Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist, theatre-maker, cultural producer, educator and community organizer working nationally in both the USA and the UK. With a focus on performance and social practice, her current work uses ceramics, weaving, painting and plants to create sites for live and imagined exchange.
Recent shows include Gentle and Kind Things (California College of the Arts), On Borders and Boundaries, (Hubbell Street Galleries, SF), Museum of Our Forgotten Selves (Cambridge/Coventry, UK), Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up and Be Here Now (Aurora Theatre, Atlanta), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (7Stages, Atlanta), Opera in the Shower (Works on Water, NYC and Art on the Beltline, Atlanta), and The Drum Major Project (city-wide, Atlanta).
Based in London from 2003-2015, Rachel is founding Artistic Director of Firehouse Creative Productions and has worked across the theatre sector in the UK. More recently in Atlanta, there she served as Artistic Director of the Little Five Arts Alive Creative Placemaking initiative, initiated and ran the city-wide civic arts project, The Drum Major Project, and served on the Charting Board of the Little Five Points Alliance. In the UK she is collaborating with arts and research partners to develop an interactive audio-adventure animating the inner life of infants for adult audiences. Recent Artist-in-Residencies include at Duke University (where she conducted a year-long exploration of the multifaceted role of Failure in society, culminating in an interactive outdoor installation) and a multi-year collaboration with the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team developing arts-based compassion training for law enforcement through CUNY’s Dispute Resolution Center.
Rachel trained in the UK on the National Theatre Studio Director’s Course, and received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama. In the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama ETC and the SITI Company, is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is currently an MFA candidate in Fine Art at California College of the Arts.