Rachel Strickland is an interdisciplinary performance artist, aerialist, storyteller, and award winning choreographer. Her work combines circus arts, dance, and elements of bizarre spectacle to create original, socially relevant performative works. To unearth aspects of the self which are suppressed and mutilated by the sanction of outside influences is both her subject matter and the intended effect on the viewer.
Classically trained in ballet since the age of three, she began her study of circus arts in 2007, developing a unique style and innovative approach to aerial hoop. Her work brought her international recognition, and she has coached, performed, and choreographed on four continents. She is the director of The Audacity Project, an 8-week guided process to equip artists and creatives with the tools necessary to be working professionals.
She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, Shaun. They have no children so don’t ask, but they would like to meet your dog.