Rachel Brethauer

Rachel Brethauer

Filmmaker, Playwright, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Rachel

Rachel Brethauer is an accomplished writer, professor, and escapee of the advertising and big tech worlds. She's won multiple awards for her writing, including a Film Outside the Frame award for Best Original Pilot, four PROMO! Awards, and three Canadian Marketing Awards. She has also been in the top 6% of NBC's Writers on the Verge and a semi-finalist for the Sundance Episodic and Fox Writers Labs.

Armed with a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University and previous careers in both ad copywriting and tech writing, Rachel earned an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television at Loyola Marymount University in 2014 and soon after began teaching screenwriting to undergraduate students, followed soon after by Television History and Media & Cultural Studies courses, also at LMU.

American Zealot, the film she co-wrote as part of her Film Independent/LMU Incubator Lab fellowship was featured in many film festivals both stateside and abroad. You can watch the trailer here:

Rachel hates how boring and uptight this bio makes her sound and is usually the first person to let an accidental f-bomb slip. Obsessed with both research and the way stories set in the twentieth century reverberate with themes on our lips, hearts, and minds today, particularly as they apply to women's stories, Rachel currently makes her writing home in 20th century period dramas.

A human IMDb, staunch feminist, proud Canadian, U.S. immigrant, whiskey-loving hater of onions, Rachel would be an asset to any room.




    DON'T FORGET ME WHEN I'M GONE Music Drama After her mother dies and her father is forced away on business, Emmy Grant returns to Toronto to help raise her sister. Once home, she unravels the family secrets unearthed by her mother's death and gets a taste of the peculiarities of Canadian fame after snagging a job as one of the nation's first VJs.

  • THE CROWN "Liberation"

    THE CROWN "Liberation" Historical Drama Faced with terrorism and troubles in the UK and Canada, Queen Elizabeth faces off against a Prime Minister who’d rather be yachting or cozying up to France, while the release of The Female Eunuch creates enough of a stir in Princess Margaret’s life that she orchestrates a dinner with its author, Germaine Greer.

  • WONDERLAND AVENUE "Down the Rabbit Hole"

    WONDERLAND AVENUE "Down the Rabbit Hole" Music Historical Newly divorced Barbara Sherman moves her daughters to Los Angeles to kick start her career as a singer-songwriter. Once settled in their Laurel Canyon neighborhood, amid rock n’ roll royalty, the family finds themselves falling down the rabbit hole of the early ‘70s Los Angeles music scene.


    AMERICAN ZEALOT Crime Drama A character-driven micro-budget feature about a Catholic school girl who plots to murder her best friend’s abortion doctor. Premiered at St. Louis International Film Festival. Trailer: https://bit.ly/2rqnW3i


    HOW I BECAME A MAN Romance Comedy When cruise ship doctor Mark Tanner is fired after a patient scandal, he draws heavily on his own childhood as he reluctantly helps his nephew prepare for his bar mitzvah, and shuffling toward adulthood, unexpectedly reconnects with his childhood best friend—who’s just discovered she’s pregnant.


    KISSED OFF Comedy After she's unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Ellie discovers that her signature lipstick has been discontinued. She embarks upon an epic journey to get them both back. (6-episode webseries co-created with Celeste Klaus)


    GOING FOR BROKER Comedy A pair of sisters face off against each other in a battle for 1980's suburban real estate supremacy, with increasingly ridiculous results.


    JUST SUPER. Action Comedy Dana Hunter develops superpowers on her thirty-third birthday—at the same time her ultra-famous brother loses his…and their legendary parents appear to be murdered—throwing her entire life (and role as the black sheep of her famous superhero family) into pandemonium.


    MAD COWS Comedy Crime After sisters Edda and Hilda accidentally kill Hilda’s abusive husband and try to cover it up, they find themselves thrust into a life of crime, fronted by the family butcher shop. (co-written with Celeste Klaus)



  • NBC Writers on the Verge Top 6%

  • Fox Writers Lab Semi-finalist

  • Sundance Episodic Lab Semi-finalist

  • Film Independent/LMU Incubator Lab Fellow


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