Rachel S.

Education

Point Park University, B.A. in Musical Theater

Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, M.F.A. in Directing

Childcare Experience

Children's Theater Director, Upper Darby Summer Stage
Philadelphia, PA, 2009-Present

Teaching Artist: Young Playwrights, ArtStream, Imagination Stage
Washington D.C., 2011-2012

Professional Experience

Imagination Stage Professional Education Apprentice
Bethesda MD, 09/10 - 09/11

About Me

I have been a professional teaching artist and caregiver for over 7 years in both Philadelphia, DC and Pittsburgh. For the past 5 years I have worked as a Director of Children’s Theater at Upper Darby Summer Stage in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. This company serves over 800 students each year and produces a season of seven fully staged shows.
I moved to New York three years ago to pursue my graduate degree in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School from which I am now a recent graduate!

I am originally from Philadelphia where I grew up greatly influenced by the work of my parents who are both educators; my mother is a speech therapist and my father is now the senior consultant of a charter school in Philadelphia, which focuses on specialized education for students with learning disabilities.

As a professional Education Apprentice at Imagination Stage in DC in 2010, I am now a certified Access Educator. I have taught students 3 months to 18 years old both typically developing and students with Autism and Down Syndrome.

As a caregiver and teacher, I work towards making every experience fun, creative and inclusive. When working with children, I encourage creative play and self expression in a safe and structured environment. I try to find every opportunity for a teachable moment where children have the chance to build self esteem and self actualization.While my intention is to pursue professional jobs as a director in the city, my first love has always been education and I’m looking forward to both opportunities!

I have professional childcare experience with…

Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children, Children with special needs, Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while…

Pursuing directing and acting opportunities in New York City and regionally.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

I hope to be directing in New York and regionally as well as cultivating the beginnings of my own theater company. I also hope to be acting professionally.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…

I love to build theatrical storytelling activities from children's literature that involve crafting, costume design, set design, writing and acting out our stories. I enjoy creating our own original stories together as well. I am happy to share simple cooking recipes and to prepare meals. I am quite comfortable assisting with homework and editing papers. I'm a good tutor and I love to assist in essay writing. I have a working knowledge of French.