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.
Rachel has designed video for Shane Filans Right Here Tour and has also vision mixed and camera directed for Madness and at the Special Olympics. She also produces and sells stock content online on Shutterstock.com.
In 2016/2017 Rachel took part in the ALD Lumiere Scheme assisting lighting designers Rick Fisher, Peter Mumford, Neil Austin and Prema Mehta. Rachel also became Peter Mumfords Associate on Maria Friedman’s production of Stepping Out when it transferred into the West End. Rachel then followed on to assist 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. Then Sam Mendes Production of The Ferryman which broke box office records at The Royal Court by selling out before it opened and was extended at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End running until January 2018. Rachel kept notes, plans and paperwork up to date and translated the plan using Vectorworks for the move into the Gielgud theatre. Making sure paperwork and focus plot was up to date for the run and any future moves.
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 and is an experienced follow spot operator.
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”
BA Film and Media Studies Manchester Metropolitan University September 2005- June 2006
Although this course was enjoyable Rachel felt she would be more suited to a technical course. During the first year of this course she was introduced to the history of film and media and produced analytical reports and essays on the future and past of media and film also doing practical units such as scriptwriting, advertising and photography.
Average 1st Year 2:1