Founding artistic director & producer
I was employed as a part-time copywriter for Cudo, employing the whimsical Cudo voice that sells value-packed experiences and products to its members. Working to strict daily deadlines, tasks involved writing copy for between five and ten discount deals per day, sub-editing copy and loading deals into a custom CMS.
In August 2013, the business was sold.
Dir. Phillip Rouse
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Show: Three Sisters
Show: Death in Bowengabbie
Location: The Old Fitzroy Theatre
Show: The Lonesome West
Location: Belvoir St Downstairs
Show: The Sneeze
Show: Man from Mukinupin
Location: Belvoir St Upstairs Theatre
Leaves by Lucy Caldwell (Kings X Theatre)
When The Rain Stop Falling (New Theatre)
For exceptional ability in the areas of scholarship, research and production
Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Arts
University of New England, Armidale NSW
Feb-2009 - Nov-2010 - University of New England
Feb-2005 - Jun-2008 - University of New England
I am a freelance director and dramaturg, and festival director of Bondi Feast festival.
I was the resident Dramaturg for Red Line Productions’ ‘New Fitz’ new writing program (2017) and Artistic and Directorial Associate for the inaugural Festival Fatale, a two-day women’s theatre festival held annually in Sydney, produced by WITS (2016). From 2013-2015 I was Associate Director at Rock Surfers Theatre Company, and I am the Founding Director of independent theatre company Eclective Productions.
I am a script assessor and dramaturg for Playwriting Australia (PWA) and was a 2016/2017 PWA Dramaturgy Mentee. In 2014 I was a Playwriting Australia Dramaturgy intern and a member of Playwriting Australia’s inaugural Directors Studio.
Graduating with a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre/Journalism) from the University of New England, I received the GJ Borny Prize for exceptional ability in the areas of scholarship, research and production.
Next up I will direct Love by Particia Cornelius for Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
Recent productions include:
Intersection: Chrysalis by the ATYP National Studio playwrights (Griffin Theatre Company)
The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner (Old Fitz Theatre - Sydney premiere, nominated for Sydney Theatre Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role in an Independent Production, touted by the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the best independent productions of the year” - Jason Blake)
Moth by Declan Greene (Australian Theatre for Young People - nominated for Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People)
Leaves by Lucy Caldwell (Kings X Theatre – Australian premiere, winner Broadway World 2016 Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design)
I Do I Don’t by Whitney Richards (Canada Fringe tour & Blue Room Theatre, Perth)
When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (New Theatre – winner Best Direction, Best Design, and Top 10 Productions in critic Suzy Goes See’s Critic’s Choice for 2015)
Blue Italian + Nil by Sea by Katie Pollock (Site+Sound festival)
Decay by Melissa Lee Speyer (Old 505 Theatre).
As Assistant Director: Mortido by Angela Betzien, dir. Leticia Caceres (Belvoir + STCSA).
"One of the best independent productions of the year... this production could sit proudly on any main stage in Sydney.”
Jason Blake - Sydney Morning Herald
“Full marks to director Rachel Chant, whose desire for perfection is hereby duly noted.”
“Chant’s direction ensures each personality we meet is distinct and vividly manifested… Sequences oscillate between comedy and drama effortlessly, with moments of breathtaking sexual tension giving an excellent sense of texture and dimension to what we see, hear and feel.”
Suzy Goes See
“[Chant’s] is a directorial presence already casting a long shadow; one which, given even half a chance, promises, or threatens, to overshadow some of her more celebrated male colleagues.”
Syke On Stage.
“Director Rachel Chant has realized this piece with skill… poignant and incredibly well observed, with Chant’s subtle but impacting direction…”
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