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Rachel Hynes

Theatre-Maker and lover of the human condition

Bound by no rules, Rachel devises collaborative, innovative performances and help others develop new works as a producer, director, teacher, playwright and movement consultant. Her own works include physical and experimental storytelling about scars, zombies, tigers and technology (You Have Made a Story On My Skin, Half Life, a zombie love letter for no one, Tale of a Tiger, Facebook In Memoriam), as well as several site-specific performances featured in Art All Night (Lit) and Supernova Performance Art Festival (Burning Down the House). Her devised adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women was a part of Washington DC’s second Women’s Voices Festival. Rachel is currently developing LadyM, a clown show about violence, blood and feminine power, inspired by the witches and powerful women of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, for which she received a DCCAH project grant to interview DC women and health professionals about their relationship to menstruation.

She has performed and/or devised with banished? productions (Tyger, ,she took me back so tenderly,), George & Co (Animal Animal Mammal Mine), Emma Jaster (To Know a Veil), Babel Theatre (Balloon Plays), Theatre Alliance (The Events), Brave Spirits (The Trojan Women Project), Synetic Teen Company (The Jungle Book) and two iterations of Natsu Onoda Power’s gender-bending show at Forum Theatre (The T Party).

Rachel has taught devising, movement, comedy and created original works with the likes of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Montgomery College, Arena Stage’s Voice of Now, Ford’s National Oratory Fellows, Encore Stage and Studio and Educational Theatre Company (ETC) and focuses on process-based creation, empowering students to continue their journeys as actors, directors and creators, long after they’ve left the classroom.

From 2006-2011, Rachel was the Co-Artistic Director of avant garde performance group, Helsinki Syndrome, performing in On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Annex Theatre (Seattle), Hand2Mouth’s Risk/Reward Series (Portland), Camden People’s Theatre SPRINT Festival (London) and had two residencies at Richard Forman’s Ontological-Hysteric Incubator (NYC). 

Rachel is a four-time DCCAH Artist Fellow and a recipient of the Larry Neal Award in Dramatic Writing. Rachel earned her MFA in Lecoq Based Actor Created Theatre from Naropa University at the London International School for the Arts (LISPA).