Rachel E Anderson-Rabern Associate Professor of Theatre, Theatre Program Co-Director, Department Chair of Theatre & Dance

Office: MEY200



 As an artist/scholar, Rachel’s work centers on the ethical, political, and aesthetic stakes of contemporary theatre-making. On the stage and on the page, she investigates playfulness, improvisation, partnership, processes of group creativity, and fun. Her written scholarship includes the book, Staging Process: The Aesthetic Politics of Collective Performance (Northwestern University Press, 2020), multiple book chapters, and articles in publications including Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, European Stages, and Imagined Theatres. Her artistic scholarship, most often focused on directing and devising performance, has appeared at: Philadelphia Fringe Festival (Philly) where her company Three Sheets won the Best Digital Performance award in 2022 for their original piece Next Chapter. She has also directed for Pear Avenue Theatre (SF Bay Area), Stanford RepertoryTheatre (SF Bay Area), Miracle Theatre Group (Portland OR), and multiple colleges and universities on both coasts. http://www.rachelandersonrabern.com/

Research Interests

Contemporary Performance, Experimental Performance, Devised Theatre, Improvisation, Ensemble, Partnership, Politics of Collaboration, Processes of Directing, Gender and Artistic Leadership, Playfulness, Slowness, Smallness, Fun, Yurts, Barns, Cabins, Fields, Trees, Bicycles, etc.


B.A., Reed College

Ph.D., Stanford University

Courses taught  

TND 110 Global Theatre Perspectives

TND185 Production Studio I

TND 186 Acting I

TND 2xx Theatre in Community

TND 2xx Gender in Performance

TND 385 Production Studio II

TND 386 Directing

Special Topics in: Collaboration Studies, Creative Partnership, Actor Training, Theatre History