Hello, and welcome to my website! My name’s Rachelle Ferguson, and I’m a playwright based in southern Illinois. I believe in the power of drama to show us who we are and who we could be, and my hope and passion for my plays is that they would “hold the mirror up to nature,” to quote Hamlet. My scripts are designed for use in churches, schools, co-ops, camps, and families. I hold a bachelor of arts in English and classical studies from Hillsdale College.
That’s the short version. If you’re a hardy soul and want the long version, keep reading!
To her own surprise, my amazing mother homeschooled me until I left for college at age seventeen. I grew up on a variety of curricula blending traditional and classical methods, and in the evenings my dad read aloud from the Chronicles of Narnia or the Sugar Greek Gang (his Poetry voice was the best thing ever). In both my studies and my free time, I always found myself fascinated by story. In high school, I studied writing through One Year Adventure Novel, the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and HSLDA Online Academy. Meanwhile I spent most of my spare hours writing stories about elves, knights, and teenage detectives and reading Shakespeare and G. K. Chesterton.
In 2013, I left for the wilderland of snowy Michigan to attend Hillsdale College, majoring in English and classical studies. During my time there I tutored in the college’s Writing Center, wrote for External Affairs, and worked as an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Patricia Bart in her work on the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. I also served on the editorial board of the college’s student literary publication, The Tower Light, and from the English department I received several awards for my poetry, prose, and academic writing.
By 2015, I had also written half a dozen plays. That summer, as a college junior, I founded my script-publishing company, Kittywham Productions, and launched this website. Since graduating from Hillsdale in 2017, I’ve become a full-time playwright, and in my spare hours I privately teach Latin and literature. Meanwhile I blog weekly, sharing news about my dramas and offering my simple thoughts on acting, writing, reading, and living. (For a bit of background on how I started writing play scripts, check out my post How It Began.)
If you’re interested in learning more about me and my family, you can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, or take a look at my parents’ websites. My mom has blogged for a number of years at Glimpses of Our World, where she shares family experiences and discusses faith, friendship, education, and much more; she also sells her original string ensemble arrangements through her website Laura’s Music. My dad blogs at Liberty Morality Faith, and he offers a storehouse of wisdom and other resources at his business site, The Estate Planning Center. My sister LaRae is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Classical Languages and Literature at University College, University of Oxford, England, and she blogs at Like a Pleasant Thought.