RACHEL BLACK SPAULDING
Welcome to my site! I began my theater career on stage, and in a wee bit of film. I have been directed by such legends as Susan Stroman, Woody Allen, Mike Ockrent, Gracielle Daniele, and Paul Gemignani; and have performed with such luminaries as Roger Daltrey, Hal Linden, Roddy McDowell, Tony Randall, Terrance Mann, Ben Vereen, to name a few. My work as an actress has been described by the New York Times as “lovely, smart, and well informed”; by The Star Ledger as “commanding”; by Talkin Broadway as “compelling” and “accomplished”; and by the NJ Arts Maven as “in full sail on high tide”. On film, I recently stepped into the role of Sister Roberta in Motherland, a short film by award winning, Emmy-nominated Bongiorno Pictures.
As a Director, my credits include a sold out Off Broadway run at 59E59 Theatres of The Widow of Tom’s Hill to rave reviews, an award winning play by Aleks Merilo. I took Widow to 59E59 after directing its workshop at Luna Stage, a premiere regional theater in NJ. My direction of Widow at 59E59 was described by Broadway World as “Intriguing ... haunting … wonderfully staged”; by Theater Scene as “Alluring and powerful”; by Woman Around Town as “A Tour de Force … masterful”; by Theater in the Now as “stimulating and captivating ...”; and NY Theatre Guide remarked how successfully “Spaulding transmit[ed] the intimate character of the writing …”. Other directing credits include: Little Women at the Doris M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center (for which I received Montclair State University Foxy Nominations in two different directorial categories, Our Town at Montclair Kimberly Academy Upper School's Deetjan Theater, My Perfect Pet by Jeff Eisenberg at The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck and at the The Playroom in NYC, Ships by KJ Sanchez, Send It by Clare Drobot, Dissever by Amy Witting, Class Reunion by Phoebe Farber, and many other new plays at numerous play festivals at Luna Stage, The Theater Project, Strange Dog Theatre, Grove Street Theater, and more. I am the Associate Artistic Director of Scripts Up!, a NYC not for profit entity committed to developing and producing new works.
Since the spring semester of 2016 I've been hired to direct several works per semester written by grad students at NYU TIsch School of the Arts in the Steinberg Theatre for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing. I love play development, and its so much fun working with talented young playwrights. This program gives the students the opportunity to see their work up on its feet by professional directors and actors. (I've even been asked to act in a few, which is so much fun, because the mom characters are very colorful.) And of course the professors who have led this particular program are outstanding - Eduardo Machado, Daniel Goldfarb, and Rinne Groff.
In the summer of 2015, I was one of fifty-six directors worldwide invited to attend the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab a prestigious and intensive professional development/educational program fully funded by Lincoln Center Theater. There I worked on Stoppard’s The Hard Problem as my directing project, and gave two workshops in acting and voice utilizing Patsy Rodenberg's Technique to my fellow directors. In the same year of my participation, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab had been nominated – a second time - for a special Tony Award Honor.
In 2015, I was accepted into the highly competitive Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership Class. Through this program I became the recipient of an Observership with multi-award winning director Michael Grandage on HUGHIE on Broadway starring Forest Whitaker and Frank Wood, where I spent every moment of rehearsals through to opening night taking copious notes, and spending ample one-on-one time with Mr. Grandage discussing the production and his work as AD at The Donmar Warehouse in London! My stipend was funded by the SDCF.
From 2007 - 2017 I was a dedicated Literary Associate, consultant, and dramaturg at Luna Stage, a reputable regional theatre in NJ, where I devoted my skills to new play development.
As an Educator, I am a passionate teacher of drama and voice, as well as a private coach. In my private studio I prepare professional actors for auditions, and HS students for college auditions. I currently teach Drama at the Rosa Parks School in Orange, NJ through Federal Funding for under served communities. Since 2013 I have been teaching acting technique, scene study, and hand to hand stage combat at Musical Theatre Conservatory and its summer camp “Broadway Boot Camp”, where I also direct the summer and winter Scene Showcases. In 2014 I was a special guest teaching artist at Glenfield Middle School, a Magnet School for the Performing Arts, where I set “Magic to Do” from Pippin on a select group of students. For the ’14-’15 school year, I served as a judge for The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, a highly acclaimed and nationally recognized competition, granting scholarships and awards to HS students for outstanding achievement in all categories of performance in a High School musical. Earlier on, in 2000 I introduced Drama & Voice programs to the Central Queens YM & YMHA, NY, and for five years taught students there ranging in age from early childhood, to teens, to adults.
I am a member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab 2015, and the SDCF Observership Class 2015-2016.
In addition, I have utilized theater techniques as an Executive Speech Coach in the corporate world. But that is a whole other story. To visit my Corporate Site: