Intern, Spring 2021 | Texans for the Arts
MFA, Texas Tech University
Rachel Phillips is currently in her first year as an MFA Arts Administration candidate at Texas Tech University, where she also serves as a teaching and research assistant. Her love of the arts began as a small child when she started in dance class and continued throughout her life as she also got involved with music and theatre. In May 2018, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre along with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. During her time in her undergraduate program, she worked for numerous publications as a writer and editor as well as for the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series as a PR intern and Christian Youth Theater Kansas City as a summer camp administrative assistant. After graduating, she joined Christian Youth Theater Kansas City again as communications assistant and summer camp coordinator. She also serves on the board of directors for Leawood Stage Company and teaches youth theatre classes. She believes that arts advocacy is an important part of our job as arts workers regardless of what role we are in and looks forward to growing as both an advocate and administrator as she works with Texans for the Arts.
Where are they now?
Rachel Phillips is off to Connecticut to be the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Known as the launchpad of the American Theatre, the O'Neill discovers, develops, and empowers new work, new voices, and creative risk-taking. Work developed at the center includes that by David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Robert Lopez, Kristen-Anderson Lopez, John Logan, Maury Yeston, and Jeanine Tesori. Rachel says that many skills she developed and grew at TFA will be useful in her new position but that she especially knows that the practice of working with TFA to strategize and craft communications such as emails, social media, advocacy pitches, and more will help her as she approaches the communications at the O'Neill. Congratulations Rachel!