Rachel Nwokoro (@RachelShapes) is a Cross-Disciplinary Storyteller. Believing that the story should be at the centre of the artistic process, she experiments with different media to unearth what each story needs.
Born and bred in London, she is a young black woman of Nigerian heritage. She has used her unfortunate life experiences to build an appreciation of the little things and has learnt how to find beauty in even the darkest spaces. She tells stories in a bid to understand things that she doesn’t, to find ways to be a better human, to encourage awareness and provoke thought around important issues and most importantly… because she loves it.
Although Rachel has been performing spoken word poetry for three years (nationally and internationally) she has been telling stories for much longer. She has worked professionally as an actor since the age of 13 after surreptitiously knocking on agent doors, getting signed and alerting her parents after the event. Some years later, Rachel was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for the Arts at Durham University where she read a BSc in Natural Sciences (Biology, English and French) for two years while directing multiple productions.
Rachel is currently training with a full scholarship at acclaimed drama school ArtsEducational Schools London and while simultaneously holding the position of Roundhouse Resident Artist.
She likes cuddles and pancakes so if you have either of the two then they will be happily received.
Former member of the prestigious Roundhouse Poetry Collective 2016/2017. Brainchild Festival 2017, The Last Word Festival 2017 - Roundhouse London, Shambala Festival 2016 & 2017; Sofar Sounds London (various), 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), Artist in Residence for Thames Festival Trust 2017 and more.
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 and more.
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, Rachel is dedicated to diversifying the representation of under-represented voices in the performance industry. Through professional experience, she has garnered skills in community outreach, participation work and social activism and therefore believes that positive change can be 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.