About Me
 
I grew up always wanting to perform and tell stories. I was born in New York City and grew up in Scarsdale, NY. I was the shy girl in class but would put on skits with friends during lunch period for fun. 
I graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Theater Studies. I decided to study mechanical engineering because the problem solving aspects of math and science were very thrilling. My passion for the arts led me to minor in Theater Studies, act in student films, and start an Asian American theater group on campus called Duke Asian American Theater (DAAT). DAAT hosted Duke's first ever 24 Hour Play Festival.
My senior year of Duke I decided to pursue my original plan and moved to Los Angeles a few months after graduating. I took improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. I study with an incredible acting coach, Harry Mastrogeorge.
After a couple of years of taking classes and auditioning I decided I wanted to start creating my own content. I look up to people like Brit Marling who have been able to write their own material. I enrolled in UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program. One of the screenplays I wrote is inspired by how my grandparents met when they were sent to a Japanese American Internment Camp in Rohwer, AR during WWII. Most recently I completed a Sundance Online Screenwriting program and wrote a story inspired by my mom, a Japanese American actress in 1980s Hollywood. 
I want to be a part of creating stories about Asian American women and women working in tech because I didn’t see those types of stories being told growing up. I remember the first time I saw young hapa girls on screen at Sundance. I walked out of the theater crying because I had never felt so connected to young girls on screen before. My friend and I wrote and produced a short film together, “100% Half”, that she directed and I acted in, loosely based on our experiences as half Japanese American actresses. I acted in another short film, “American”, opposite George Takei about the Japanese American internment camps.
 
xoxo,
Rachel

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