions on Broadway, Off-, and regional.
She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon she was a John Wells Directing Fellow, which supported her academics, and a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow, which supported her work in women’s policy research in Washington, D.C.