Hardworking, conscientious and creative this individual has experience in theatre, live music and events. Rachel has assisted and associated for lighting designers in the West End and relit and toured productions in the UK and Europe. Rachel has also worked in Live Music, designing and touring. She is highly motivated and works hard to achieve goals. Enjoying a challenge she is a fast learner with existing knowledge of various equipment and applications used within the industry.
Rachel has designed lighting for plays, musicals, pantomimes and dance. Whilst working at Buxton Opera House from 2013 to 2015 she designed nine of Buxton Young Company’s productions including Ubu, The Crucible, Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast and The Accordion Shop (part of National Theatre Connections festival 2015). Since becoming freelance she has designed The Nutcracker and Sweeney Todd for Live LX and three pantomimes (Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan) for Prestbury Youth Pantomime Association. In 2016 Rachel returned to Buxton Opera House to light the youth production of Ali Baba and then Opera Houses Pantomime Snow White which is a co production with Channel Theatre. She then lit Snow White again in 2017 at Kettering Lighthouse Theatre for Jordan Productions. For the King’s School in Canterbury she has lit an adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial; Joseph K, a dance piece based on the music of The Greatest Showman and the play Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Stories and is returning in 2019 to light Midsummer nights dream and a dance piece based on the music if Moulin Rouge. For Cambridge Theatre Company she designed the lighting for Matilda, their Summer School Production and will be returning this summer to light Little Mermaid.
In 2016/2017 Rachel took part in the ALD Lumiere Scheme assisting lighting designers Rick Fisher, Peter Mumford, Neil Austin and Prema Mehta. She also became Peter Mumford’s Associate on Maria Friedman’s production of Stepping Out when it transferred into the West End, and assisted Peter Mumford on 42nd Street, taking focus notes, helping to keep paperwork up to date and directing follow spots during the filming of the Electronic Press Kit. Rachel then went on to assist on Sam Mendes’s Production of The Ferryman, which broke box office records at The Royal Court by selling out before it opened and was extended twice at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End running until May 2018. She kept notes, plans and paperwork up to date, and translated the plan using Vectorworks for the move into the Gielgud theatre. Rachel ensured paperwork and the focus plot were up to date for the run and any future moves. In October 2017 Rachel became Associate on the Ferryman due to two cast changes where she made all necessary changes, she then carried on her Associate role when The Ferryman transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway in September 2018. Earlier in 2018 Rachel assisted on Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Games at the Royal Opera House, a new piece created as part of the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centenary.
Starting in Neuss Germany Rachel took over half way through the Watermill Theatres tour of 12th Night and Romeo and Juliet designed by Tom White doing 4 venues of an 8 venue tour. After Neuss the tour then continued in the UK at Cheltenham Everyman, Wolverhampton Grand and then completed at its home venue of the Watermill Theatre. Touring with various LED practicals, programming on in house desks ETC Eos series.
Rachel worked at Buxton Opera house as a technician from 2013 – 2015. Once becoming freelance she has worked as LX number 2 on various tours throughout the UK and Europe including Brit Floyd, The Classic Rock Show, Shane Filan and Adam Ant she has also worked for Assembly at Edinburgh Festival. Rachel is experienced at rigging, de-rigging, focusing and trouble shooting Lighting and AV systems.
Association of Lighting Designers – https://www.ald.org.uk/rachelelizabeth
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Agent – https://www.harvey-thompson.com/rachel-cleary
1st Class Honours
BSC Media Technology
Manchester Metropolitan University September 2006 -June 2010
Programming (C++, Delphi), Light, Sound and Acoustics, Analogue and Digital Audio and Video, Multimedia Technology, TV and Sound Studios, Computer Systems Technology, CGI, Electronic Office Applications, Mobile Communication Technology
Final Year Project: “Investigating the Use of Geometrical Optics in the Theatre and its Use in Enhancing and Changing the Mood of a Scene”