Rachel Tuggle Whorton is a performer, director, arts educator, and current doctoral student in NYU’s Program in Educational Theatre. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Journalism and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Lipscomb University, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from NYU Steinhardt. She also holds a teaching certificate in K-12 Theatre from the state of Tennessee, where she taught high school choir and served as the Director of Theatre at Lipscomb Academy.
A classically trained pianist, Rachel has served as music director, accompanist, and vocalist for multiple groups across the country, including dance workshops for Broadway cast members of The Lion King, Chicago, The Book of Mormon and Catch Me if You Can. Rachel has also worked as a teaching artist with The Leadership Program, Wingspan Arts, StudentsLive, School of the Future, Professional Performing Arts School, and Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. Memorable directing/MD credits include Underground: The Unauthorized Ben Folds Jam Session, Crazy for You, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors, and Hush Little Celia.
As an adjunct instructor at NYU, Rachel teaches Theatre as Art Form along with Professor Joe Salvatore. She also works as the Program Assistant in Educational Theatre, curator of Instant Gratification: A 24-Hour Play Festival and Theatrix! 10-minute Play Festival, booking manager for Shakespeare-to-Go, and student teacher supervisor in both elementary and secondary placements throughout Manhattan. She has worked as a teaching assistant for Methods and Materials of Research in Educational Theatre, Devised Theatre, and the Dean’s Global Honors Seminar: Theatre as Art Form in London. Rachel appeared as a cast member in department productions of Alice: The Looking-Glass Girl (2010), Plays from the Provincetown Players (2011), and The Triangle Project (2011). She also served as the music director for the mainstage production, Meta (2013), and participated as a cast member in the New Plays for Young Audiences series at the Provincetown Playhouse.