Rachel is a performance maker, cultural producer, and community organizer. She works nationally in both the USA and the UK with a focus on developing new performance for stage and public spaces. Her approach is collaborative, her aesthetic is light and flexible with a close attention to visual design and productions often incorporate original live music and rich choreography as narrative vehicles. Building her work in whatever location and with whatever media are best suited for the endeavor, she creates multilayered participatory experiences that explore the terrain between different modes of communication, presence and absence, truth and fiction, audience and maker, empathy and reciprocity, the fluidity of memory, and concepts of identity. The work creates spaces for active interrogation; rather than attempting answers, it aims to provoke questioning. This questioning is at the heart of the art: a dialogic practice encompassing both process and product.
Currently, Rachel is Artistic Director of the Little Five Arts Alive Creative Placemaking initiative for Horizon Theatre, serves on the Charting Board of the Little Five Points Alliance as well as on the Arts Advocacy Committee for C4 Atlanta. 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. In NYC she is finalizing a multi-year project as Resident Artist at CUNY’s Dispute Resolution Centre working with members of the New York Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team to develop an arts-based compassion-training course for police officers, with a book forthcoming in 2019. Recent productions include 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), Museum of Our Forgotten Selves (Cambridge/Coventry, UK), The Drum Major Project (city-wide, Atlanta).
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, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.