Rachel Chant

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Rachel is a theatre director and Festival Director of Bondi Festival.. The 2020 recipient of the Ensemble Theatre Sandra Bates Director’s Award and member of Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2019 Women in Theatre Program, she has worked as director, script assessor and dramaturg for Playwriting Australia and as 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: Nearer the Gods (dir. Janine Watson; Ensemble Theatre); The Woman in Black (dir. Mark Kilmurry; Ensemble Theatre); Cosi (dir. Sarah Goodes; MTC + STC); Mortido (dir. Leticia Caceres; Belvoir + STCSA). 

Selected awards include Sydney Theatre Award: Good Dog. Sydney Theatre Award nominations: 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.

In 2022, Rachel will direct Love Letters  and Celebrating 50 Years with David Williamson for Ensemble Theatre.

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