Rachel Karafistan

Rachel is a British actor, teacher, director and academic based in Berlin. She has two young children. In 2001 she completed her PhD research exploring the connections between shamanism, psychology and theatre. Rachel also holds a BA in Applied Psychology from the University of Sussex. Her wide-ranging studies in psychology included everything from leadership and organizational psychology to clinical psychology and child development. More recently, Rachel graduated as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, London.

Rachel has collaborated on corporate training projects throughout Europe for the past 8 years. She has worked with ESMT (the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin) and Era GSM (Poland). Rachel’s diverse background means she has a wealth of valuable transferable skills to bring to a corporate training environment. She has taught leadership skills, voice work for business professionals, confidence training, understanding body language and run and developed a series of role-play scenarios and performances in many diverse business environments.

As an actor, Rachel has worked and trained with a range of renowned practitioners and companies including Teatr Biuro Podróży, Theatre de Complicite, Odin Teatret, Philipe Gaulier, Jola Cynkutis, Kathryn Hunter and Frankie Armstrong. She was also Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Leeds and has taught voice, movement and theatre in over 25 universities worldwide.

Rachel is director of the award-winning theatre company, COSmino. In addition to creating innovative, devised work, COSmino also has an international reputation for providing theatre training of the highest quality. Rachel is currently working on a solo performance ‘Dreams Die Hard’ which explores the diary of her grandmother written in 1945. In Spring 2017 Rachel has been invited to direct ‘King A’ a production for children about the legend of King Arthur at the Salzburger Landestheater, Austria.

Rachel is committed to creating opportunities for people to gain access to high quality theatre training, performances and experiences and creating and maintaining valuable networks between unlikely groups of people. She passionately believes in the potential of the arts to promote global change, encourage understanding and develop self-knowledge and confidence.