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About Rachel Mutombo

Rachel Mutombo is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. 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 a graduate of both the John Abbott College Professional Theatre acting program as well as the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program. 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 she spent a year in Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship program. And since then she participated in Playwright Workshop Montreal’s first Youth creator unit where she began work for her solo show Black Suburbia. She is currently working on a new play, FlyBird, with Nightwood Theatre's Write from the Hip program.

 

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 the Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding performance ensemble.