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Originally from Wokingham, Rachael studied at Royal Holloway University of London, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre Studies. She went on to work as a Production Executive for a digital media company for a year, before training in Musical Theatre at The Kent Stage Academy of Performing Arts, where she gained a double distinction Diploma. She now works as an actor, singer and performing arts teacher in London.


Rachael is a founding member of Encompass, having previously worked with many of the company's associates as a director and choreographer. Rachael was an associate director for hit surrealist drama What It Feels Like and co-directed Who Is Moloch? before becoming associate artistic director. She co-directed Life in a Sketchbook and has most recently directed various pieces for Bare Essentials. In 2014 she re-teamed with Encompass artistic director Jonathan Woodhouse to associate direct and co-produce their hit  production This is Not a Christmas Play. Most recently she was the choreographer and associate producer of acclaimed Encompass production Stasis and performed in 'Ctrl, Alt, Delete' for Bare Essentials.


Most recent credits include: Ctrl Alt Delete, Take Courage Theatre, Encompass Productions; NewsRevue, Canal Cafe Theatre; Friend Roulette, Take Courage Theatre, Encompass Productions; The Rat Pack - Live, Arts Theatre West End, Hartshorn-Hook Productions; Soloist in Members-only evening (Music Hall), Craven Street Studios, Player's Theatre; Whisky Sister in The Rat Pack - Live, The Seychelles & C venues, Hartshorn-Hook Productions; Staxx Sister in A Tribute to The Blues Brothers Live, C Venues, Hartshorn-Hook Productions; Iris in 'Til The Boys Come Home, Sydenham, Spontaneous Productions; Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Tivoli Theatre, Ron Martin Management

Associate Artistic Director

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