Rinne Groff is an American playwright and performer.
A founding member of Elevator Repair Service Theater Company, she has been a part of the writing, staging, and performing of their shows since the company’s inception in 1991. She is at work on a commission from The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
With playwright/lyricist John Dempsey and composer Michael Friedman, Groff co-wrote the book and lyrics for the stage musical adaptation of the movie Saved!. Her play Compulsion opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater on February 1, 2011, starring Mandy Patinkin and directed by Oskar Eustis. The play had previously played at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, both in 2010.
- Recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Award
- Recipient of a 2005 Whiting Award for drama
- Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2002-03 for her play Orange Lemon Egg Canary
- Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony in 2005.
- Inky (Clubbed Thumb and Salt Theater, 2000)
- The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem (Target Margin Theater, 2000)
- Jimmy Carter was a Democrat (produced at Clubbed Thumb and P.S. 122, 2002)
- Orange Lemon Egg Canary (Actors Theater of Louisville, 2003)
- You Never Know (co-writer with Charles Strouse) (Trinity Rep, 2005)
- Molière Impromptu (Trinity Rep, 2005)
- The Ruby Sunrise (Public Theater, November 2005, directed by Oskar Eustis)
- What Then (Clubbed Thumb, 2006)
- Compulsion (2010, Yale Repertory Theatre, 2010)
- 77% (San Francisco Playhouse, 2014)
- Fire in Dreamland (Public Theater, 2018)
- Bios of 2005 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9-20-06
- Greene, Alexis (June 3, 2008). "Theater Review: Saved". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2010.[dead link]
- Hetrick, Adam."Anne Frank Haunts Mandy Patinkin in Compulsion, Starting Feb. 1 at the Public Theater" Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, February 1, 2011
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Rinne Groff
- Bon, Deron (April 2005). "In Dialogue: Framing Rinne Groff". The Brooklyn Rail.
- Shim, Eileen (February 2, 2010). "'Compulsion' presents a new side of the Anne Frank story". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
- Holdren, Sara (July 16, 2018). "Theater Review: Jump Cuts and Auteur Wannabes, in Fire in Dreamland". New York. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
- Profile and Production History at The Whiting Foundation
- Rinne Groff bio and play listing on Playscripts, Inc.