Rachel is a freelance theatre director, creating theatre for, and with, a variety of communities and individuals. She is committed to directing and devising theatre which rouses conversation and stimulates social change.
Rachel is also an experienced applied theatre facilitator and playwright, with the ability to create bespoke workshops and experiences for diverse groups. She also regularly facilitates training for students as a role play actor.
She has a first-class honours degree in Performing Arts from The University of Salford and an MA in Applied Theatre from The University of Manchester.
Rachel has directed for drama schools including ALRA & Arden. She has directed studio productions in such venues as Oldham Coliseum Theatre, The Lowry Theatre, Halifax Square Chapel, The Royal Exchange Theatre, 53Two and more. She recently assistant directed main-house productions of Beryl and of Aladdin at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
She has worked with a variety of individuals from a range of communities including; those within the criminal justice system, hard-to-reach young people and adults, refugees, young offenders, victims of domestic violence, neurodivergent young people, looked after young people, young carers, university students, professional actors, school students and more. For several years, she was an associate lecturer at Staffordshire University, and residency supervisor at The University of Manchester.
Rachel regularly works with many fantastic companies in the North West and abroad, including The Lowry Theatre, The Royal Exchange, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Theatre in Prison and Probation, Safe Ground and many more. She was co-founder and artistic director of Fine Comb Theatre from 2013-2022.
Rachel recently emigrated to Boorloo, Perth in Western Australia where she continues her practice as a theatre director, writer and facilitator. She is currently understanding a PhD in Contemporary Theatre Practice as West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).