Rachel Rene, a Seattle-raised actor, director, and educator, has been working in theatre throughout the Seattle area for over 30 years. Two years ago, she began traveling across Washington state as a performer and educator for Living Voices, taking Within the Silence and Native Vision to schools and museums.
Rachel teaches all six of the Seattle Musical Theatre Classes offered through Rekindle School.
Other recent acting projects include: touring shows with Intergenerational Theatre Company and Theater for Young Children, South Pacific and 9 to 5 with Seattle Musical Theatre, and A Tale for the Time Being at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Recent directing credits include: Burien Actors Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Ben Butler, Pamela Gerke’s new musical Nightingale, and several staged readings of new plays with Seattle Playwrights Salon.
Rachel Rene has a BA in theatre arts from Western Washington University and works steadily as an actor/performer, director, and stage manager. In the past, she has also worked on theatre projects as a music director, choreographer, and costumer. Training artists and helping people find joy in the performing arts is one of her greatest passions.
Above: Rachel Rene as “Bloody Mary” in “South Pacific” with Seattle Musical Theatre. Production photos by Jeff Carpenter.
From a review of Living Voices’ “Within the Silence”: “
Through [Rachel] Rene’s performance, not a syllable was wasted. It felt like Emiko Yamada was my aunt, and through this performance, was telling me a bit about our family’s history. It was like we were synced, and I could feel her victories as well as her losses. By the end of the performance, I sensed a solemn mood in the small theatre, the minds of the audience yearning to learn more about Emi’s life and others like her—we wondered how America could have betrayed its citizens the way it did, we also wondered how a story set 70 years ago could have such a profound message considering today’s political climate. But I think this is the beauty of art. It gives the silenced a voice and shows us how such a simple performance can be so timeless in its message.” – ‘Many Emiko’s – Same Story’, Jordan Chan, Amateur Historian, KXSU Arts Reporter
From a review of “A Tale for the Time Being” at Book-It Repertory Theatre:
“Rachel Rene goes from a sneering schoolgirl bully to a delightfully tottering old nun… Watching the cast morph into so many beings makes our knowledge feel all the more impermanent, enhancing the feeling of momentary existence.” – ‘A Tale for the Time Being’, Cat McCarrey
From a review of “Ben Butler” at Burien Actors Theatre, directed by Rachel Rene:
“[Rachel] Rene [director] guides the action in skilled way, directing the actors so that their placement on stage underscores the nuances of the character relationships… The BAT production of Ben Butler is wonderfully done. It both provokes thought and thoroughly entertains. The talent is top notch and is well worth taking the time to enjoy!” – Shelli Park, B-town Blog