Rachel’s writing is driven by her love for the humanities and by her experience as a
military attorney in the US Army (eight years active, four years reserve). Her
writing frequently addresses questions of war, discrimination, history, and family.
She’s a fan of the Oxford comma.
In October 2021, Rachel’s one-act musical Soar debuted at Firehouse Theatre in
Richmond, Virginia with the inaugural War in Pieces theatre festival. Soar begins
with an airborne operation gone awry and examines conflicting demands of career,
home life, and endless war. War in Pieces was nominated for Best Original Work
by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle for the 2021-2022 season.
Following a National Endowment for the Arts-supported fellowship for US
military veterans, Rachel wrote the book and lyrics for Jump Baby, a full-length
musical based on Soar. In January 2023, Jump Baby debuted at The Lynn Theatre
in Midlothian, Virginia to the delight of theatre critics and audiences alike. The
script is currently under revision for future production. Other projects include the
publication of two poems in an upcoming anthology by Longleaf Press and the
construction of a new musical, a story of patriots and power during World War I.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Seattle University
School of Law, The US Army Judge Advocate Officer Basic and Advanced
courses, and the US Army Airborne School. She’s a member of the Dramatists
Guild and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her
husband Adam, also an Army veteran, and their children.