Rachel Peters

Composer/librettist Rachel Peters holds a double B.A. summa cum laude in Music and Theatre from Brandeis University, where she studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winner David Rakowski and choreography with Susan Dibble, and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Her operas include The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Royce Vavrek (Center for Contemporary Opera, Hartford Opera Theater), Monkey Do (Rhymes With Opera), and an adaptation of Arthur Phillips’s Companionship (American Opera Projects, Manhattan School of Music). Musicals include Only Children with Michael R. Jackson (NYU Tisch Mainstage, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Dixon Place), Tiny Feats of Cowardice with Susan Bernfield (NYC Fringe Festival, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Write Left with John Walch (Playwrights Horizons Theatre School), Tomato Red (UC Irvine, Playroom Theater), Octopus Heart (NYU Steinhardt), f2m with Michelle Elliott, and Public Domain. She has scored many plays including the critically acclaimed Stretch (a fantasia) (Living Theatre) and Tania in the Getaway Van (Huntington Theatre) by Susan Bernfield, What God Hath Wrought: A Transatlantic Farce by John Walch (Arkansas Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Bacchae (Asolo Rep Conservatory), and Veritas (NYC Fringe Festival) by Stan Richardson. Concert works include song cycle Jack’s Vocabulary (Hartt SPASM, Make Music NY), mini- cantata I Live Here (Galapagos Art Space), Canon I for soprano, piano, electric guitar, and photocopier (Two Sides Sounding/Tenri Cultural Institute), And Then for women’s chorus (BayPath College), and Fronds: The Wisdom of Fanny Fern (Walt Whitman Project). Her art songs and cabaret songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, Second Stage, The National Opera Center, Symphony Space, NYMF, Ars Nova, and cabarets nationwide. She is a contributing composer to The AIDS Quilt Songbook. Rachel is a Composer in Residence of The Coterie, a recipient of Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and multiple ASCAPlus awards, a MAC Wallowitch Award finalist, a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, a proud alumna of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio and American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice, and a three-time fellow at the John Duffy Composers Institute. Her work has repeatedly been described as “jarring” and “inventive” by the press. Rachel lives in Brooklyn.