Rachel Zake

Rachel Zake is a writer, actor, and director. A native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Boston University, Rachel used her degree in advertising and psychology for a few years before moving to Madrid and traveling the world. She landed in LA in 2010 to pursue her first love, acting, before stumbling into published writing. Rachel has published three books: Two People are Coming out of a Building(2014, fiction), The Nomad Diaries(2017, nonfiction), and Pants Off/Dance Off: A Gentleman's Guide(2019, nonfiction). Her plays have been seen onstage at Playwrights Local and other local venues. Rachel has been acting for over 27 years, having performed on numerous stages, including (locally): Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Cain Park, Playwrights Local, and Halle Theatre. A member of SAG-AFTRA, she has appeared in many TV shows, films, and commercials. She also served as Director of Playmakers Youth Theatre in Beachwood, OH for approximately four years. During that time, she directed over 40 casts of kids (ages 5 to 22) in musicals and straight shows and oversaw 17 other casts in various shows. Beyond the theatre, Rachel proudly serves on the Hathaway Brown Alumnae Committee.