Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian, improviser and improv instructor with over 18 years in the field. She is also a free-style rapper.
Rachel started doing improv at age 11 and was a member of sketch and impov troupe, "The Half Pint Players" from age 13-18, performing regularly in Stamford CT and NYC.
After getting a degree in TV Production and a minor in Theater at Ithaca college, Rachel moved to Boston where she performed at ImprovBoston in many capacities over the course of eight years including sketch and improv directer and performer. She performed for two years in ImprovBoston's weekly TheatreSports show before moving onto the Mainstage for the remainder of her tenure at the theater. Rachel worked on numerous side projects and indie teams including Improv Foundry, Cabin Pressure, Trail Mix, and Toy Boat in Boston - as well as with War Bride, and Beatloaf in New York.
Upon moving to New York City in 2010, Rachel immediately joined the cast of Hip Hop Improv Comedy team, North Coast, and soon thereafter, joined weekly long-time PIT house team, Family Haircut.
Rachel has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), The PIT, Reckless Theatre, ImprovBoston and elsewhere - with Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky, Asaf Ronen, Christian Capozzoli, Will Luera, Jeremiah Jordan, Jon Gabrus, Brandon Gardner, Gavin Speiller, Chris Grace, Jen Curran, Doug Moe, Lydia Hensler and Jill Bernard. She specializes in free-form and musical improv, and has showcased these talents in numerous comedy festivals including Chicago, Vancouver, North Carolina Comedy Arts, San Francisco, Charleston, Boston, DCM, Baltimore, and Women in Comedy Festivals as well as Chicago Sketch Fest.
Rachel has been an improv instructor at The PIT, Reckless Theatre, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and Miami Ad School. She has led improv workshops all over the world from Barcelona to Vancouver to Hawaii. In 2014, The PIT awarded Rachel with the “Instructor of the Year Award” for her work with level one improv students. The Huffington Post once called Rachel an “improv whirlwind” after a performance with Rachel Dratch.
Currently residing in New York City, Rachel tours nationally and internationally teaching and performing with Big Bang, and with free-style rapping Hip Hop comedy team, North Coast, who was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014” by Time Out NY. She also tours with her husband-wife duo RaeRoest. Rachel is also a writer, storyteller and actress and has been featured on VH1, MTV, and on several podcasts and radio shows including This American Life, Risk!, Slate’s “The Gist,” and WBUR’s “You’re the Expert.”