Who We Are

The Rachel Lynett Theatre Company keeps a small permanent staff and works with a company of actors, directors, designers, and other theatre artists.

Rachel Lynett, Artistic Director

Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright, director, and teaching artist. All of her plays are dark comedies that center on queer people of color and how they attempt to navigate through the various complexities of their existence. Her plays have been featured at Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Lab, Theatre Prometheus, Florida Studio Theatre, Laughing Pig Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Teatro Espejo, the Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Theatresquared, Equity Library Theatre, Chicago, Talk Back Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Honors include Kilroys Honorable Mention in 2017, Arkansas Arts’ Council Individual Artist Award in 2018, recipient of Artist 360 grant in 2020. Her directing credits include Sonnets for an Old Century by Jose Rivera (self-produced, 2010), Anna Bella Eema by Lisa D’Amour (Northwest Arkansas Community College, 2018), Pride @ Prejudice by Daniel Kramer (Northwest Arkansas Community College, 2016), and several of her own plays.

Rachel identifies as a queer, nonbinary woman of color. Pronouns are she/her or they/them.

Whitney Wasson, Director of Marketing

Whitney Wasson is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian, illustrator, and writer. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2014, with a BA in Theater with an emphasis on Playwriting. A nationally-touring comedian and comedy producer, she has performed at dozens of comedy festivals across the country and her shows have received positive mentions in Chicago Reader, Redeye Chicago, Rebellious Magazine for Women, Scapi Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She formerly served as the Marketing Associate for American Theater Company in Chicago. She publishes the weekly webcomic, Sober Rabbit.

Whitney Wasson is queer and non-binary. Pronouns are they/them.

Sharai Bohannon, Director of Production

Sharai Bohannon is a playwright who has had work produced in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and London, England. In addition to writing plays Sharai is also a film and pop culture critic for various online magazines including The Everygirl and Book and Film Globe, and her own Medium page. When not writing, Sharai fills her time working in various front of house positions and as a freelance stage manager. Her most recent stage management credits include Victory Gardens Theatre, The Goodman, Black Ensemble Theatre, and The Public House Theatre. She currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

Sharai Bohannon’s pronouns are she/her.

Interested in working us?

We are currently looking for someone to help us with development to help grow the company. If you’re interested, email Rachel Lynett at rachel.lynett@gmail.com

We are always looking for stage managers, actors, directors, and designers. If you’d like to work with us, email rachel.lynett@gmail.com.

The Board of Directors

Vickie Washington

NaTosha DeVon

Alex Dauphin