Rachel Aberle • Playwright
A graduate of Studio 58, Rachel is a playwright, director, performer, and the Associate Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre. As a performer she has appeared with companies including The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Caravan Farm Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and toured Firehall Arts Centre’s hit show Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen across Canada for over four years. Her debut script Still/Falling (Green Thumb Theatre; Jessie Award–Significant Artistic Achievement) has played to over 40,000 young people across North America, and her second script The Code (Green Thumb Theatre; Jessie Award–Outstanding Production, Sydney J. Risk Prize–Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Writer) begins its second tour this fall, including a three week run at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre. Her directing work includes co-directing Green Thumb’s 2017 revival of Not So Dumb, directing the most recent tour of Celestial Being, and directing and leading the creation of I Know What I Saw with fourth term students from Studio 58’s professional theatre training program. Rachel was selected for the 2017 Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre and was one of only 15 international artists selected for the ASSITEJ Next Generation Program at the 2018 ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Beijing.