Australian native Rachel Weitner grew up in the capital city of Canberra. She discovered her love of theatre at an early age and has passionately dedicated her life to the craft of acting and to giving others the same inspiration to follow their own dreams and in the process create incredible art.
A professional actress for over 20 years, Rachel began studying theatre at age 16. Her professional debut, as Ariel, in “Ariel the Little Mermaid” followed only two years later.
Rachel studied acting, voice, improv and Shakespeare with some of the finest drama teachers in Australia, including Lindy Davies, Silvia Rands and David Wicks at the Victorian College of the Arts and Lorriane Merritt of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney Australia.)
Living in Melbourne, Australia for over five years, Rachel worked as a commercial actress and appeared in episodic television and numerous stage productions. Her favorite roles include: Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”; Juliet in “Julius and Juliet”; May in “Fool for Love”; Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. She also co-wrote and starred in “Wrong Way Go Back” for the Canberra Youth Theatre.
Rachel moved to New York City in 1998 and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for more than 2 years, under the instruction of Robert Castle, Dan Grimaldi, John Van Wyden, Penny DuPont and Geoffrey Horne.
Her acclaimed starring roles include that of Donna Marsala in the longest running off-Broadway show “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”, both in NY and on tour and as “Irene” in the off- Broadway play “Left-Overs”.
Onscreen, Rachel has starred in independent features “Just Lovers” and Till Proven Innocent,” as well as numerous other well-received motion pictures.
Rachel is also a theatre producer of many years. She is the co-founder of RannT Productions in New York, producing original works off-Broadway and has also served as former vice president of the Box Hill City Theatre Company in Melbourne, Australia and co-founder and former Managing Director of the “Guerilla Theatre Company” in Canberra, Australia.
Rachel's love of behind-the-camera work propelled her career as casting associate at Trading Pictures and assistant to the producer for I.C.E. (Independent Cinema Entertainment), traveling to the Cannes International Film Festival representing two films.
In 2004, Rachel co-founded “Envision Blue”, a web-consulting firm providing web solutions and creative viral marketing strategies to artists and other creative individuals.
Currently, Rachel teaches acting at the Maria Riboli Acting Studio in New York City. She also offers private coaching in Manhattan and Westchester County, preparing actors, both teens and young adults, for auditions and working on monologues and scene work. Equally important, Rachel firmly instills in her acting students real world advice on meeting agents and the business of acting.
“As I help my students uncover the truth of a character, I strongly adhere to Lee Strasberg's sound teachings that to achieve 'relaxation and concentration, spontaneity and awareness – it’s valid training leads to a balancing of these opposites.'”