Rachael Swartz, MFA

Rachael Swartz


  • Musical Theatre
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Voice and Dialects
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Text Analysis
Rachael is a Milwaukee/Chicago based actor, director, vocal coach and educator. She teaches Musical Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Voice, Movement, and Text Analysis at UW-Parkside and serves on the acclaimed Acting/Musical Theatre Faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

Proud union member of both Actors' Equity and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Regional performance credits include: The 39 Steps (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret), The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse). Recent on-camera credits include work with the Travel Channel, ID, Oxygen and TV One.

She previously served as Education Director at Maples Repertory Theatre and The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Education Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and Director of Theatre Arts Camps at The Lost Colony.

She is a member of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and Dueling Arts International. Through the Lessac Training and Research Institute, she has achieved Lessac Practitioner standing and has been accepted to their Certified Trainer program. She has served as a voice, dialect, and text coach for productions in the U.S. and Philippines.

Research/Creative Awards

2022: Lessac Certified Trainers have demonstrated mastery of teaching Kinesensics Voice and Body Training to others. This mastery is determined through assessment by the Lessac Master Teacher Council of recorded teaching lessons and successful completion of a comprehensive written exam related to the concepts of Kinesensics Training. One must be a Lessac Practitioner to apply for Candidacy for Certification.

I was admitted to the Certification program in 2018. Certification has involved rigorous training, evaluation, observation and critique., Lessac Certified Trainer, The Lessac Training and Research Institute

Professional Service

2023: Committee Member - The Lessac Training and Research Institute
THEA 014 - Acting Practicum
THEA 014 - Performance Practicum
THEA 114 - Musical Theatre Appreciation
THEA 125 - Acting I: Fundamntls of Acting
THEA 150 - Text Analysis for the Theatre
THEA 214 - Intermed Acting Practicum
THEA 214 - Intermed Performance Practicum
THEA 224 - Acting for the Camera
THEA 228 - Voice and Movement I
THEA 299 - Independent Study:
THEA 314 - Advanced Acting Practicum
THEA 314 - Advanced Performance Practicum
THEA 317 - Dramaturgy
THEA 323 - Assistant Director
THEA 328 - Voice and Movement II
THEA 390 - Special Topics-Theatre Arts:
THEA 426 - Acting for Musical Theatre
THEA 499 - Independent Study:
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