Rachel Nwokoro (@RachelShapes) identifies as a Cross-Displinary Storyteller. Born and bred in London, she is a young black woman of Nigerian heritage. Through an unfortunate mix of battles, trauma and discrimination she has discovered an appreciation of seemingly small things and enjoys finding beauty in dark spaces. She writes in a bid to understand things that she doesn’t, asks questions to find ways to be a better human, encourages awareness and conversation around important issues and most importantly… because she loves it.
Currently training at acclaimed drama school ArtsEducational Schools London, newly appointed Roundhouse Resident Artist and member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
Rachel has been performing spoken word poetry for two years, nationally and internationally. After winning several well-contested slam championships and securing professional feature slots, Rachel has steadily grown in confidence and is grateful towards people who have supported her.
She likes cuddles and pancakes so if you have either of the two then they will be happily received.
Shambala Festival 2016 & 2017; Sofar Sounds London + Alumni gigs, Spit & Polish (Lion & Unicorn Theatre); StoryFest (The Storytellers, 5 Cromwell Place); 2x Spoken Word Paris (Au Chat Noir, Parmentier); 2x Spoken Word London (Anti-Hate Night, Vogue Fabrics, Dalston); Ronnie Scott’s (Jazz vs Jukebox); The Courtyard Theatre; The Battersea Barge; Farrago Love SLAM!; Farrago Easter SLAM!; Farrago School’s Out SLAM!; Silence Found a Tongue; Forget What You Heard (About Spoken Word); The Royal Court Theatre; Heaux Noire (Night celebrating Women of Colour - Cafe Cairo); Poetry Cafe; Interview - Women’s Quarterly Hour; Interview - Lunar Poetry Podcast; Chocolate Poetry Club; Boomerang Club; Incite (Phoenix Theatre Artists Club); Stonewall Equality Walk (Brighton); Host & Headline Poet at International Women’s Day (Brighton Dome)
RSC - Midsummer Night’s Dream - Bottom (Workshops) - 2016; Etcetera Theatre - At The Stroke of Midnight, Jack Blackburn, Testimonial to All Women Who Fall Short of Perfection (The Shadows Are Talking); Hild Bede Theatre, Hannah Jarvis, Arcadia, Tom Stoppard; Durham Student Theatre, Yosif, The Government Inspector, Nikolai Gogol; Soho Theatre, Jemima Kyle, On The Spot - Devised; Soho Theatre, Yard Gal - Showcase; Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Witches of Eastwick; Bridge Night, Tristan Bates Theatre; It’s Real on Road, Youth Inc; Luna Club, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
Royal Court Theatre, Lela & Co Dir. Jude Christian; + Workshop Manager - Birmingham Opera Company, The Ice Break Dir. Graham Vick CBE; + Stage Manager - Lion & Unicorn Theatre, Hamlet Dir. Katherine Wootton
Hild Bede Theatre - The Crucible, Arthur Miller; Hild Bede War Memorial (Immersive) - Goodbye Darling, God Bless You, Hannah Brennan; The Undercroft - Keep it Casual, Rachel Nwokoro (x2 runs); The Undercroft - The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster, Keep It Casual (Written by Rachel Nwokoro)
World Championship SLAM! Semi Finalist 2016 (Paris); Roundhouse Slam Finalist 2016; UK SLAM! Champion 2016; Farrago New Year SLAM! Champion 2015; Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion May 2015; Hammer and Tongue Slam Finalist 2015; Genesis SLAM Champion 2015; Genesis SLAM Finalist; Shambala Festival Slam (Slambala) Champion 2015
film and television.
The Well Being Therapy Centre - Advert, Social Comment Feature - SKY News - The Point, 2016; Poetry Advert Voiceover Test - George, Asda - Saatchi & Saatchi; Girl - FIFA World CUp 2010 Advert - McDonalds; Sarah - End of The Line - Youth Connexions, Laura Baylem; Loren - Genie in The House - Nickelodeon Productions, Rob MacGillivray; Grace - Homophobic Bullying Video - NSPCC, Barry Eyre; Daugher - Advert - Birdseye
Rachel Nwokoro is a young, passionate, grounded woman. Unapologetic in communication, dedicated to diversifying the representation of minorities in the performance industry and fascinated by unheard voices. Through professional experience, skills have been garnered specifically in community outreach and participation work, social activism and positive change created through the arts. She is open to discuss collaborating with anyone that has a project that aims to make the world a little better. So please get in touch.
Even small ideas can create change.