Identity: 801 Creative Women; Mapping Literary Utah; Writer
Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. Born in Oxnard, California on April 5, 1984, she grew up further south, in San Diego. She began her work in theater as an actor, and moved to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University for a Bachelor’s degree in performance. Spending more than a decade in the Bay Area, Rachel transitioned to writing plays, returning to SFSU for an MFA and MA. It was during this time Rachel was a resident playwright for PlayGround, and was awarded the June Anne Baker Prize for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016 with her family.
Rachel founded the 31 Plays in 31 Days Challenge, and co-founded the Loud & Unladylike Festival. She’s served twice as the guest artist for Kennedy Center ACTF Conferences, and has taught acting and other theater courses at Weber State University. She was a fellow for the 2015 Black List Screenplay Lab in San Francisco, and served as the Bay Area Youth Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild for two years.
Her full-length play, Ripped, had its World Premiere with Z Space in San Francisco, directed by Lisa Steindler. Ripped was developed around the country with readings at the Problematic Play Festival, San Francisco Playhouse, Athena Theatre Company, Wyoming Theater Festival, and the Road Theatre Company. Ripped won the 2018 Detroit New Works Festival, and the production at Z Space received seven nomination in the 2019 Theatre Bay Area Awards, including Outstanding World Premiere Play.
In her move to Salt Lake, Rachel found a wealth of new theaters and artists to collaborate with. In Salt Lake she’s received multiple readings with Salt Lake Acting Company (Ripped and Burst) and joined the Plan-B Lab. In Park City, Rachel’s had three commissioned works from the Egyptian You Theatre; Cheerleaders VS. Aliens (a sci-fi comedy directed by Alicia Washington, World Premiere in 2018), The Night Witches, (directed by Alexandra Harbold, World Premiere in 2019, at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival to a sold out run, a remount is planned for Spring 2020 in Park City), and The Summer I Howled (a horror comedy, to be directed by Jamie Wilcox, World Premiere in October 2020). Rachel has also had the pleasure of working in Ogden at Good Company Theatre where the Utah Premiere of Ripped took place. Plan-B Theatre will tour Rachel’s play Presenting: Super Cat & Reptile Robot In The Tremendous Tickle Trouble for their 2019/2020 Elementary School Tour. In Cedar City, at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Rachel had the pleasure of having the first public reading of her full-length environmental thriller Burst.
Rachel has published plays with Pioneer Drama Service (Cheerleaders VS. Aliens), Eldridge Plays & Musicals (Much Ado About Mathletes), YouthPLAYS (Cleaver Catherine, No Talking Allowed!, and The Elves),and PlayGround Publishing (Reading Babar in 2070). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her two viking-like children.