Director. Dramaturge. Creator.
Originally hailing from Saskatchewan, Rachel is a freelance theatre and opera director and dramaturge. From 2017 to 2020 she was the Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre, where she lead the Citadel's New Play Development initiatives. In June 2017 she won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Direction for her work on "Green Lake", produced by Solo Collective Theatre, which also received a Jessie nomination for Outstanding Production. Rachel recently directed "La Cenerentola" and "The Marriage of Figaro" for Vancouver Opera, "A Christmas Carol" for Gateway Theatre, and "Hyperlink" for the elbow, which was nominated for Critic's Choice in Innovation at the 2018 Jessie Awards. Directorial credits include "Angels in America: Part One" for Studio 58 and "L'Élection" for Théâtre la Seizième. In 2016, Rachel directed "SexyVoices" for Realwheels Theatre (a community-based creation piece) and "Trout Stanley" for Persephone Theatre. Also in 2016 she directed and co-created "Mata Hari" for Single Line Theatre and "Sustainability in an Imaginary World" at UBC. Past projects include:"The Snow Queen" for Regina's Globe Theatre, "Selfie" for Théâtre la Seizième (Jessie Award, Outstanding Artistic Creation - Direction), "Miss Caledonia" for Western Canada Theatre, and "Glengarry Glen Ross" for Classic Chic Productions. Rachel is proud to have directed and dramaturged the world première of Shane Koyczan's opera "Stickboy" for the Vancouver Opera. In 2014 Rachel was Directing Intern at the Shaw Festival where she directed "Rosalind" by JM Barrie for her director's project. Credits also include "The Contest of the Winds" for Caravan Farm Theatre, "Kayak" for Alley Theatre/ Firehall Arts Centre, and "The Little Sweep" for the Belfry Theatre/Pacific Opera Victoria. In 2012 Rachel received the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director and the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Artistic Creation - Direction for "Le portrait Gooble" (Théâtre la Seizième).
Rachel was the co-Artistic Director of Solo Collective Theatre from 2008-2013 for whom she directed "Cool Beans", "Play With Monsters," "After Jerusalem," "The Project," and "The Trolley Car" (Jessie Richardson Award nomination, Outstanding Direction). She spent four years as Resident Stage Director of Dark by Five at Gros Morne Summer Music where she directed and co-created fifteen new interdisciplinary works. Rachel directed "La Cenerentola" for Vancouver Opera in Schools, "Comment devenir parfait" and "Écran de fumée" for Théâtre la Seizième,and led the creation projects "Soul Resource" and "Heptademic" for Studio 58. She was assistant director on "La Bohème" and "Tea: A Mirror of Soul" for Vancouver Opera, on "Wanderlust" and "Camelot" at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and on "The Philanderer", "The Philadelphia Story", and "The Mountaintop" at the Shaw Festival.
Rachel interned at the Komische Oper in Berlin, at Stratford's Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, at the Shaw Festival's Neil Munro Directing Internship. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58.