Rachel is an artist and engagement strategist focused on the triangulation between art, artist, and audience.
Rachel is a co-founder and the Ensemble Director of dog & pony dc. With the ensemble, Rachel directed COURAGE and Beertown, and co-directed Toast. She performed in Cymbeline, Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting, Separated at Birth, Beertown, Squares, Discovered! The Amazing Untold Stories of Catenarians, and touring performances of A Killing Game and TOAST. She is the project leader for Beertown Takes America.
Rachel is a member of HowlRound’s National Advisory Committee and is a regular presenter with National Arts Market Project on audience engagement and empowering staff to serve as change-agents. She also works with arts and culture organizations (and sometimes science-y ones) on developing strategies for deepening and broadening staff, audience, and community engagement. Her perspectives on the world can be found on abigeyedfish.com and @RGinDC.
Rachel is responsible for launching Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s “connectivity” initiative and served as the first Connectivity Director. Prior to that she was the Director of Education & Outreach at Round House Theatre, and managed education and community programming at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, and CENTERSTAGE. She has directed, performed, and devised productions and projects at: Adventure Theatre, Referendum: Political Arts Collective, Woolly Mammoth, CENTERSTAGE, Round House Theatre, Forum Theatre, Source Festival. Rachel was an Associate Producer for the 2010 Source Festival, focusing on Literary Management and Casting, and also spent a few years producing with eXtreme eXchange.
Rachel has also facilitated sessions and workshops at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) conferences, as well as Network of Ensemble Theatre, Arts Marketers Association UK, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She has served on grants panelist with the NEA, TCG, Montgomery County Arts & Humanities Council, and DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Rachel served on the Interactivity Foundation’s Arts & Society panel, exploring the arts and public policy. She was an adjudicator with Washington, DC’s Helen Hayes Awards for four years. A firm supporter of health and safety in the workplace and community, she was an American Red Cross instructor for over a decade.
Rachel was one of fifty theatre professionals selected to be part of TCG’s 50th Anniversary campaign I AM THEATRE. Her video launched the campaign in June 2011. She was one of eight selected to participate in WESTAF’s second annual Dinner-vention, hosted by Barry’s Blog in 2014. She is a two-time recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Artist Fellowship grant.
Rachel resides in Petworth with her husband Colin K. Bills (who is a Conspirator with dog & pony dc, thought not necessarily her favorite). She likes beets, brussels sprouts, bourbon, infographics, action movies, and well-facilitated discussions.