Rachel Sears2

Rachel loves that her job allows her to take theatre to all sorts of people and communities around Canterbury and beyond. She enjoys working on projects that focus on learning, well-being and community cohesion and that celebrate creativity and the sharing of stories.

At The Court Theatre Rachel runs the Education Programme which includes work with learners of all ages ranging from passionate young children to CEOs wanting to develop their public speaking skills. She manages the improvisation company The Court Jesters who can be found on stage at late night comedy show Scared Scriptless and out and about in the community as entertainers at private and corporate events and community fundraisers. Rachel believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone and works on projects at The Court which increase accessibility and create new links between communities and the arts. 

Rachel has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University of London and a Masters in Applied Theatre from Manchester University. She has completed a Cultural Leaders development program, the Clore Leadership Program, which includes training opportunities, mentoring and secondment and recently took part in the Canterbury Future Leaders Programme run by The Committee for Canterbury.

Rachel is originally from England and her previous experience includes work for Artis Education, Creative Junction, Watermans Arts Centre, Attic Theatre Company and The Oldham Coliseum. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys reaching the top of mountains and exploring as many corners of New Zealand as possible.