Rachel is really excited to be joining the DaDaFest team as Producer for the 2016 festival. It gives her the opportunity to work directly with artists from multiple disciplines to ensure their work is produced and presented without compromise, to get stuck in to working in a festival atmosphere which she loves and to continue promoting opportunities for all and equality through quality arts.
Rachel studied BA then MA Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth then worked with the Centre for Performance Research as a Curator, Producer and Project Manager.
Rachel moved to Liverpool in 2005 to begin work at MDI (Merseyside Dance Initiative) as Project Development Manager a role that cemented her passion for dance and combined work with communities with working directly with artists on creative projects. Over the years she has supported MDI’s Leap Festival, managed the community and outreach programme, developed MDI’s Move on Up health and wellbeing programme and the RISE African and Caribbean dance strategy.
In 2012, Rachel was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research performance for, with and by older people on the East Coast of the USA.
Many years ago she became part of the international family of La Pocha Nostra performing at Liverpool Biennial at Bluecoat and Tate Modern at Live Culture and she still jumps at an interesting performance opportunity!
Rachel has an MA in Cultural Leadership from John Moores University, is on the board of Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance in Knowsley, ZU-UK – London based immersive theatre organisation and has recently joined the board of Homotopia in Liverpool. Rachel is also a keen runner (sometimes!) and bivouac-er.