Rachel Nelson is an acting teacher, a performer, and a playwright from Oregon. She graduated from Hollins in 2007 and has her M.F.A. from the University of Maine. Rachel has worked professionally as a playwright, director, and performer in Minneapolis MN, Portland OR, New Orleans LA, Portland ME, and across the country on new plays, rep work, and musical theater. She is an artistic member of the acclaimed theater company Savage Umbrella in Minneapolis, and is the founding artistic director of the queer theater think tank APORIA. Her plays have been honored twice by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., once in 2007 as a regional finalist and again in 2014 as 2nd place for the Rosa Parks Civil Rights Playwriting Award. Rachel is the current artistic director of The Artistic Home, Hollins Theatre’s alumnae-driven theatre company. She leads high school girls in the Hollins Theatre: Caught in the Act Hollinsummer session, and in Spring 2014 was dramaturg and a performer in Hollins Theatre’s production of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
Rachel will be teaching Theatre for Social Change, Episodes in Theatre History: Season 2, and Senior Seminar in the fall 2017 term. She will also be co-directing the fall production Men on Boats and team-teaching Contemporary Scene Study with guest artist Susie Young.