Rachel is a freelance playwright and screenwriter based in Narrm. They are currently developing 'An Exhaustive Treatise on Queer Desire' under commission with the Malthouse Theatre and 6x10min web series 'Unicorn Hunters' with co-writer Jean Tong.
This year Rachel was the inaugural winner of Malthouse Theatre's Playwriting Innovation award. Unicorn Hunters was selected to be one of twelve projects included in the workshop phase of Digital Originals by SBS and Screen Australia and their new theatre work HYDRA, shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award, will premiere later in the year.
They have a long-standing theatre-making partnership with Bridget Balodis under the moniker 'Double Water Sign'. With Bridget, they have made MORAL PANIC (Darebin Arts, 2018), GROUND CONTROL (Next Wave Festival 2016), and ANGRY SEXX (Melbourne Fringe 2014). Between them, these works have been nominated for 9 Green Room Awards.
In 2018 Rachel spent three months in New York City investigating downtown dramaturgy under the mentorship of Sibyl Kempson, Erin Markey, and Tina Satter through the support of The Australia Council and the American Australian Association. In 2017 Rachel traveled to Dublin to take part in ‘The Next Stage’ as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and wrote ‘Eyes' for Sandpit. They were also artist in residence with Bridget Balodis at LAB-14 courtesy of the City of Melbourne and Creative Spaces. In 2014 Rachel was the winner of the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award.
As a theatre performer Rachel has played Joe in ‘Traps’ (Amelia Evans, 2017), A in ‘Trapper’ (Arena Theatre, 2017), and Trish in ‘Kindness’ (Bridget Mackey, 2015). They trained in performance at the Victorian College of The Arts where they received the Pratt Bursary for acting excellence.