Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian, improviser and improv instructor with over 15 years' experience. She is also a free-style rapper.
Currently residing in New York City, Rachel performs weekly at The Peoples Improv Theater where she is also an improv instructor (“2014 Instructor of the Year”). Rachel tours nationally and internationally teaching and performing with many groups including Big Bang, and with free-style rapping Hip Hop comedy team, North Coast, who was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows in NYC” by Time Out NY. Heralded as an “improv whirlwind” by The Huffington Post, Rachel is also a writer, storyteller and actress, and has been featured on VH1, MTV, and on several podcasts and radio shows including This American Life, Risk!, Slate’s The Gist, and WBUR’s You’re the Expert.
Rachel has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), The PIT, ImprovBoston, Reckless Theatre and elsewhere - with Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky, Asaf Ronen, Will Luera, Jeremiah Jordan, Jon Gabrus, Brandon Gardner, Gavin Speiller, Chris Grace, Jen Curran, Doug Moe, Lydia Hensler and Jill Bernard. Rachel herself has led improv workshops all over the world, from Barcelona to Vancouver to Hawaii.
Rachel has been in the improv business for over 15 years. Based in NYC, Rachel is currently a faculty improv instructor at Miami Ad School and at The Peoples Improv Theater where she was awarded the 2014 PIT Teacher of the Year award for her work with beginner improv students. She has led improv workshops all over the world from Barcelona to Vancouver to Hawaii, and has worked with everyone from CEOs to TV actors to college students. Rachel’s “mistakes are gifts” philosophy empowers her students, getting the most unlikely candidates comfortable with trying, failing, and embracing “mistakes.”
“Rachel is a very passionate and giving teacher. She genuinely cares about each student’s progress and is amazing at providing supportive suggestions to help build skills and break habits.” -Morgan G., Actress
“Rachel has a way of making a total group of strangers foster a comfortable and safe environment. She was always encouraging and nurturing. Even when you were being corrected, you knew it came from a place of wanting to see you do better.” -Frank B., Writer and Actor
“Rachel is a tremendous improv teacher, especially if you are just starting out. I entered her Level 1 Class having not done improv for nearly 10 years. I was hoping to just shake off the cobwebs, but I immediately fell in love with the art form all over again. Much of that was due to inclusive and emotionally safe class environment that Rachel runs. All choices are encouraged and appreciated. She does a great job of guiding you without pressure or stress.”
- Steve B., Actor and Host of The Gamut Podcast