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Recipient of the
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
2015 Ross M. Lence
Teaching Excellence Award
Is a Wisconsin native educated in New Mexico. Rachel shifted from the profession to academia in 2008 when she joined the faculty at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance to create the curriculum for a new BFA in Stage Management. She is currently the Head of Stage Management at UH, where she has created both regional and national relationships for her students. She is incredibly excited to be able to say that her graduates represent a 100 percent placement. Rachel was the 2015 recipient of the Ross M. Lence Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In addition to her faculty responsibilities, she serves on several university committees, was a member of the UH Faculty Senate, and is the production representative for undergraduate recruitment as well as facilities coordinator for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts. She also acted as the production liaison to the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre during their Alley@UH 2014-2015 season residency at the UH School of Theatre and Dance. Rachel also serves as the Production Stage Manager for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, which performs to over 20,000 people each year at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre.
AD), Syracuse Stage (Bob Moss, AD), Children’s Theater of Minneapolis (Peter Brosius, AD), Pirate Playhouse (Ralph Elias, AD), Santa Fe Stages (Martin Platt, AD), Stages Repertory Theatre (Kenn McLaughlin, AD), Opera Theater of Lucca (Malcom Fraser, AD), and The Peterborough Players (Gus Kaikkonen, AD).
Expanding her experience outside of the traditional theatre venue, Rachel was excited to venture into television as Production Coordinator for CBS Television’s48 Hours. She has stage managed the Presidential Investiture at the University of Houston, the Anit-Defamation League's Houston In Concert Against Hate: A Theatre Tribute to American Civil Rights, hosted by Mr. Louis Gossett Jr., and TEDX Houston, an amazing event that launched one of the most viewed TED talks of that year, Dr. Brene Brown's Vulnerability. She has continued her involvement in TEDX Houston as stage manager, committee member, and sponsor while continuing to stage manage Corporate Events & Fundraisers.