Rachel Chant

A freelance theatre director and dramaturg, and festival director of Bondi Feast.

Rachel is a theatre director and festival director of Bondi Festival. In 2020 she is the recipient of the Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director’s Award. A member of Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2019 Women in Theatre Program, she has worked as director, script assessor and dramaturg for Playwriting Australia and is a guest director and teaching artist at NIDA. Rachel was the Artistic Associate for the inaugural women’s theatre festival, Festival Fatale, produced by Women in Theatre and Screen; was the resident dramaturg for Red Line Productions’ ‘New Fitz’ new writing program, and from 2013-2015 was Associate Director at Rock Surfers Theatre Company. Rachel has a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies from the University of New England.

Recent productions include: Good Dog (Kings X Theatre); Love (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Glengarry Glen Ross (NIDA); Intersection 2018: Chrysalis (ATYP @ Griffin); 2018 Griffin Award Readings (Griffin); Outposts Development Program (Playwriting Australia and Hothouse Theatre); The Village Bike (Old Fitz Theatre); Moth (ATYP); Leaves (Kings X Theatre); When the Rain Stops Falling (New Theatre); Decay (Old505 Theatre); Machine (Old505 Theatre); Nil By Sea (Site&Sound). As Assistant Director: Cosi (dir. Sarah Goodes; MTC + STC); Mortido (dir. Leticia Caceres; Belvoir + STCSA). 

Selected awards include Sydney Theatre Award nominations: Good Dog; Moth; The Village Bike. Broadway World Best Director Award: Leaves. Suzy Goes See’s Best Direction: Love; When The Rain Stops Falling; GJ Borny Prize for exceptional ability in the areas of scholarship, research and production.

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