Rachel Kempf, M.F.A. | Faculty

International American University

M.F.A. in Screenwriting; University of Texas; Austin, TX
M.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO
B.A. in English; Truman State University; Kirksville, MO

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Rachel Kempf earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Truman State University and holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to Los Angeles in 2015, she developed an understanding of the special challenges ESL students face while working as a teacher and administrator at POLY Languages Academy. She also serves on the Children’s Education Committee at her Quaker meeting, where she teaches First Day School. In addition to her work as an educator, she has ten years’ experience as an editor, writing tutor, and technical writer.

Rachel’s plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities across the U.S., and her short films have won both national and international acclaim. She is also an essayist whose writing has been included in Random House’s 2006 anthology, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. As a writer, she understands that the writing process can be scary and frustrating, but she hopes to create an environment where students are comfortable expressing themselves and excited to use their critical thought, creativity, and knowledge to help each other improve.