Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

Actor, Playwright and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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April 2020
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About Rachel

For many years, I doggedly pursued my dream of being a stage actor, making it as far as New York with a brand new theatre degree to my name before I was diagnosed with an “invisible disability” — a severe chronic illness. No longer able to be as active as I formerly had been, I had to reevaluate some things in my life.

I began writing parts for myself, both plays and films, just so that I would have something to do. Parts that would allow me to sit as much as I needed or use assistive devices, like a walker or a wheelchair. Parts that either featured disability as an intrinsic part of the character, or parts where the disability could be there and it didn’t matter.

As I started writing more and more, I realized something: people with disabilities are rarely represented in the media. When we are, it comes in the form of “tragedy porn” — Oscar bait for able-bodied actors, writers, and directors. But the actual people with disabilities are almost never the ones telling our own stories.

So here I am: a disabled writer/actor, telling my own stories.

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