Rachel Damon Professional BiographyRachel Damon has been working in the theatre since she ﬁrst appearedas a Lost Boy in Peter Pan at the age of 6. She has been involved in oversixty productions in the course of her career, ser ving as the director forover thirty of these productions. Rachel is a director, drama teacher,stage manager, scenic designer and actress. She is a graduate of ColbyCollege in Water ville, ME with degrees in Theatre and Dance andAmerican Studies. She has performed at the Drill Hall Theatre inLondon, England as well as many venues in Maine. She worked in theeducation department at the National Theatre Museum in CoventGarden, London, UK, and studied with the head of musical theatre at theRoyal Academy of Music as well as professors from the Central LondonSchool of Speech and Drama. She has been the Artistic Director of theChebeague Children’s Theatre for the past eleven years. Rachel taughttheatre at The Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.She is currently the director of the drama department at AllenAcademy in Bryan, Texas.
Allen AcademyDrama Department Director ! Responsible for creating a dynamic drama program. ! Wrote the scope and sequence, created curriculum and taught a variety of electives including: Middle School Drama, Drama 1, Drama 2, Technical Theatre 1, Technical Theatre 2, Musical Theatre, Film Theory and Analysis. ! Revised the curriculum and taught the Speech/Communication Applications Class ! Implemented Lower School Drama Club and Middle/Upper School Drama Club. ! Produced, directed and designed an all school musical with 60 students in grades 1-12, a Lower/Middle School Musical with 30 students in grades 1-8, and a Middle/Upper School Musical with 35 students in grades 6-12. ! Served as the Middle School academic advisor for 6th and 7th grade students. ! Coordinator and sponsor for TAPPS Academic Speech Competitions. ! Sponsor of the Allen Academy Dance Crew. !Allen Academy is the oldest private school in Texas.
Words from Allen Parents.....“I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you formally for what was a fantastic experience for Aleksanderand Katarina as actors inthe Aristocrats! It was their ﬁrst experience with the theater and the way you coached them through the whole process was justwonderful to watch. They and their friends eagerly await next year’s production! As a volunteer on the marketing committee whose goalit is to increase enrollment, I also wanted to thank you for assisting us with that process. I have never seen so many happy parents andgrandparents in one room before! Everybody was amazed at what you were able to do with 30 inexperienced kids in 5 short weeks. This isexactly the kind of opportunity parents who choose Allen are looking for!” Hege Kalaouze- Lower School ParentI am sorry I did not speak to you personally on Saturday night or Sunday after the performance, but I want to thank you for theextraordinary effort you put into the production.! I know you will say that it is your job and you do it for all the students, but it still takesextraordinary people to be willing to put in that kind of effort.! I am especially appreciative of the experience, and even better the challenge,this has been for Lucas. We enjoyed the performances of all the students.” Liska Lusk- Upper School Parent“I cant tell you how much your support means to Jessica and the de Jong family. This whole process has been quite the ordeal for us; in factI had no idea what we were in for, but we are at the end of the road and it feels great! ..I want you to know, she was accepted to!8 of the9!of the colleges she applied for (we havent heard the ﬁnal verdict of the 9th yet!) thanks to your hard work and dedication. She has had awonderfully successful audition process as well and is excited about her "next step." Jennie de Jong- Upper School Parent"Ms. Damon-- I was very disappointed to hear that you will not be returning to Allen next year. Donald was very impressed with theproductions he saw and we both thought you did a fantastic job with the younger kids with ArtistoCats. I know Dawson has enjoyed havingyou for advisory as well and we appreciated your advocacy for the kids. Our loss will be someone elses gain." Patsy Deere- Middle School Parent
Words from Landmark Parents....."I just wanted to thank you again for all the work it must have taken to mount The Royal Family and to congratulate you on the ﬁneproduction we saw on Friday and Saturday.!!Most of all we wanted you know how grateful we were to see our son Kidd, so happy.!! He hasundergone a sea change over the last 15 months and your support and guidance has given him a sense of himself and a feeling of belongingto something truly successful he never experienced before coming to Landmark. There are no words to express the gratitude Janey and Ifeel." Ken Campbell- Parent"We really appreciated your ﬂexibility in meeting with us in November instead of at the parents weekend.! It enabled us to see yourwonderful production of The Royal Family without the expense and time off of work for another trip.!!! Kidd really loves theatre (learned atLandmark!) and is particularly fond of working with you.! His new found conﬁdence is breathtaking and he had quite a struggle between thewinter play and swimming!! As I said when we met, I hope that you will not hesitate to contact us for any reason.! Thank you so much." Janey Campbell- Parent“This is a tardy but no less heartfelt thank you for being able to see the spark in Kidd and for working with him so well this year.! We hadsome incredible teacher conferences on May 9th while we were in town and they, across the boards, told us how much he had opened upand become more self-conﬁdent this year.! A few of them even used the word, leadership.! We know that this is no coincidence and can’tthank you enough.! We are sorry that you are leaving Landmark, but know that where you end up, many will beneﬁt.” Janey Campbell- Parent"The reviews are in, and The Royal Family was a smash hit!!!The actors did a terriﬁc job with!very complicated dialogue and scenes, andthe magniﬁcent set and costumes left the audience wondering if they had been magically transported to a Broadway show!"! Linda Darveau- Parent“Dear Ms. Damon and your awesome drama class- All I can say is wow! You guys are really gifted! You did such an outstanding job and itwas so much more than I expected. You were funny, creative, lyrical, and still did a great job of conveying the idea, essence of perseverancein a way that was enjoyable. You are all truly awesome. I received many compliments about the assembly and I hope you did too becauseyou were so much a part of why it was so good! Thank you!” Sincerely, Mr. Bill Ferguson- Chaplin
Landmark Stage CompanyTheater Director/ Language Arts Tutor ! Responsible for directing and designing three theatrical productions: a fall drama, winter entry for the Massachusetts Drama Guild One Act Play Festival, and spring musical. ! Created curriculum and instructed a beginning acting class and an advanced acting class ! Received intensive training in diagnosing language based learning disabilities and in creating strategies to ensure student academic achievement. ! Taught four one on one language arts tutorials for students with a broad range of language based learning disabilities, ex. dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder and written expression disorder. ! Member of the residential life staff living in a dorm with 18 high school girls. !The Landmark School is internationally recognized as a leader in the ﬁeld of language based learning disabilities.
Words from Administrators.....“Rachel Damon is a talented, professional, and well-organized drama director .Rachel has a good grounding in technicaltheatre, production, and direction. She has the ability to multitask and met her commitments in a responsible,professional fashion. She is enthusiastic about her work and relates well to students. While Rachel is not a diva, she isserious about her work and, in turn, expects that her actors and colleagues will respect the required commitment.” Phil Deely, Head of School Allen Academy"I want to express my deep appreciation for the work you have done here at Landmark. Juggling all your duties were achallenge that you met on a consistent basis. Your case managers have sung your praises and the theater productionswere superior. I wish you the best of luck in your search for a new venue. Thank you again for your good work." Henry Willette, Academic Dean Landmark School“Her students have varying decoding and comprehension levels and Rachel is responsible for designing and implementingcurriculum that will both teach and interest them. This can be a challenging task, which Rachel handles extremelywell.She is well prepared for and delivers the lesson in a meaningful, structured manner that allows her students to beneﬁtfrom what is being taught. She provides ample opportunity for students to demonstrate what they are learning andadapts readilyto their further needs. Rachel is a kind person who is able to relate to her students in an understandingbut not condescending manner. She is encouraging and supportive when making corrections and consistently treats herstudents in a mature, adult fashion. I highly recommend Rachel for any position that would capitalize on herconsiderable teaching strengths. Her knowledge, understanding, and willingness to invest extra effort would make heran asset to any teaching staff.” Gail Kent, Academic Case Manager Landmark School
Words from Colleagues....."Rachel established high standards of effort, commitment, and responsibility for participating students. She selected achallenging period comedy for the fall season, and used creative acting exercises to help strengthen students’ skills indiction, movement, timing, character exploration, and other key performance elements. Rachel drew on her extensiveknowledge of theatre history and American cultural history to inform the students’ understanding of the plays andtheir characters. Under her direction, Landmark’s actors had opportunities to practice acting with a new, greater degreeof rigor and complexity...I can speak highly of Rachel’s skills as a collaborator. Rachel took an early interest in thework of the costume shop, providing a clear, innovative, and achievable design vision for each production, while allowingthe students and meto explore and ultimately decide what pieces would best express our design perspective. Rachel wasparticularly supportive of students in their creative work, so she took care always to praise and encourage their efforts.The appreciate on of a director is invaluable for a student who is learning to costume, and Rachel provided thisafﬁrmation for our students again and again,” Kathryn Ginn, Colleague Landmark School"Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed The Aristocats show on Friday night. The cast selection was genius! Thecostumes were colorful and cute! The play was adorable and at the perfect pace to keep it alive! The lights and soundwere great too! Congratulations to you and the rest of the cast. Thanks again for such a wonderful production!" Bobbie Jill Lively, First Grade Advisor Allen Academy
Chebeague Childrens TheatreArtistic Director ! Created a summer theatre program for students ages 6-9. ! Responsible for producing a full-length musical (choreograph, direct, design and build each show) for children ages 6-18 each summer. ! Created adaptations of musicals to suit cast’s talents, as well as complete publicity for production including audition notices, program and posters. ! Highlights include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Alice in Wonderland, The Music Man, Into the Woods, Annie, Oliver!, Peter Pan, Bugsy Malone. ! Chebeague Island is an un-bridged island off the coast of Maine.
Words from Students.....“i just wanted to say thanks for being such a fun, energetic director and putting so much time and work into the show. CCT would never bethe same without! you!!!!” Tess Hinchman- Lower School Student"Thank you so much for the opportunity to be in “Hamlet.” I honestly had such a wonderful time day after day. I feel really privilegedthatyou asked me to be a part of it. I know sometimes Opheliahad a little too much to say for herself, but I hope in the end I did you proud. Youdid amazingjob pulling us together. Thank you for all of your hard work.” Sarah Shlek- Actor"Thank you so much for being our director! I can’t wait to do it again next year!” Abby and Sadie Dutton- Middle School Students"Thank you for helping to make Bugsy Malone a fun and memorable show! I really enjoyed playing an English reporter using the accenttapes that you gave me. At ﬁrst I was worried that I would not be able to speak with it in time, but you have been encouraging andinstructive every step of the way. Thank you for helping me getmy feet wet in the world of acting and reminding me that everyone has aspecial part to play.” Laura Ginn- Upper School Student"You are a marvelous director and you put together a great show! It has been such a fun experience, and I shall miss it! Thank you! “ Tara Studly- Actor"Thanks for a great experience with Powder and Wig. I’m sure you’ve roped me and Geoff in! You’re the best!” Cindy Meadow- Actor"Thank you so much for such a wonderful college theatre experience. You are in inspiration to me in the future!” Brandon Brankin- Actor"Thank you for taking me on as Robert. You don’t have to thank me for covering, it has truly been a pleasure.” Aaron Stepka- Actor"It has been a pleasure. You made the show what it was, and I believe that was great!” Geoff Meadhal- Actor
Directing ExperienceYear Title Author Producing Organization2010 Spring Showcase Adapt.Rachel Damon Allen Academy Theatre, TX2010 Disney’s The Aristocats Kids Richard Sherman Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie Dick Scanlin Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Disney’s Cinderella Kids Al Hoffman Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr Dick Scanlin Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2009 Grease Jim Jacobs Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Adapt. Rachel Damon Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Bugsy Malone Paul Williams Allen Academy Theatre, TX2008 Picasso at the Lapin Agile Steve Martin Allen Academy Theatre, TX2008 Return to the Forbidden Planet Bob Carlton Chebeague Island Players, ME2008 Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. David Simpatico Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2008 Anything Goes Cole Porter Landmark Stage Company, MA2008 All in the Timing David Ives Landmark Stage Company, MA2007 The Royal Family George S. Kaufman Landmark Stage Company, MA2007 The Music Man Jr. Meredith Wilson Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2006 The Love List Norm Foster Chebeague Island Players, ME2006 Into The Woods Jr. Stephen Sondheim Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2005 Peter Pan J.M. Barrie Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2005 Marisol* Jose Rivera Department of Theater, Colby College, ME2005 An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2004 That’s Entertainment! Adapt. Rachel Damon Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2004 It Had to Be You* Adapt. Anna Sullivan Drill Hall Theatre, London UK Boy Gets Girl Rebecca Gillman Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare2003 Dog Lady Maria Sanchez Scott Workshop Performance, Colby College, ME2003 Sex Lives of Superheroes Stephen Gregg Workshop Performance, Colby College, ME2003 The Philadelphia David Ives Workshop Performance, Colby College, ME
Directing ExperienceYear Title Author Producing Organization2003 Bugsy Malone Jr. Paul Williams Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2003 The Laramie Project Moises Kauffman Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2003 Words, Words, Words David Ives Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2003 15 Minute Hamlet Tom Stoppard Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2002 Oliver! Lionel Bart Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2001 Annie Thomas Meehan Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2000 A VonTrapp Adventure Rebecca Marr Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME1999 Miss Hannigan Returns Rebecca Marr Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME1998 Alice in Storybookland Rebecca Marr Chebeague Children’s Theatre, MEStage Managing Experience2005 Marisol Jose Rivera Department of Theater, Colby College, ME2004 Buried Child Sam Shepard Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2003 Faust, a Masked Telling Tavia LaFollette Department of Theater, Colby College, ME2003 Politian Edgar Allan Poe Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2002 Wait Until Dark Frederick Knott Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2002 Picasso at the Lapin Agile Steve Martin Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2001 Bedrooms and Corridors Noah Charney Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2001 Marisol Jose Rivera Greely High School, Maine One Act Festival2000 The Sound of Music Rogers,Hammerstein Greely High School, Cumberland ME2000 Close Ties Elizabeth Diggs Greely High School, Maine One Act Festival1999 Fiddler on the Roof Jerry Bock Greely High School, Cumberland ME1999 April Fish Ted Pezzulo Greely High School, Maine One Act Festival
Scenic DesignYear Title Author Producing Organization2010 Disney’s The Aristocats Kids Richard Sherman Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie Dick Scanlin Allen Academy Theatre, TX2009 Disney’s Cinderella Kids Al Hoffman Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr Dick Scanlin Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2009 Bugsy Malone Paul Williams Allen Academy Theatre, TX2008 Picasso at the Lapin Agile Steve Martin Allen Academy Theatre, TX2008 Return to the Forbidden Planet Bob Carlton Chebeague Island Players, ME2008 Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. David Simpatico Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2008 Anything Goes Cole Porter Landmark Stage Company, MA2008 All in the Timing David Ives Landmark Stage Company, MA2007 The Royal Family George S. Kaufman Landmark Stage Company, MA2007 The Music Man Jr. Meredith Wilson Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2006 Into The Woods Jr. Stephen Sondheim Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2005 Peter Pan J.M. Barrie Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2005 An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2004 Oleanna David Mamet Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2004 Buried Child Sam Shepard Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2004 That’s Entertainment! Adapt. Rachel Damon Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME2003 Politian Edgar Allan Poe Powder and Wig, Colby College, ME2003 Bugsy Malone Paul Williams Chebeague Children’s Theatre, ME
Workshops and Training !Colby College: BA in Theatre and Dance (Magna Cum Laude, distinction in major, Dean’s List every semester) ! Royal Academy of Music: Voice and Movement with Karin Robinowitz (Head of Musical Theatre Department) ! Central London School of Speech and Drama: Physical Theatre with Caroline England ! The University of London: Contemporary British Theatre with Robert Gordon ! The National Theatre Museum, UK: Stage Makeup, Acting, Directing, Edwardian Toy Theatres, Marionettes, Shakespeare, Costuming, Theatre History, London’s West End ! Direction: Laura Chakravarty Box, Anna Sullivan ! Stage Management: Julie Gerry ! Theatre History: Laura Chakravarty Box, Richard Sewell ! Taking Shakespeare’s Word For It!: Richard Sewell ! Directing Shakespeare: Shenandoah Shakespeare Express ! Stanislavsky Method Acting: Joylynn Wing, Anna Sullivan ! Physical Theater: Caroline England ! Puppetry: Tavia LaFollette ! Storytelling: Mike Dasiey ! Commedia del Arte: Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell ! Improvisation: Joylynn Wing ! Stage Combat: Richard Hedderman ! Theatrical Design: James Thurston ! Costume Design: Jen Caprio, Anne Kenney ! Accents: British Accent (RP), American Southern Accent, New York Accent
“Rachel is charismatic, articulate and energetic. She bringsambitious projects to successful conclusion. Rachel is a rock ofreliability: both the faculty and the students know they candepend on her…Rachel’s organization, creativity, and keeninstincts in the theater arts allow her to be multitalented in thisﬁeld. These natural instincts and creativity show up in herdirectorial work as well. She is uninhibited and adventuresome inher role as a director, laying a foundation of security and trust inwhich her cast members feel conﬁdent in the choices she makes asa leader..Rachel is a gift to the world of theater… she is trulyunique and her passion and enthusiasm and impossible to ignore.” - Tavia La Follette, Professor