Manteuffel, Rachel

Rachel Manteuffel



Manteuffel's first professional show in DC was a project with Ryan Taylor in Maggie Cronin's one-woman show, A Most Notorious Woman, for Capital Fringe 2007 (dir Cecilia Cackley). Since then she's worked with the Rogues under Taylor's direction three times, as the prostitute Mille in Ella Hickson's Eight, as well as in The Teacher's Lounge, or One Child Left Behind and Busted Jesus Comix. She's also worked with Rorschach (Klecksography), Active Cultures (The Resurrectionist King, dir Tom Prewitt), Doorway Arts Ensemble (Morning, Miranda, dir Matt Ripa) and Wit's End Puppets. In last year's Fringe she was well-received in the sold-out Recovery, directed by Michael Burgtorf. Jennifer Mendenhall directed her in a short play of Alexandra Petri's, I go, and she is proud to have read for The Campsite Rule in the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival.

As a writer, Manteuffel had her first story published in The Washington Post at age 21 and has since written for Arts, Style and the Magazine. For the editorial department, where she has worked for five years, she broke the story of the misquotation on Martin Luther King's memorial before the memorial's opening ceremony, and led the charge (with Maya Angelou and Stephen Colbert) on getting the quote fixed. She contributed reporting to Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer-winning Pearls Before Breakfast. Memorable stories include a Washington Post Magazine essay about the dubious endowment of having large breasts ("Getting an F in Biology," 2006), and accidentally giving thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee (printed in the 2008 inauguration issue). She won the prestigious 2013 Livingston Award for National Reporting (Judges included Ken Auletta and Charlie Gibson) for a story in Washingtonian Magazine on the objects people leave at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the man who keeps them. Her most recent story for the Post Magazine, "The Keeper," about the retirement of a beloved zookeeper at the National Zoo,was read into the Congressional Record by Senator Pat Leahy.