Mission and History

Ripe Time develops and presents new ensemble-based performance works infused with rich language, visual power and physical rigor.


Ripe Time, is an Obie-winning theatre company founded in 2000 and led by director and deviser Rachel Dickstein. Our collective of affiliated artists develops and presents ensemble-based theatre with rich language, visual power, and physical rigor. We tell stories from the inside out, using the language of memory and imagination to trace how women negotiate identity in the face of cultural constrictions. Inspired by the most searing writing of the past and the politics of the future, we create original multidisciplinary events for the 21st century celebrating the dreams and awakenings of women-identifying change-makers.



Since 2000, Ripe Time has created seven large-scale ensemble works that have received three Obie Awards and nominations from the Drama Desk, the Drama League and the Joe A. Calloway Award for outstanding direction. Our work has been commissioned by BAM, CTG, Annenberg Center for the Arts and presented at BAM-Fisher, the Baruch Performing Arts Center, The JCC in Manhattan, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Ohio Theatre, PS 122, the Clark Studio at Lincoln Center, and LaMaMa, ETC, Ko Festival, Voice and Vision, and Watermill. Designs from two of our productions will be featured in the 2015 USITT Prague Quadrennial, an international exhibit featuring excellence in design from across the globe. Artistic Director Rachel Dickstein received the 2015 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award in honor of her work with Ripe Time.


The company devotes two to three years to the development of each piece, mounting research and development workshops, residencies, and staged workshops in preparation for the full production. Core to the development of our work is ensemble creation in which company members use improvisation of character, theme, and composition to develop the vocabulary of the work. Our designers are key members of this process, developing design ideas throughout the workshop process.




Shape Shifting is an annual salon that exemplifies Ripe Time's longstanding interest in creating a dialogue around issues of adaptation with other vital contemporary artists who approach this challenge in different ways. The salon series was launched in 2008 at New Dramatists and has continued in collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop and the JCC in Manhattan. Artists who have participated include Sarah Ruhl, Taylor Mac, Kia Corthron, Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, Molly Rice, Brian Doerries, Ellen McLaughlin, Caridad Svich, Chiori Miyagawa and many others. Conceived by Rachel Dickstein and Emily Morse, New Dramatists' Director of Artistic Development.