Valerie Rachelle is a professional Director and Choreographer who has been freelancing for the past 17 years. Valerie was born and raised in Eugene, OR and toured the world with her magical (literally) parents and their professional illusionist show. Ms. Rachelle started as a dancer and was an apprentice ballerina with the Eugene Ballet Company. Along with her professional dancing, Valerie is also a classically trained singer. She attended California Institute of the Arts for her BFA in Acting and moved to LA where she co-founded a not-for-profit theater dedicated to producing new works – Lucid By Proxy. Valerie produced and/or directed 18 new plays over the past 14 years with Lucid and its other founding members. (www.lucidbyproxy.com) Valerie then attended the University of California Irvine for her MFA in Directing.
After graduation Valerie spent four years at PCPA Theaterfest (www.pcpa.org) where she was Casting Director/Resident Director/Choreographer. She also taught Movement and Audition Skills in their two year professional acting conservatory. Upon moving back to Los Angeles Ms. Rachelle started teaching in the Theater Department at the University of Southern California. Valerie also continued to cultivate new and innovative works including a new musical at the Academy of New Musical Theater in North Hollywood. Most recently, Valerie created, adapted, directed, and choreographed an experimental contact improv translation based on Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabbler.
Valerie has worked at theaters around the country including: Syracuse Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Glendale Center Theater, Performance Riverside, Lucid By Proxy, Oregon Cabaret Theater, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Utah Shakespearean Festival, El Camino College, Summer Repertory Theater, PCPA Theaterfest and many others.
Valerie’s most recent adventure takes her to Ashland, Oregon where she and her husband have acquired the Oregon Cabaret Theater. Valerie is now Artistic Director of OCT and is excited to usher the company into it’s 30th season. www.theoregoncabaret.com
Representation – Kathy Olsen – Encompass Arts (encompassarts.com – (212) 439-8055)