Rachael Swartz is equal parts actress and educator.  She currently serves the Head of the BFA Acting program at Emory & Henry College, she is a member of the theatre faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and she is a proud member of Actors' Equity.  

 As an actress, she has performed in roles ranging from the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music to Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in The 39 Steps.  Additional favorites have included Betsy/Lindsey in Clybourne Park, Sara Jane Moore in Assassins, Artemis in Eleemosynary, Anna Andreyevna in The Government Inspector, and Mrs. Candour in The School for Scandal.  

 As an educator and vocal coach, Rachael has taught students grades Kindergarten through MFA Candidates in both university settings as well as schools and theatres across the United States and Canada.  She served as Guest Artist and Professor of Acting at Ashland University, Education Director at Maples Repertory Theatre and Clinton Area Showboat Theatre and the Director of Theatre Arts Camps at The Lost Colony.  She has additionally worked as a vocal coach, dialect coach, dramaturg, and production translator. Rachael is a member of VASTA – The Voice and Speech Trainers Association, The Lessac Institute and Lessac Practitioner, ATME – the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and Dueling Arts International. 

Rachael received her MFA in Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi and her BA in Theatre with a Minor in German from Baldwin Wallace University.