I’m Rachael. Storyteller and Human Being.
I’m also a lucky duck. I develop and perform original storytelling programs, coaching sessions and workshops all over the place in theater and arts spaces, community groups, schools and preschools, universities, businesses, and at conferences and festivals. I work with both traditional tales and personal narrative, either telling a set of stories to an audience or coaching a group or individual in the process of storytelling. Like, really. That's my job. And I love it!
Looking for the official bio? Look no further!
Rachael Harrington is a storyteller whose work has taken her around the globe, presenting joy-infused folktale and personal narrative performances and workshops for all ages in theater and arts spaces, community groups, schools, preschools, 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 presented workshops at New Jersey Association of School Libraries, New Jersey TESOL Conference, and the American Association of School Libraries National Conference, and is published in Voices, the New Jersey TESOL quarterly journal. She performs at festivals including The Uptown Arts Stroll, Gotham Arts Festival, and The Day of Water Festival on Governor's Island. She is a member of National Storytelling Network, The New Jersey Storytelling Network, and The Northeast Storytelling Network.
Her work includes performances of folklore and personal narrative, facilitating professional development and conference presentations on storytelling topics, and coaching groups and individuals in the art of story crafting and telling.
Rachael currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the National Storytelling Network.
Storytelling has given me a deep passion for the way a tale can speak to and enliven our hearts, guts, and imaginations. Anything is possible with a good story. I also love the way that storytelling helps us to stop and reconnect with each other-- human to human-- across all different socio-economic lines.
All audiences are awesome, but I do have a few favorites. Can't help it. I love working with English Language Learners and am also particularly interested in Social and Emotional Learning through storytelling in both the school and home environments.
I've done a few other things, like graduating from Pratt Institute with my Art Education Degree, co-founding a non-profit project call Essubi Arts, and illustrating a book. I've worked and continue to create as a performer/director/producer in theater and film.
My three kids and husband!
Comedy! I’ve trained at UCB, The P.I.T., The Magnet Theater, and studied clown with Kendall Cornell.
Travel and adventure!... and I always pack too many books and all my crochet hooks!
Athletics! I grew up playing soccer and continue to play the beautiful game. I’ve run a half marathon and have my eyes on my first marathon. I enjoy rock climbing until I get to the top.
In middle school, my parents gave me an old camcorder. I established my first video production company: Basement Productions. This is an excerpt from a circa 1997 film that was never completed due to... running out of tape?
What People Are Saying
"Keeping it all [The Doormen] together and moving towards a satisfying conclusion is Rachael Harrington’s direction. The Doormen has a lot of moving parts, each threatening to turn this great script into an okay live experience. Harrington, though, never lets this happen, opting for the smooth touch, with just the right amount of guidance and thoughtful blocking."
- Matt Roberson, nytheaternow.com
"Written with wit by Matthew Harrington and cleverly directed by Rachael Harrington Don Pedro de la Cebolla is peppered with deft homages to the likes of Monty Python and Abbot & Costello while with extreme subtlety asking us to think...the laughs simply do not stop, it is one of those wonderful pieces that are not just amusing but laugh out loud funny."
- Joy Keaton, speakthespeechipraythee
"Rachael has done several workshops and events with my students and their families, and the results have been amazing. She has a way of drawing the students in to the world of storytelling and then making them feel comfortable enough to tell their own stories. These experiences have been invaluable for my students. In addition to the storytelling, Rachael has come up with extremely creative lesson plans for me to work on with students before and after her time with them."
- Dana Tinajero, MIllburn ELL teacher