Rachel Felstein

Accent Training, Acting, Audition Prep, Audition Prep for Actors, Audition Prep from New School Alumni, Classical Voice, College Audition Prep, College Audition Prep for Actors, Composition, Ear Training, Music Theory, Musical Theatre, Piano, Pop Voice, Public Speaking, Scene Study, Sight Reading, Singing, Singing for Actors, Songwriting, Storytelling, Voice, Voice Diction

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A recent transplant to the LA area, Rachel grew up in New York City in a family of artists. Her father is a professional pianist and music director, and Rachel began studying piano and music theory with him when she was three. In addition to learning to read and play music Rachel was always singing. Growing up she took private voice lessons and attended LaGuardia Arts High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts (the “FAME” school) in Manhattan as a voice major. Rachel graduated high school with a number of awards and attended Mannes College the New School for Music as a Voice Performance major. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree with more graduation awards and spent the next few years singing opera and operetta, acting, and teaching students of all ages privately, through several children’s music companies in NYC, and with Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Rachel has been an actor all her life, inspired by her mother who has acted in film, television, and theater for nearly fifty years. After completing a two year Meisner training program with Brooklyn based acting guru Terry Knickerbocker, Rachel moved to Washington, DC and earned an MFA in acting at George Washington University and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She established herself as a member of DC's thriving theater community and performed with companies such as Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre, and more. During the pandemic shut down Rachel was a producer of a weekly concert series “Night @ Newcastle” from her home with numerous collaborators from the arts community, producing over 70 episodes. She then leapt into the post pandemic life by founding a theater troupe "Her Majesty & Sons", which produced two Shakespeare plays to critical and public acclaim. 

In addition to performing as an actor and musician, Rachel is an award winning composer. She has written, arranged, and music directed for multiple productions in NYC and DC. As a classical singer Rachel stays active as a staff singer at St. Therese Church in the LA area, and is delighted to be in rehearsals for a new opera "The Italian Lesson" to premiere in Los Angeles June 2023. Further down the pike, she is engaged by the Olney Theatre Center to star in their 2024 production of Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Soprano", a play with music in which she will have the opportunity to do some classical singing AND screwball comedy in the same show!

Rachel is a committed and experienced teaching artist who delights in students' progress and success. Able to be as organized or improvisational as the occasion demands, Rachel emphasizes both professional conduct and creative joy. Comfortable with all ages, Rachel utilizes knowledge gained from her wide variety of performance, teaching, and training to customize learning and the creative process. Rachel teaches all styles of voice, beginner to intermediate piano, acting, songwriting, and music theory. She embraces creativity in her instruction, and works to ensure her students feel empowered by their lessons and have a positive experience.

MFA, Shakespeare Theatre Academy at George Washington University, 2018 Graduate, Two Year Meisner Program with Terry Knickerbocker, 2017 Master of Music Candidate, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 2013 Master of Music Candidate, Mannes College the New School for Music, 2010 Bachelor of Music, Mannes College the New School for Music, 2009 Graduate, LaGuardia Arts High School Voice Program, 2005

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