Since March 13th, 2020, with the shutdown of live in-person theatre due to COVID-19, I have been taking the time to reflect on the field as a whole, what we want the future to look like moving forward, and what steps I can take now towards a kinder, more inclusive Theatre. During this time, I have been offering free/PWYC/pay-it-forward 30-minute virtual monologue coaching sessions to actors. It has been a joy to meet actors from all over the U.S. and get the chance to be creative together during this time. I have decided to continue this model of initial coaching sessions for the foreseeable future. If you or someone you know may be interested, drop me a line here.
November 2020: Rachael wrote 2-lane, a ten minute play, as part of the Coordinates Project, organized by NU Theatre/Justin Guidroz via Twitter. Rachael also FINALLY put some of her plays up on NPX. Check 'em out! August 2020: Rachael graduated from the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. Rachael also directed a virtual reading of The Hamster for Naked Angels' Young Writers Festival. Throughout 2020: Rachael has been arranging informal virtual table reads of plays in development with actors and playwrights in New York and DC. February 2020: Rachael was part of the inaugural Level 1 Class with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators. January 2020: Rachael began the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy through National Arts Strategies and University of Pennsylvania. Rachael also directed a staged reading of Kirby Fields' The Best Punk Band in Conway, Missouri: An Oral History of Presley Cox and the Fallout Five for UP Theater's Dead of Winter series. December 2019: Rachael went on a lovely writer's retreat to work on Dave and Neil's Excellent Shrew Adventure (feat. Aaron Sorkin). Rachael also became Mental Health First Aid Certified with Thrive NYC/Mental Health USA. November 2019: Rachael directed The Desk Set for The Mimes and Mummers at Fordham University. And the lovely folks at San Diego-based New Match Collective did a developmental staged reading of Rachael's play, Dave and Neil's Excellent Shrew Adventure (featuring Aaron Sorkin).