2010-11 HSC courses in: Preliminary Visual Design/ Drama /Visual Arts/ Preliminary Society & Culture, Mathematics Advanced/Studies of Religion/English Advanced and Extension 1 , Primary and Secondary school studies in art, drama, photography, sewing, music and dance (all in both practical and theoretical areas) , Training in improvisation/ script analysis/ group collaboration with NIDA trained Director Mark Galvin in Youth Theatre Group 2007-2010, NIDA HSC Drama Directors Folio- April 2010, NIDA Location Acting 12-15yrs Certificate- January 2008, NIDA Drama School 12-15yrs - January 2007, NIDA Acting on screen12-15 yrs January 2006/ April 2006, Spoken Action Studio 2003-2009 and summer holiday courses in arts and crafts from a young age.
Theatre: HSC Drama 2010 & 2011 - achieved 1st place both years and gained an overall HSC mark of 96, 'The Quest' a group devised Youth Theatre Production- largely involved in all aspects from performance to lighting, sound, costume, set and prop design/ creation- January 2009,Work experience at the Jetty Memorial Theatre- lighting and sound engineering and construction of sets/props-1 week April 2009, Dancer/ assistant in costume & prop design 'The Machine' District Rock Eisteddfod- 2009 , School musical Surf’s Up: involved in set design, lighting, costume, and main chorus- May 2008, Part of Youth theatre group at Jetty Memorial Theatre: 2007-10, Coffs Harbour & District Eisteddfod dance, prose, group and solo performances 2003-2010.
Film/ Video: Entered Short Sharp Film Festival with a work titled 'The Colander Girls' covered areas of Cinematography/ Production/ illustration/ Directing/ Acting/ Editing & Music score and achieved 2nd Prize- July 2009, Volunteer filming in a reading Advertisement with Russell Crowe- 2008
Skills: Visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, film), photography, mathematics and music (singing/guitar/ music theory). Involved in drama since age 8 developing skills/experience in performance, puppetry and back stage set, costume, lighting, sound design. English: writing short stories, public speaking, reading and analysis of novels, scripts, poetry.
Life Experience: In the last 5 months I travelled Europe (France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Morocco). Overseas I independently sought out performances of Beethoven, Mozart, Opera, Theatre, Musical, Ballet and street performances. Exposure to art, architecture and urban design; my mother is an artist/ architect and my father is a town planner. Further life experience has been gained through travelling to Vietnam in 2010, casual work at a pharmacy, seeing international/Australian film festivals and numerous Australian theatre productions both in Sydney and Coffs Harbour , music festivals ,camping, team sports and volunteer work (Relay for Life, Red Cross, Woolgoolga aged persons centre, Salvation Army)
Name: Rachel Anne Bennell
Lives in: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Art Director, Production Designer, Set Designer and Visual Effects Artist