Professional Information

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre & Media Arts (with an emphasis in Stage Management) from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. Rachel has worked in various types of arts organizations, including The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery in Cedar City, The Utah Symphony & Opera and Sundance Film Festival & Institute in Salt Lake City, Inter-Borough Repertory Theatre Ensemble in New York City, The Nevada Arts Council in Carson City, and the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf in Connecticut. When not teaching at SUU, Rachel works as a consultant for non-profit arts organizations and serves as the ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT Leadership Program Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration, May 2006 [Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT] 
        Named Outstanding Graduate Scholar
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Media Arts, May 2003 [Brigham Young University - Provo, UT]
        Emphasis in Stage Management

Teaching Experience

    Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [July 2013 – Present]
            Arts Advocacy & Cultural Policy, Capstone Internship, Cultural Policy in Context, Degree Defense, Fundraising Event Planning,
            Grant Writing, Legal Issues in the Arts, Marketing in the Arts, Master of Arts Final Project, Principles of Arts Administration,
            Professional Arts Internship, Professional Development & Projects
    Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [August 2010 – 2013]
            Stage Management, Stage Management Mentoring
    Adjunct Professor of Arts Administration, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [August 2008 – 2010]
            Principles of Arts Administration, Marketing in the Arts

    Professional Experience

      Director of Arts Administration, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [July 2013 – Present]

              Assistant Professor teaching courses in both the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts (Online) degree programs

              Advise all Arts Administration graduation candidates as the chair of the Admissions, Capstone, and Final Project committees

              Perform all duties related to program direction, including recruitment and program development

      Development Consultant, The Neil Simon Festival - Cedar City - UT [November 2009 – January 2010]

              Oversaw fundraising efforts to support NSF’s programs

      Community Arts Development Assistant, The Nevada Arts Council - Carson City, NV [May 2006 – August 2006]

              Planned and coordinated 12 Nevada Arts Town Hall Meetings

              Provided administrative assistance during seven NAC Grant Panels

              Performed an audit of the Nevada Circuit Rider Program materials and website

      Arts Administration - Master of Fine Arts Fellowship Program, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [August 2004 – May 2006]

          The Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF)

              Development

                          Aided the Development Director of this Tony ® award-winning theatre company in the USF Annual Campaign drive

                          Prepared the 2007 National Endowment for the Arts grant application for the 2007 Season, which was awarded

              Production Management

                          Coordinated four recruiting and audition tours

                          Cataloged the production management files; daily rehearsal and performance reports

              Marketing

                          Wrote and distributed press releases for the education department’s touring production

                          Organized the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night

          The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery

              Gallery Assistant

                          Managed the Friends of the Gallery Banquet and organized the annual Art Auction

                          Entered all Friends of the Gallery member information into collection software, Past Perfect

          Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA)                             

              Marketing

                          Promoted the CPVA Department of Theatre Arts and Dance student production series, Stage II

      Registrar, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival - Cedar City, UT [May 2005 – February 2006]

              Designed and maintained the 2006 Region VIII competition website

              Coordinated all registration activities for over 1,100 participants and 40 registration volunteers

      Music Department Administrative Assistant, Southern Utah University - Cedar City, UT [August 2001 – July 2004]

              Worked in all areas of academic office administration: scheduling, planning of recitals and concerts, recruitment, and retention

      Ticket Sales Representative, The Utah Symphony and Opera - Salt Lake City, UT [May 2000 – May 2001]

              Organized the University of Utah Student Outreach Program

              Assisted with subscriptions sales and the Community Outreach Program

      Box Office Manager, Inter-Borough Repertory Theatre Ensemble - New York, NY [March 2000 – April 2000]

              Managed ticket sales & ushers, and acted as an American Sign Language interpreter for a production of The Tempest off-Broadway

      Corporate Events Associate, Credit Suisse First Boston - New York, NY [December 1999 – April 2000]

              Assisted in the planning and execution of a variety of social events for this Wall Street banking firm

      Production Stage Manager, The National Theatre of the Deaf - Chester, CT [July 1998 – December 1999]

              Acted as stage manager for three education tours of this Tony ® award-winning theatre company

              Booked the touring performances and planned all travel

      Assistant to the Producer, Mountain Playhouse: Gristmill Productions - Jennerstown, PA [May 1998 – July 1998]
              Assisted the producer of this summer stock theatre in all areas of production
              Oversaw the negotiation and adherence of the Actors’ Equity Association contracts

      Box Office Assistant, The Sundance Film Festival - Park City, UT [January 1998 – February 1998]

              Worked in the call center for pre-festival package ticket sales of this world-renowned festival 

              Acted as a liaison between the box office and select filmmakers during the festival

      Professional Memberships

      Member, Americans for the Arts
      Member, Association of Arts Administration Educators
      Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals
      Member, Utah Division of Arts & Museums Change Leader Program [Certified]
      Member, Utah Museums Association
      Member, The Cedar City Arts Council

      Conference Presentations

      Locally Sourced: Grant Writing Out of the Box
              The Utah Museums Association Annual Conference
              Ogden, UT - October 2016
      Academic Impact: Experiential Learning in the Southern Utah Museum of Art
              The Association of Arts Administration Educators Annual Conference
              Portland, Oregon - April 2015
              Southern Utah University - Festival of Excellence
              Cedar City, UT - April 2016
      The Cumulative Apologia: Curriculum Integration and Program Evaluation
              The Association of Arts Administration Educators Annual Conference
              Montréal, Québec - May 2014
              Southern Utah University - Festival of Excellence
              Cedar City, UT - April 2015
      The SUMA Education Program: Building the Future from the Ground Up
              The Utah Museums Association Annual Conference
              Cedar City, UT - October 2014 

      Service

      Department

              AA Admissions Committee (Chair) [2013 – present]
              AA Graduation Committee (Chair) [2013 – present]

      College

              CPVA Dean and Chairs Council [2013 – present]
              CPVA Curriculum Committee [2013 – present]
              CPVA Faculty Support Fund Committee [2013 – present]
              CPVA Program Review Committee [2013 – 2014]

      University

              SUU Advisory Board for Learning Abroad [2016-present]

              SUU Graduate Council [2013 – present]
              SUU Graduate Curriculum Committee [2013 – present]
              SUU Institutional Review Board Committee [2014-present]
              SUU Peer Mentoring Program [2013 – 2014]
      City

              The Cedar City Arts Council Board (Executive Committee) [2010 – 2015]
              The Southern Utah Museum of Art Advisory Board (Ex Officio) [2015-present]

      State

              The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII - Utah Respondent [2016-present]

              The Utah Museums Association Board (Development Committee) [2013 – 2016]
              The Utah Division of Arts and Museums Projects Granting Panel [2013]

      Nation

              The Association of Arts Administration Educators (Membership Committee) [2014 – 2016]
              The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII Board (Arts Leadership Chair) [2016-present]


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