Rachel is Artistic Director of Avant Cymru. She founded the company in September 2015, having moved back home to the Rhondda, with the aim of providing further opportunities for professional artists to collaborate, create and teach in the Valleys.
Rachel is an actress, dancer, choreographer and teacher. Rachel trained as a performer at Swindon Dance and then London Studio Centre, she was part of the Pineapple Performing Arts Troupe and has worked in TV, Film, the West End and regional theatre professionally since 2006, for companies including the BBC and ITV.
Rachel has a passion for the community which came from childhood, when she would listen to her grandfather sing and perform in a Welsh Male Voice Choir. This in turn inspired her to perform, giving her the drive to inspire others in the same way. After getting involved with National Theatre Wales TEAM as an evaluator she was inspired to get further involved in the company as she was inspired by their values and mission.