November 9, 1926 (France) – May 10, 2015 (USA)
Rachel Rosenthal was an interdisciplinary and performance artist, teacher, actress, and animal rights activist based in Los Angeles. She was best known for her full-length performance art pieces which offered unique combinations of theatre, dance, creative slides and live music. One of her key ambitions was to help heal the earth through art.
She toured her pieces, with The Rachel Rosenthal Company, to numerous venues both within the United States and abroad. Some of the theatres and festivals she visited include: the Dance Theatre Workshop and Serious Fun! At Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kaaitheater in Brussels, The Internationals Summer Theater Festival in Hamburg, The Performance Space in Sydney and the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, Théâtre Centaur, Montréal.
The Rachel Rosenthal Company is devoted to honoring Rachel’s legacy by redefining the boundaries of theatre; to present thought-provoking experimental works encompassing the visual and performing arts, and to communicating relevant social, environmental, cultural, gender, and spiritual issues to a broad public. The Company workshops offer emerging artists, young and old, an arena in which to create, hone and present original work. Rachel Rosenthal, whose 50-year theatrical career was distinguished by continual innovation, founded The Rachel Rosenthal Company, a non-profit organization, in 1989 to work collaboratively with artists from all disciplines and to convey the tenets of her pioneering form of spontaneous collaboration (the DbD “Doing by Doing” technique) through her Company’s theatrical productions and performance workshops.