Rachel is Programme Director at National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) and holds responsibility for running the Producing and Planning department. She contributes to the company’s artistic planning and strategic development, manages the casting and producing teams, and oversees the structure and geographic reach of the current and repertory programme including tour booking and developing co-producing relationships.
Prior to her role at NTS Rachel was Head of Participant Services at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society heading up the team responsible for supporting all the performers, producers, companies, venues and Arts Industry professionals at the world’s largest arts festival. She supported the strategic objectives and development of the organisation, and often travelled internationally and in the UK to represent and promote the festival.
From 2012-2014, after relocating to Scotland from London, Rachel managed freelance producing work alongside the role of International Projects Manager at Festivals Edinburgh – the high-level organisation created in 2007 by the Directors of Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals to lead on their joint strategic development and maintain their global competitive edge.
From 2007-2012, Rachel was Projects Producer at People’s Palace Projects (PPP), an independent arts charity that advances the practice and understanding of art for social justice by creating projects with a special focus on strengthening cultural links between Brazil and the UK. Her work involved delivering large scale international projects with multiple partners often in site specific international locations including a large-scale project as part of the London 2012 Olympics and several favela-based projects in Brazil.
Prior to joining PPP Rachel worked for Tara Arts a touring theatre company based in South London.
She loves Scottish beaches, cycling, theatre and travelling, but mostly spends her time chasing her kids around East Lothian.