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About the work


Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez (she/they) is a Philly based actor, poet, organizer, trauma informed teaching artist and facilitator. They are the Operations Associate of Spiral Q and is a member of the Artistic Squad of Delaware Shakespeare Theater. Rachel has spent the last decade working with theater companies throughout the region such as Power Street Theatre, Die Cast, Theatre Exile, Simpatico Theatre, The Wilma Theater, the Arden Theatre, and EgoPo Classic Theater. Rachel received her Master’s in Theater in 2017 from Villanova University.

Rachel’s work is rooted in their experience living with PTSD. They explore generational cycles, boundaries, borders, and liberation through poetry and performance. Rachel’s first play Bluebeard was produced with Manayunk Theater Company in 2020, and their first poem was published in the recently-closed Toho Journal (Vol. 2 Issue 2, 2020). Rachel’s adaptations of Sonnets were featured in Rev Shakespeare’s 154 REVISTED. To follow Rachel’s creative journey her @the.inter.section on Instagram.

Teaching and Facilitation

Rachel was trained in anti-racism facilitation through the Equity & Justice for Institutional Change program at No Dream Deferred in New Orleans, LA and in trauma informed teaching artistry through Stockton Rush Bartol. Drawing from these practices, and the transformative work of adrienne maree brown and Prentis Hemphill, Rachel’s work is deeply rooted in harm reduction, healing, and building community through storytelling and conversation. Rachel has served as an adjunct professor at Rowan University (Experiencing Acting) and at Villanova University (Creativity and Fundamental Principles of Acting). Rachel’s also taught middle school and high school students throughout Philadelphia with Philly Young Playwrights, the Wilma Theater, and the International Performing Arts for Youth Festival.

Non-Profit Management Whiz

Rachel serves as the Operations Associate of Spiral Q and is a proud member of the Artistic Squad of Delaware Shakespeare Theater. Rachel spent three years as the Program Coordinator of the Wilma Theater’s Portable Studio program which brings free theater and storytelling classes to adults throughout Philadelphia. In their early twenties they ran a theater company all by themselves as a Company Manager, but that’s what she considers a previous life. Rachel’s time at Villanova University included receiving a certification in Non-Profit Management from their Public Administration program.

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