Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss

Lecturer, Dramatic Literature; Coordinator, CFA Arts Internship

Dr. Rachel Merrill Moss is a theatre historian, critic, dramaturg, and performer. She recently earned her doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University, with research supported by a 2018-2019 Fulbright fellowship in Poland. Her recent research centers on performances of Jewishness in Poland, looking to the ways in which shifting representations of Jewishness from the interwar period to the post-soviet era engage with changing modes of national identity formation and narratives, politics, and memory work.

As an educator, Dr. Moss has lectured in a range of locations including Chicago, New York City, Edinburgh, Scotland, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Warsaw, Poland. As a practitioner, she served as company and assistant general manager, and producing associate at the Barrow Street Theatre, published nearly 50 New York theatre reviews for Theatre is Easy and NYTheatre.com, produced and reviewed work at multiple Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and worked as a freelance dramaturg for NY-based companies including Young Playwrights, Inc., Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, and America-in-Play. From 2019-2020, Dr. Moss co-devised and performed in the Warsaw-based theatre company Strefa WolnaSłowa’s Azyl Warszawa projects, focusing on the dynamics of Poles and migrant experiences in Poland. In December 2020, she co-created and facilitated Dybuk na stulecie, an online and Warsaw-based centenary celebration in honor of S. Anski’s The Dybbuk, in partnership with Instytut Teatralny.

Dr. Moss has presented her research at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Association for Jewish Studies, and the American and British Associations for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and has been published in the Journal of American Drama and TheatreAJS Review, Culture.pl, and Színház. She is co-editor with Debra Caplan on the forthcoming collection, The Dybbuk Century: The Jewish Play that Possessed the World (University of Michigan Press).