I’ve recently added a new hat to my collection and have begun directing. I made my theatrical director’s debut with the production of Kill Your Parents in Viking Alberta that opened the 2016 season at The Storefront Theatre in collaboration with Blood Pact Theatre. It received critical praise and I was also nominated for outstanding direction from the My Theatre World Awards.
— Rachel Cairns’s deft direction allows the dialogue to breathe, with pauses in all the right places. — Debbie Fein-Goldbach, Now NNNN
— Thanks to excellent acting under Rachel Cairns’s attentive direction, Bryce Hodgson and Charlie Kerr’s plot line compels from the get-go. — The Star, Karen Fricker
— This is Rachel Cairns first time directing for the theatre. Talented woman. There is a fight at the end of the play that is dandy, thanks to Nate Bitton. And an ending that leaves you with your eyes popping. Wow. — The Slotkin Letter
Along with my work behind the camera creating my web series, I now have two short films under my belt.
I co-directed Esmerelda’s Castle with my creative partner Sarah Hempinstall, and collaborated with Brendan Jeffers on the short Fowl Play, both in partnership with the YEAA Shorts Residency.
To quote the writer John Patrick Shanley “writing is acting is directing is living your life”, I count myself lucky to have so many creative and generous collaborators in mine. Expect more news from the directing front soon and stay tuned.
I hail from the wet west coast of this great land. The ions and hippie parenting fostered my laid back/chilled demeanour. But my fire based zodiac signs fuel the furnace in my belly. I trained as an actor in England at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where I dawned a black leotard and did some growing up, followed by some backpacking and sex, in no particular order. When I lived through my first real heart break I decided the experience was complete and moved to Toronto with a guitar (I did not yet know how to play) in tow.
Since then I have become a true Torontonian, living in the urban jungle, continuing to gig as a gun for hire, while pursuing the creation of my own work.
I love making things. I love acting in things. I love writing the things. Sometimes I will direct, said things. And usually I produce them too. Most importantly, I love doing these things with my fellow artists and partners in crime who make me laugh and feel… things.
I’d love you to check out my youtube channel and watch one of my web series or short films. Thanks for visiting, I’d love to hear from you about your things, and here’s to all the things to come.