Rachael inspires individuals and audiences to cultivate joy in their lives through the art and craft of folk and personal narrative storytelling.
Performances, coaching sessions, and workshops with Rachael use the power of story and play to help people shake off the dust of the everyday in order to discover new ideas, build community and empathy, and tell their stories with clarity and heart.
Rachael is a professional storyteller who has traveled across the country and around the globe presenting joy-infused folktale and personal narrative performances and workshops for all ages in theater and arts spaces, museums, festivals, community groups, schools, and as a guest lecturer at Rutgers University. She was the recipient of the NYC Department of Education Arts and Family Engagement Grant and has collaborated with Salesforce to present a virtual story time with their events team.
She has presented workshops at The American Library Association, NJ Association of School Libraries, NJ Education Association, and National Storytelling Network Summit. She is published in Storytelling Magazine, School Library Connection, and Voices.
Her work includes performances of folklore and personal narrative, facilitating professional development and conference presentations on storytelling topics that help people and communities cultivate joy, and coaching groups and individuals in the art of story crafting and telling. Additionally, she produces and performs in independent shows and festivals and has worked as a director in theater and film.
Member: The National Storytelling Network (Mid-Atlantic Regional Director), NJ Storytelling Network, North East Storytelling, Clutch Full Circle, StateraArts.
Literacy, Writing, & Language Skills
What People Say
Parent of ELL Storytelling Workshop Participant
"For the first time in my daughter's life she could speak English publicly thanks to the storytelling, which was a great start point for her to face school life in a foreign country."
Donna Swift, Media Center Specialist
"Rachel Harrington holds her audience in the palm of her hand. Her stories are down to earth and accessible for all ages. She makes her characters come to life."
Francesco, HS Student
"From your presentation I learned that I should put all my heart in what I do, even if it is not a story."