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Molly Rice

Molly is a playwright/ songwriter whose work has been developed/ produced in NYC (Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Women’s Project, NYTW, New Georges, 54 Below) and nationally (American Repertory Theater, Montana Rep, Salvage Vanguard, Trinity Rep, Kitchen Dog, City Theater, Perishable Theater, etc.). Her work and articles about her work can be seen in American Theater Magazine, The Dramatist, Dramatics Magazine, Kenyon Review, Play: A Journal, Indie Theater Now, Clarkson Potter Press, Heinemann Press, and various local and national news sources, including the New York Times.

Commissions include NYU/ Tisch MFA Acting Program, New Georges, Montclair University, Kenyon College, Pace University and The Drilling Company. Honors and awards include Brown University’s Weston Prize, Women’s International Theater Festival, Princess Grace Award (finalist), O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (2-time finalist), ATL Heidemann Award (2-time finalist), PONY award (finalist), nominations for the New York Innovative Theater Awards, the Pittsburgh Mayor's Award for Public Art, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (twice) and the Kesselring Fellowship, and selection for two New Works Initiatives with director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; 2019 Tony winner for Hadestown) and composer Orion Johnstone.

Recent productions include Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers (produced in Pittsburgh, showcased at NYC's 54 Below); Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps (book co-writer, additional text and story) at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, 2012) and Soho Rep (NYC, 2015; Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical, 2016); A Doll House (in a Dollhouse), exclusively on Facebook, Dec. 2015; and THE SAINTS TOUR, a site-specific traveling play that has appeared in neighborhoods across the country since 2009. Over the years THE SAINTS TOUR has incorporated the talents of many diverse artists such as MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Rachel Chavkin, and Dave Malloy (all recent Tony nominees); musicians Lady Rizo, Tyrone Cotton, Heather Christian, Rick Burkhardt, Wayne Tucker, and Shanelle Jenkins; celebrated visual artists Vanessa German, Lenka Clayton, and James Simon; and community organizations like the Salvation Army, Grow Pittsburgh, Judson Memorial Church, and Cherry Lane Theater, among others.

Most recently, Molly completed creation of Khūrākī, a city-wide “culinary play” developed in partnership with the Afghan refugee population of Pittsburgh, PA. It was the result of a two-year, NEA-funded commission awarded by Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art. A documentary on the project (here) won a 2020 Golden Quill Award, and was nominated for a 2020 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.

Molly has taught at Brown, Kenyon College, Carnegie Mellon, Pace, Montclair, Marymount Manhattan, and the University of Rhode Island, often co-creating, writing, directing, and/ or producing plays for and with students. She currently teaches and develops curriculum in the Point Park Writing for Screen and Stage MFA program. She is an Artistic Director and founder of the production company RealTime Interventions and a longtime musician/ songwriter. When she was 18 one of her songs made the Top 100 Charts in Alaska. She still doesn’t know what number it was.