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Rachel has a degree in Psychology from The University of Sydney but is currently masquerading as understudy for Miss Honey and Mrs Wormwood in the Australian production of Matilda the Musical. She likes to think about what makes people tick. She also likes: Podcasts, politics, pepperoni pizza, property, puns, puppies and cheap things. If you know of a political podcast full of puns we can listen over a cheap pepperoni pizza while we walk a cheap dog looking at cheap property, we might just be fast friends. Follow Rachel on Instagram at: @rachelacole.

Rachel has written 25 articles on AussieTheatre

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The dos and don’ts of Dance Auditions with Tom Hodgson

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A note from Rachi… There are 3 truly anxiety provoking things in this world: the cold sore virus, an interest rate rise above 2 basis points and 8 bars of free dance at dance auditions. Two of these things are avoidable with sound economic management and sensible kissing behaviours, the 3rd is not and must be… Read more.


How to deal with fame. Rachel Cole with Osher Günsberg

Osher Gunsberg

Every professional industry is its own little world, with power structures, behaviour codes, systems and celebrities. The behaviour codes backstage at the Capitol Theatre are very different to a corporate office. Backstage, my bottom gets slapped approximately 48 times a day. When I used to work in Psychology Research, a solitary pinch would see you… Read more.


How performers can enter the property market

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“Investing in property is simple, but not easy”… Two not so secret things about me: I’m cheap and I love property. I don’t do coffee, cabs, gyms, cover charges or drinks over $10. After the Sydney opening night of Matilda, I walked 20 minutes to Town Hall station, at 4am, and got the night-rider home… Read more.


Staying passionate on long tours: Rachel Cole with Todd McKenney

Todd McKenney

Rachel Cole’s Stage Door Shrink returns to AussieTheatre this month with some excellent advice from Australian theatre veteran, Todd McKenney. A note from Rachi You’ve heard that Confucius saying: “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Whilst I appreciate his sentiment, it sounds to me like Confucius never did… Read more.



The importance of joining the union: Rachel Cole with Rob Mills

Rob Mills

A note from Rachi: When I’m chatting to a guy on Tinder, some questions I get out of the way early include: Do you have cold sores?  Can I have a copy of your last pay slip? And, how do you feel about the Labor party and union membership?  #lowmaintenance.  (In my defence, 76% of… Read more.


Tim Minchin on niche, risk and making good art

Tim Minchin

Stage Door Shrink returns to AussieTheatre this month with a very special guest. Rachel Cole chats with Tim Minchin about Matilda, art and taking risks. A note from Rachi… If you’re like me: an above average height, white, brunette with a reasonably good vocal range, a sub standard double turn, good teeth and gammy joints,… Read more.


How to slay on social media: Rachel Cole with Robbie Ranieri

Robbie Ranieri is a social media guru

Having always declared myself the Steven Bradbury of all things technology, the fact that I have to use social media to market myself these days seems about as appealing as kale. If it was up to me, I’d still be using a Nokia 3210 and playing snake. Although my Twitter profile says I joined in… Read more.


How to be disciplined and professional: Rachel Cole with Caroline O’Connor

Caroline O'Connor in Gypsy. Image by Pamela Raith

Welcome to Stage Door Shrink, a regular column penned by Rachel Cole aimed at helping performers chortle their way to a #win. A note from Rachi: I am annoyingly disciplined, scheduled and prepared. If I match with you on Tinder and we start chatting, I’ve probably looked up your HSC result on the NSW Board… Read more.


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