Thesis: Processes of audience reception and aesthetic adaptation in performance of a poitive multiculturalism
Supervisors: Baz Kershaw and Alan Rivett (Warwick Arts Centre)
In 2007 Rachel received Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding as part of their Collaborative Doctorate Award (CDA) scheme to work in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) and Theatre Studies, Warwick. Her research is practice based and investigates the notions and perceptions of multiculturalism and internationalism as generated by particular aspects of the theatre and performance programming and creative activities of WAC. This research project is, in part, designed to be relevant to other UK arts organisations by potentially providing appropriate audience reception and feedback methods that can inform and determine commissioning and programme choice and can offer new perspectives on participatory outreach work within increasingly diverse and globalised regional communities.
Rachel is also a support tutor for the MA in Drama and Theatre Education at The University of Warwick and supervises student dissertations. She has freelanced as a drama educator and was a Theatre In Education facilitator across Merseyside. She was the assistant course leader on the IGGY Performance and Myth course in July 2009 and is an assistant practitioner for The CAPITAL centre. She is a keen performer and received the Timothy West Award at The Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival 2008 for her performance as the title role in Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker. She is a member of Dumb Show Theatre which received national critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 for their sell out run of ClockHeart Boy and has since completed a run at Cochrane Theatre, London and The Manchester Exchange. She is interested in processes of devising and improvisation and has performed with Chris Johnston's Fluxx Theatre at WAC and Soho Theatre, London.