Skills

Blogs, Creative, Directing, Dramaturgy, Entertainment, Excel, Lifestyle, Multimedia, News, Office, Online, Photoshop, Popular Culture, Print, Social

Employers

  • Festival Fatale - Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS)
    Directorial and Artistic Associate
    2016 - Present

  • Waverley Council
    Cultural Programs Producer
    2016 - Present

  • Bondi Feast festival
    Festival Director
    2015 - Present

  • Griffin Theatre Company
    Marketing Assistant
    2013 - Present

  • Rock Surfers Theatre Company
    Associate Artist
    2013 - Present

  • Rock Surfers Theatre Company
    Associate Producer - Bondi Feast
    2013 - Present

  • Rock Surfers Theatre Company
    Associate Artist
    2013 - Present

  • Eclective Productions
    Director
    2010 - Present

    Founding artistic director & producer

  • CUDO
    Editorial
    2013 - 2013

    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.

  • New Theatre
    Assistant Director - The Ham Funeral
    2013 - 2013

    Dir. Phillip Rouse

  • Arthur Productions
    Publicity Assistant - Cut Snake
    2013 - 2013

  • Time Out Sydney
    Intern
    2012 - 2013

    Review and Feature Writer (arts, food & entertainment), Website Listings, Proof Reading, Fact Checking

  • Yelp
    Review Writer/Marketing Assistant
    2011 - 2011

    Marketing Assistant and Review Writer (food, entertainment, accommodation) for the Australian launch of an international review site.

  • Cry Havoc
    Stage Manager
    2010 - 2010

    Show: Three Sisters
    Location: ATYP

  • Arts Radar
    Stage Manager
    2010 - 2010

    Show: Death in Bowengabbie
    Location: The Old Fitzroy Theatre

  • B Sharp
    Stage Manager
    2009 - 2009

    Show: The Lonesome West
    Location: Belvoir St Downstairs

  • Theatre Forward
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2009 - 2009

    Show: The Sneeze
    Location: NIDA

  • Company B
    Secondment
    2009 - 2009

    Show: Man from Mukinupin
    Location: Belvoir St Upstairs Theatre

Education

  • University of New England
    Master of Applied Theatre Studies
    2009 - 2010
  • University of New England
    Bachelor of Arts
    2005 - 2008

Awards and Achievements

  • BroadwayWorld Sydney Best Director

    Leaves by Lucy Caldwell (Kings X Theatre)


    2016
  • Suzy Goes See Critics Choice Top 10 Productions

    When The Rain Stop Falling (New Theatre)


    2015
  • GJ Borny Prize

    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


    2010

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Rachel Chant
Education Feb-2009 - Nov-2010 - University of New England
Feb-2005 - Jun-2008 - University of New England
Employer Festival Fatale - Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS)
Location Sydney Australia

 

About Rachel

I am a freelance director and dramaturg, and festival director of Bondi Feast festival.

I am the resident Dramaturg for Red Line Productions’ ‘New Fitz’ new writing program, and Artistic and Directorial Associate for the inaugural Festival Fatale, a two-day women’s theatre festival held annually in Sydney, produced by WITS (Women in Theatre and Screen). 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 am a 2016/2017 PWA Dramaturgy Mentee. In 2014 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.

In 2015, I directed four Australian plays, each to critical acclaim – When the Rain Stops Falling (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 (Site+Sound festival), and Decay (Old 505 Theatre). That year I was also Assistant Director to Leticia Caceres on her production of Angela Betzien’s Mortido (Belvoir + STCSA). In 2016 I directed the Australian premiere of Lucy Caldwell’s award-winning play Leaves (Kings X Theatre – winner Broadway World 2016 Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design) and Whitney Richards’ one-woman-show I Do I Don’t (Canada Fringe tour & Blue Room Theatre, Perth). In 2017 I directed the Sydney premiere of The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner (Old Fitz Theatre), touted by the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the best independent productions of the year” (Jason Blake), and Declan Greene’s Moth (Australian Theatre for Young People). In 2018 I will direct Intersection: Chrysalis for atyp at Griffin Theatre Company and Particia Cornelius’ Love for Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

"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.”
Stage Whispers

“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…”
Theatre Matters

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