Rachel Brown is a proud alumna of Montclair State University. She one of very few MSU graduates to hold a B.F.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Acting and a B.F.A. in Dance. While studying at MSU, Rachel was the recipient of the CART Advisory Board Talent Award Scholarship, the Cento Amici Scholarship, Theater and Dance Service Award, and Linda Roberts Outstanding Senior Dancer Award. She also had the honor of being nominated and was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Award for her portrayal of Katherine Schaub in "Radium Girls."
In her professional life, Rachel is a founding company member and rehearsal director of moe-tion dance theater, a professional modern dance company (www.moetiondancetheater.org), based in Montclair NJ. She does various acting projects throughout NY and NJ and film work with Goodguys productions (www.youtube.com/user/goodguysproductions). She is also a judge for Groove Dance Competition.
Some favorite acting credits include: "Lower East Side Murder Mystery 1873: The Ryan case (Sally Watkins- Production Nominated for 2012 Drama Desk Award, Unique Theatrical Experience), Lower East Side Murder Mystery: 1975 (Claire Lombardi/ Original Cast) produced by LiveINtheater based in NYC. "reasons to be pretty" (Steph), "Dream of the Burning Boy" (Chelsea), "U.S. Drag" (Angela), "Fiddler on the Roof" (Tzeitel), "Cats" (Rumpleteazer), "La Cage Aux Follies" (Odette/Dance Capt.), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Ensemble/Dance Capt.), and before graduation, MSU's legendary production of "Cabaret" (Lulu/Dance Capt. Favorite Film Credits include short films: "Sunday Times" and "I'm in a Band." Rachel was also an original cast member of Gary Cohen's original children's musical "The Reluctant Dragon" as Michelle the Dragonette.
Rachel has choreographed for numerous theater companies, schools, and studios throughout NJ and NH. Most recently her choreography was seen right here at MSU for Spring 2013' "Andrew Lippa's Wild Party." Other favorite choreographic credits: "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Legally Blonde: The Musical," "Annie," "Sweet Charity," "Pippin," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Hair," "Godspell," and "Anything Goes. For Mount Washington Valley Theater Company (NH) Associate Director/Choreographer for "Cats," Associate Choreographer for "Cabaret."
As an educator, Rachel has taught Musical Theater Dance, Ballet 1, and Acting 1 at MSU. Movement for the Actor and Introduction to Dance at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Musical Theater at Broadway Dance Theatre in North Plainfield, NJ. She has taught workshops about creating fun, interesting, and easy choreography and using original choreography to inspire movement for The Speech and Theater Association of NJ. She has also had the honor of working with and performing the plays of elementary and middle school children with Young Playwrights Festivals at Playwrights Theatre of NJ.
Rachel continues to pursue a performance career and to teach whenever possible. Rachel hopes to inspire her students to take it "One Step at a Time" to make their career goals a reality.
Ballet, Modern Dance, Musical Theater Jazz, Choreography. Courses taught for Fall 2013: Ballet 1 and Ballet II for non majors