Hardworking, conscientious and creative. I have worked in theatre, live music and events for over 10 years. I have assisted and associated for lighting designers in the West End and on Broadway and have relit and toured productions in the UK and Europe. I have also worked in Live music and theatre, designing and touring. Highly motivated and work hard to achieve goals.
I have designed the lighting for plays, musicals, pantomimes and dance. Most recently; The Little Mermaid (Cambridge Theatre Company), This Islands Mine at The Kings Head Theatre Islington (Ardent Theatre Company), Midsummer Nights Dream and Moulin Rouge at The Malthouse (Canterbury Kings School), Bess the Commoner Queen (Kevin Fegan Productions), Kings Head Theatre and UK Tour, Little Women and Jane Eyre (Guildford School of Acting). Previous lighting designs include: Matilda (Cambridge Theatre Company), Joseph K, The Greatest Showman, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love stories) (Canterbury Kings School), Sweeney Todd and The Nutcracker (Live LX) Snow White, Kettering Theatre (Jordan Productions), Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan (Prestbury Youth Pantomime Association) Snow White (Buxton Opera House co production with Channel Theatre. Whilst working at Buxton Opera House from 2013 to 2015 I 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).
This Autumn Rachel will be lighting Little Shop of Horrors (Canterbury Malthouse Theatre) and Hairspray (Cambridge Theatre Company)
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
Stage Jobs Pro (Mandy.com) – https://stage.mandy.com/uk/theatre-professional/profile/rachel-cleary
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”