Rachel lived and breathed the arts at a young age. A native of suburban Philadelphia, she was mesmerized as a child, attending the Philadelphia Orchestra concerts for children at The Academy of Music. As a child and youth, she wrote plays and skits, built and played with puppets, acted in plays, and learned the VIOLIN and PIANO, and loved to sing.
Ukulele & Guitar
Later in college, Rachel earned a B.A. in Theater Arts (Child Drama Emphasis), with a Communications minor at Brigham Young University. It was there in an advanced songwriting class that she collaborated with and later married her also creative husband Marc! Marc subsequently helped her with her final directing project, involving 14 vivacious children. Rachel is a former member of the Utah/Wyoming Puppetry Guild. She enjoyed being the storyteller to 180 children per week in Logan, Utah where she frequently used her guitar to enhance the sessions. Rachel later earned an M.A.Ed (music emphasis) at Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). It was in her undergraduate years that she enjoyed enrolling in a folk guitar class and was hooked from then on!
She has spent many years perfecting her craft teaching, directing and assistant directing theater & music classes, workshops, camps, plays, musicals and kindergarten original operettas. Rachel recently produced the musical for the “Benjamin Franklin Parkway” 100th anniversary in Philadelphia; put on by her regional church, she managed a cast and crew of well over 100 from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Rachel has also enjoyed instructing children in the classroom and community arts centers in both Utah and Pennsylvania, with a special interest in instructing children with special needs. Rachel’s forte and style incorporates student engagement, folk songs and creativity! She finds that the ukulele is a wonderful portable instrument with quick and satisfying results! Rachel resides in Chester County with her husband, 2 sons on the Autism Spectrum, daughter, and various puppets and musical instruments! Her latest role is cheerleader for her son’s membership in the Philadelphia Boys Choir.