Rachel Karafistan

photo: Mark Garner - Captivation
photo: Tomek szlufik

Rachel Karafistan:
Co Artistic Director
Rachel is a British performer, teacher, academic and director based in Berlin. In 2001 she completed her PhD research into Shamanic dimensions within contemporary theatre practice. For many years, Rachel ran regular workshops exploring the connections between the actor and the shaman internationally and often with her long-term collaborator, Professor Brian Bates. Rachel was an actor with internationally acclaimed Polish company, Teatr Biuro Podróży from 2000 – 2003.

Aside from her performing and directing work with Cosmino, Rachel has directed for Greenwich Theatre and East 15 Acting School, Northampton and Leeds Universities and since 2017 Rachel and Kuba of Cosmino have worked as visiting directors for Salzburg Landestheater, Austria where they directed King A in 2017 and Paula’s Reisen in 2019. Rachel is a faculty member at Arthaus Berlin (formerly LISPA / London International School of Performing Arts) https://www.arthaus.berlin/international-school/#team and External Examiner on the Physcial Theatre BA at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, UK.

Rachel is relieved that after so many years of making theatre, it is still the greatest thrill imaginable.