Rachel Perks is a freelance, Melbourne based performer and writer whose work investigates feminist futures through the lens of speculative fiction. Rachel has a long-standing creative partnership with Bridget Balodis under the company 'Double Water Sign'.
In 2018 Rachel spent three months in New York City investigating downtown dramaturgy under the guidance and mentorship of Sibyl Kempson, Erin Markey and Tina Satter through the support of The Australia Council and the American Australian Association. Their work 'MORAL PANIC' was staged that year at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre to critical acclaim. In 2017 Rachel travelled to Dublin to take part in ‘The Next Stage’ as part of Dublin Theatre Festival and wrote ‘Eyes' for Sandpit. They were also artist in residence with Bridget Balodis at LAB-14 courtesy of City of Melbourne and Creative Spaces.
In 2016, Rachel contributed to ‘Schmaltz’ (Daniel Schlusser, Malthouse) as well as writing and performing in ‘GROUND CONTROL’ (Next wave 2016, Theatre Republic 2016). Earlier work includes co-writing Elbow Room’s ‘We Get It’ (NEON 2015, Powerhouse 2016) and writing and performing in ‘ANGRY SEXX’ (Melbourne Fringe) for which they were nominated for the Green Room Award for best independent writing and awarded 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.