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"One of the most exciting, original voices to come out of Canadian theatre in many years." - Jury from Infinitheatre's Write-on-Q
Rachel Mutombo is an award winning actor and writer. She is a first generation Canadian of Congolese (DRC) descent. Her experience of growing up as a child of immigrants combined with her experience of living at the intersection of race and gender heavily influences her work as an artist. She was featured on CBC’s The Filmmakers to discuss her opinions on Kim Nguyen’s film Rebelle (War Witch).
Rachel is an acting graduate of John Abbott College Professional Theatre as well as the National Theatre School of Canada. While at NTS she founded the Artists for Inclusion/Artistes Pour l’Inclusion when there was a need for students to have more safe spaces for marginalized voices at the school. Before attending NTS Rachel spent a year in Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship program. She is currently part of The Bedrock Creators' Initiative at Factory Theatre developing her play Vierge. Vierge was recently awarded first prize, in Write-on-Q, Infinitheatre's annual playwriting competition.
Some recent theatre credits include playing Ismene in Antigone (Young People's Theatre) Ama in School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian Theatre/Nightwood Theatre) and premiering the English language version of Selfie by Christine Quintana (YPT), which won Rachel and her castmates, the Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding performance.