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Rainier Pearl-Styles

Multidisciplinary deviser, director, and educator

Rainier Pearl-Styles (she/they) is a deviser, director, teacher, and applied theatre lover based in Boston, MA. In 2023, they graduated with an MFA in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre from Emerson College, where her coursework focused on embodied practice as a tool for social justice, community engagement, and recasting Shakespeare as a liberatory education practice. They are a co-founder and active member of the Fork & Shoe Theatre Co-op, a production company focused on scrappy, DIY, accessible puppet theatre, where they have directed and devised shows since 2020. Rainier is also a teaching artist, educator, and facilitator. They began their teaching practice with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, eventually co-leading the education department as a member of a lateral leadership structure. Since then, Rainier has worked across New England in middle and high schools as a guest teaching artist, performer, full time classroom teacher, and even gym coach. rainier-pearl-styles.com


Three actors rehearse a scene with large pieces of blue fabric.
Recasting, Restorying, and Restructuring Shakespeare for Liberation

Recasting, Restorying, and Restructuring Shakespeare for Liberation

4 March 2024

Educator Rainier Pearl-Styles recounts their experience of devising a show in response to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, using tenets of Paolo Freire’s theory of liberatory education. Through recasting, restorying, and restructuring, the participants were able to use Shakespeare as a tool for understanding power and identity.