Rachel Karafistan

photo: Mark Garner - Captivation
photo: Tomek szlufik

Rachel Karafistan PhD:
Co Artistic Director
Rachel is a British performer, teacher, academic and director based in Berlin. After falling in love with  third theatre and Odin Teatret at the age of 11, Rachel embraced the potential and autonomy of devised performance. Her teachers include Philipe Gaulier, Frankie Armstrong, Marcello Magni, Carran Waterfield, Roberta Carreri & Odin Teatret. As well as creating over 16 original performances as Cosmino Productions, Rachel has performed alongside Kathryn Hunter in ‘Yerma’ at the Arcola Theatre, London and was an actor with internationally acclaimed Polish company, Teatr Biuro Podróży. Her PhD research into Shamanic dimensions within contemporary theatre practice saw her collaborate on workshops with ‘Way of Wyrd’ and ‘Way of the Actor’ author, Brian Bates. Rachel is also trained CBT Hypnotherapist which informs both her teaching and devising practice.

Rachel has directed for Greenwich Theatre, East 15 Acting School, Northampton and Leeds Universities and Salzburg Landestheater, Austria directing King A in 2017 and Paula’s Reisen in 2019. Rachel has held posts at Manchester Metropolitan & Leeds Universities and is currently a faculty member at Arthaus Berlin – International School for Devised Theatre & Performance and also teaches on the Theatre Studies Online undergraduate programme at Rose Bruford College, UK.

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