Rachael is a writer, director and dramaturg, originally from the North East and a recent graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Drama Directing MA. During her time at BOVTS she assisted Sally Cookson on her production of Three Seagulls at Bristol Old Vic and directed Alex Oates’ one-man show Silk Road for live-stream at The Wardrobe Theatre.

Since graduating she has been director and dramaturg on Cut Out with Emma Baskeyfield Theatre at Theatre Royal Plymouth and in 2021 she was announced of one of two recipients of the JMK Victoria Wood bursary.

As a theatre maker she is most interested in creating and directing work that supports and champions women to take up space onstage and in life.  She began to explore the barriers that are in place to stop women being able to take up space and how theatre can help smash those barriers. This led to her attending a summer intensive in Le Jeu and Clown at École Phillipe Gaulier and as a result her practice and process is massively informed and influenced by improv and clowning.

She is currently based in Bristol but works nationally and regularly returns to the North East. She will be Associate Director to Maria Crocker on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Northern Stage this Christmas (2021).

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