Rachel Damon served as the Artistic Director of the Chebeague Children’s Theatre for fifteen years. She began acting with CCT in 1989 at the age of 6. Her first role was as a Lost Boy in Peter Pan. Rachel directed the Ohio Premiere of “Bye Bye Birdie, Young Performers’ Edition”. She worked with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to mount a middle school production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for their inaugural PROJECT38 Shakespeare festival, and directed one of the first school productions of “Disney’s The Lion King, Junior”. She is currently a Drama Specialist and MYP Coordinator working at an IB school in Albania.
Over the course of her career, Rachel has directed over 70 plays (including works by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, George Kaufman, David Ives, Christopher Durang, Jose Rivera, Steve Martin, Arthur Kopit) and musicals (including The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into The Woods, Oliver, Annie, The Music Man, Return to the Forbidden Planet and more) with actors ranging in age from 6-80. She has experience with stage management, costuming, improvisation, lighting, sound, scenic design and construction, costuming, improvisation, theatre history, dramaturgy, puppetry, tap, and choreography.
Rachel Damon graduated magna cum laude from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a B.A. in American Studies and Theatre and Dance. While at Colby, she studied abroad in London and worked with professors from the Central London School of Speech and Drama, Regents College, Goldsmiths College, and the Head of Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. She also had the opportunity to intern with the head of the Education Department at the National Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.
Rachel has taught drama, musical theatre, technical theatre, acting, speech, and film to students K-12 at independent schools in Massachusetts, Texas, Maine, and Ohio for the last 15 years. She created the theatre curriculum and wrote the scope and sequence for a K-12 school in Texas, a 9-12 school in Maine, and a 6-8 school in Ohio. After spending three years as a Drama Specialist at an IB international school in Singapore enjoying the and two years in Albania, serving as the PYP/MYP Drama teacher and MYP Coordinator and exploring Europe, she is excited to be back in Asia, teaching MYP Drama, IBDP Theater, and IBDP Film at an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rachel recently finished the year-long program to become an Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction trainer. She is passionate about the importance of Arts Education and working with teachers to help them enhance their practice.