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WHO IS SHE? AND WHAT IS SHE DOING?
I’m Rachel! I am an actor / playwright / educator / dramaturg / multi-hyphenate theatre artist currently based in Boston. I graduated in 2020 from Brandeis University with my BA in Theatre Arts (Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors) and these days I keep myself busy as an educator, arts administrator, and as a core member at Artists' Theatre of Boston. I am passionate about Shakespeare and other early modern and classical texts, and I am especially excited about acting, writing, dramaturging, and adapting projects that work to reclaim women’s narratives with strength and love from these traditionally male-dominated stories. I also have a soft spot for both classical and contemporary plays about brilliant young women speaking truth to power. My artistic style is rooted in classical training and ignited by contemporary conversations and influences, specifically the work of female pop and punk music artists.
As a playwright l work to create rich, embodied, multi-dimensional fat woman characters and put them center stage. My plays most often wrestle with the thorny intersections of consent, agency, sex, power dynamics, fatphobia and fat liberation, gender politics, and intersectional feminism. I am also interested in the adaptation and reclamation of Early Modern and other classical works and work to marry those classic stories with contemporary themes. Outside of my own theatre-making, I am passionate about curating artistic spaces that are consent-based and allow actors (and all artists) to feel empowered and autonomous.
I have some ambitious long term goals for my artistic life! I aim to continue performing and creating art that promotes the narratives of women, plus sized folks, and people of other marginalized identities. Beyond this, I am a fierce and vocal advocate for actor safety and agency, and hope to one day earn my certification for Intimacy Direction (learn more about it - let's change the industry!). A long-term goal is to eventually develop an Intimacy Direction practice that focuses on and educates about the intersections of consent/agency with fat and otherwise marginalized bodies.
WHAT'S COMING NEXT?
MARGARET MY NAME WITH ARTISTS' THEATRE OF BOSTON (Actor/Playwright):
I spent the past three years developing MARGARET MY NAME, originally conceived as a senior acting thesis at Brandeis University. Margaret My Name is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI parts 1, 2, 3, and Richard III refocused on the oft-neglected Queen Margaret of Anjou. My adaptation strives to tell the gentle, proud, and ruthless Queen Margaret’s story in its entirety, and to explore the capacity of modern artists to reclaim classical narratives for the women who drive them forward. While the original production was cut short several weeks before opening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been hard at work revamping the piece and prepping it to finally be shared and seen!
MMN will be receiving it's first public reading with Artists' Theatre of Boston this summer (dates TBD). In the meantime, feel free to check out some of the work previously generated for and by this project here.