As Exchange Artists we create theatre inspired by cultural exchange at home in Austin, TX and abroad. Through international collaboration and community engagement we empower our artists and audiences with fresh perspectives, new experiences and a strengthened sense of connection.
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Producting Artistic Director
RACHEL is an avid collaborator, and creator of original works as a director, actor and dancer for Austin, TX, international, and online audiences. Before graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (Theatre Performance and Direction & Religious Studies), she co-directed "Higher Ground" the first-ever student directed work to be produced as part of the McCoy Theatre's main-stage season. In New York, she created roles for Rapscallion Theatre Collective, Dramatic Adventure Theatre, Counts Media, Propinquity Productions, and the contemporary dance group The Poisonous Ladies. Since moving to Austin in 2008 she has worked with The Vortex, Trouble Puppet Theatre Co., Yellow Tape Construction Company, Zach Scott Theatre, Agni Productions, Imploding Fictions, FuseBox Festival, Shrewd Productions, and Cambiare Productions. She has directed internationally in Ecuador and Italy, has choreographed numerous plays, musicals, and Austin Guerilla Theatre performances, and has worked on several film and commercial projects as an actress and stuntwoman. Rachel is currently working on her MS in Education in International Contexts with the goal of developing ongoing programs for teaching English through theatre abroad. Thanks for visiting The Exchange Artists website!
Producing Exchange Artist
Katherine Craft (Playwright) is the Executive Director of Conspire Theatre, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing theatre workshops to incarcerated women in central Texas. She has a BA in Theatre from Austin College (Sherman, TX) and an MA in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths College (London, England). She has been a teaching artist for organizations in Austin (TAP), Dallas (Promise House), London (Clean Break) and Chicago (Barrel of Monkeys). She is also an actor and playwright whose last play, No One Else Will Ever Love You, completed a sold out run in Austin, TX in September of 2009.
Producing Exchange Artist
Bridget Farr left the freezing temperatures of Montana in 2010 to enjoy the opportunities and sweltering heat of Austin. She graduated with degrees in drama and linguistics from the University of Montana and continues that combination of interests by working as both a professional actor and a teacher of English as a Second Language at a charter school in north Austin. In the summers, she continues her work with Montana Migrant Education Program, an education program that serves the children of migratory farm workers. Before moving to Austin, Bridget went on tour with Missoula Children’s Theater which brought her to Texas for the first time. Austin acting credits include Chorus Child in The Story Seekers, Aemilia in Titus Andronicus, and Girl in Last Act Theater Company’s, Love in Pine. Bridget is represented by Wilhelmina Brown for film, modeling, and voice work.
Shannon Martin Quisenberry
Austin Guerilla Theater Director
Shannon has a musical theatre background and became involved with the Exchange Artists in early 2010 as a co-collaborator on two World Theatre Day projects, including the "Whole Foods Musical" as lyric writer and performer.
Shannon's professional credits include Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof, and Gypsy. She has trained with Theatre Under The Stars, A.D. Players, Marci Lynne-Solomon, the University of Texas, and Austin Musical Theatre. Other experience includes lead children's drama teacher, commercial video production and recording, lyrics writing, and numerous engagements as a vocal soloist and song leader. Shannon holds a degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin, and has lived and worked in Austin, Houston, and New York City.
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