About Rachel Wood

I have always had a life in the arts. I began acting at the age of 9, and directed my first play at the age of 16, and eventually used my gift at accents to become a dialect coach.

From a small farming community in upstate New York, I moved to Albany, NY, for a professional theatre and artist training program. After a year in Albany, I moved to New York City and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from Pace University, graduating with distinction after three years. I spent the next sixteen years working in NYC in theatre, film and the entertainment production industry.

As a theatre director, I’ve taken my work to various states in America and to Canadian festivals. As a performer, I’ve played to audiences of over a thousand people, as well as small off-Broadway stages. Following a trip around the world for 16 months, I returned to NYC in 2005 and was one of three directors chosen to attend the MFA theatre program at Sarah Lawrence College.

In July 2009, I moved to Cape Town, South Africa and fell in love with the country, the people and the possibilities. I lived in Cape Town for four years, working as an actor, acting and dialect coach, and theatre/film director. While working on a film near Namibia in early 2013, I realized it was time for me to return to New York and continue my craft on a bigger playing field. It also so happened that I was pregnant and wanted my son to be born in the U.S.! In November of 2014, we moved back to Cape Town and we are delighted to be back in the peaceful surrounds of Cape Town.

In addition to my arts work, I practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, I cherish loose-leaf tea and I am always reading something, whether it's a novel or a recipe!

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