Rachel Peake makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as director of Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera / The Little Sweep, a collaboration between POV and the Belfry Theatre in celebration of Britten's centenary.
Rachel is a freelance director and the Co-Artistic Director of Solo Collective Theatre, for which she recently directed Play with Monsters and After Jerusalem. She is also the resident stage director for Gros Morne Summer Music.
In 2012 Rachel received the Jessie Richardson award for Outstanding Artistic Creation for her direction of Le portrait Gooble (Théâtre la Seizième). Rachel was also the 2012 recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Emerging Director. Rachel is a graduate of the Stratford Festival's directing internship – the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, for which she directed scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Pericles. Other directing credits include The Trolley Car (Jessie Richardson Award nomination for Outstanding Direction) and The Project for Solo Collective Theatre, Comment devenir parfait en trois jours (Jessie Richardson nomination for Outstanding Production) and Écran de fumée for Théâtre la Seizième, Soul Resource and Heptademic for Studio 58, La Cenerentola for Vancouver Opera in Schools, That's Just Crazy Talk and Head Over Heels (Crazy for Life Productions), and the touring remount of The Glass Menagerie (Arts Club). She was assistant director on Camelot at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58.