Rachel has been creating work in front and behind the camera for over 20 years in the entertainment industry as a director, designer and actor. She has collaborated in the creation of over 150 film, theatre and television productions.
From a pool of over 5,000 submissions, her film “Wendy’s Shabbat” premiered at both the 2018 Tribeca International and Palm Springs International Film Festivals and at over 50 other film festivals worldwide. “Wendy’s Shabbat” qualified for the 2019 Academy Awards and was broadcast on PBS, POV and TOPIC.
Rachel was awarded the first solo Shondaland Women’s Directing Mentorship to direct for Shonda Rhimes Television, nominated for the inaugural Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant and selected for the Sundance Director’s Co Lab. Rachel has directed films, 2 Black Boys, based on the poetry of Giovanni Adams on blackness and queer identity which premiered at OUTFEST, Cannes AVIFF and Winner of Cadence Video Festival at the Northwest Film Forum. Rachel has directed for Disney Channel TV episode of Kim Possible and Mensajes (Messages) in Spanish about Mexican Artist Leobardo Huerta. She developed and originated “CONFIDENCE,” a short film and campaign series for women. Rachel directed and conceived, “Writing with Grace” live show, debuting to a 2,500 person live audience for VIDCON. Her work won Fullscreen and the AT&T Hello Lab a 2016 Streamy Award for Best Brand Campaign. Rachel co-created the series HOT SPOT which premiered at Seriesfest 2020.
Her award-winning experiential company, 3 PENNY DESIGN has conceived and produced live events, brand activations and interiors for “Crayola” in Times Square for “The Emmy’s,” “The Golden Globe Awards” and more.
Her Production Design Film credits include, “Kim Possible” Disney, “Short Term 12,” winner of SXSW and Independent Spirit Awards, “Desperados” Netflix, “The Drowning,” “Search Party” “Identity Theft,” “Chronicles Simpson,” “Saving Lincoln” and “Liminal,” Winner of Best Art Direction - Barcelona International Film Festival, Punta del Este Festival and Action on Film Festival. Television design credits, HULU “East Los High, “Five Points” Facebook, "Sing It" YouTube Red, “Faking It” MTV, “Blue” LIFETIME nominee for ADG Award, “Paloma” and “Video Game High School” Lionsgate, Producers Guild Award and Streamy Award nominee for Best Production Design.
Her commercial client list includes, Crayola, ADIDAS, Ray Ban, AT&T, ESPN, Volkswagon, Marriott, DAQRI, Hewlett Packard, Turbo Tax, Wrigley’s, Gevalia, CVS, Soul, Pampers, L’oreal, Schick, Taco Bell, Soap and Glory, Maccaroni Grill and Getty Images.
Her regional theatre credits include, BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music, Center Theatre Group, The Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, The Shakespeare Theatre DC, The Getty Villa, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Los Angeles Theatres- Rattlestick West, Los Angeles Ovation Awards, IAMA, Theatre at Boston Court and Vs Theatre.
Rachel’s work has also been featured in national and international publications and media, including the NY Times, LA Times, Cheddar and Vice. She has appeared on The Today Show with Megan Kelly, Michelle Collins Show on Sirius XM and Tablet Unorthodox Podcast as well as Vice, Refinery 29, NY Daily News, Forward, Tablet, Variety, Broadway World, The Times of Israel, Women and Hollywood, Movie Maker, Newsday, Daily Mail, ZEAL NYC, Desert Sun, IMDB, NY Bulletin and more.
Her films have been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the NW Film Center at the Portland Museum of Art. Her designs have also been seen at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Watermill Center and are part of the permanent collection of the Getty. Her work has won an Ovation Award and Broadway World and Streamy Award nominations.
Rachel received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and studied Theatre and Art at Pomona and Scripps Colleges and RADA the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
She is member of the Art Directors Guild Local 800, United Scenic Artists 829 and the Directors Guild of America. She is represented by UTA and Artists First.