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Hello

 

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, Unicorn Hunters for Screen Australia and SBS with producer Tessa Mansfield-Hung, and Next Big Thing with show creator Michele Lee. 

Last year Rachel was the inaugural winner of Malthouse Theatre's Playwriting Innovation award. Unicorn Hunters was selected to be one of six projects given development funding as part of Digital Originals and their new theatre work HYDRA, shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award, premiered in July 2021 at Northcote Town Hall. 

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. 

 

CONTACT

 

rachel.r.perks@gmail.com

Instagram:  @doublewatersign​