Erin Rachel Kaplan is an actor, teaching artist, workshop facilitator, playwright, activist and poet currently living in Brooklyn. She holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan's Residential College in drama, English literature and political science and a master's degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities, with a focus in Applied Theatre from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Develpment. Kaplan is currently working as a master teaching artist for various theatres, community centers, schools and arts-in-education organizations in New York City and New Jersey. In the fall of 2011 she began work on her Ph.D. in theatre, with a certification in Women's and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. Her research interests include Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, feminist human rights theatre and Shakespeare.