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Originally from upstate New York, Rachael Yoder is a professional actor and educator currently based in Chicago where she lives with her husband Michael. She holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in Theater from SUNY College at Brockport. She is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting 2-year Conservatory Program, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. 

 

Rachael is the Co-Artistic Director of The Outer Loop Theater Experience, a 501(c)(3) theater and humanitarian organization focused on Theater for Social Change and new work development. She also serves as Co-Director of The Humanity Project, an arts-based initiative of The Outer Loop that supports community development projects in Tanzania. Through her work with The Humanity Project, she has overseen the production of multiple theatrical projects that shed light on the needs of remote Tanzanian villages, subsequently leading to the construction of a maternity clinic, a health center, four wells, and a community market. She is deeply passionate about equity, social justice, and supporting marginalized and underserved communities through artistic and developmental initiatives.  

Rachael is committed to utilizing applied theater techniques outside of a traditional theater setting, and has worked extensively as an Actor/Facilitator with prominent corporate clients where she facilitates multi-week leadership development programming, and collaborates with Human Resource departments to achieve broader organizational development goals. Rachael has experience employing innovative and creative programming methodologies, utilizing applied theater techniques to simulate workplace scenarios in a training setting to enable participants to practice leadership skills in a psychologically safe environment.

Rachael brings a grounded intensity, authentic warmth, and emotional duality to her work on stage and screen. Think the good hearted yet unstable girlfriend who may have taken things a step too far, the reluctant hero with rough edges in a post-apocalyptic world, or the rookie Chicago ER doctor with an unexpected natural talent for bedside manner.

Rachael is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, an MBTI Certified Practitioner, and speaks conversational Swahili. Asante kwa kusoma!

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