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Rachel Turner

Company Manager/NZSL Creative Consultant


Rachel’s whakapapa includes tupuna from Waikato/Tainui, Te Patupō and Tūwharetoa.

Rachel is our company manager, and is also our NZSL Creative Consultant, working closely with the creative team.

She organises and helps to manage our many different projects, including our performances, tours and our community workshops.

She has a keen eye for detail and loves playing with the language options that NZSL provides. She works with international Deaf artists to ensure the language choices on stage are in the hands of a first language NZSL user. Rachel is passionate about raising the profile of signed languages on stage, and supporting Deaf performers and Deaf audiences.

Rachel leads the company’s Deaf Awareness workshop programme, teaching artists, arts organisations and theatres about Deaf culture, Deaf world view, and teaching NZSL. She is a qualified NZSL tutor and brings her warmth, openness and language and cultural expertise to these sessions. These workshops can support your organisation to be better placed to welcome Deaf patrons. Contact us to book a workshop for your team.

Rachel has lectured at Universities in Aotearoa and overseas about Equal Voices Arts’ approach to making original bicultural and bilingual theatre work and has appeared on international video podcasts discussing access and inclusion. Rachel also consults with government organisations and arts organisations about how to make funding opportunities and events more accessible for D/deaf communities. Rachel has also served several terms on the NZSL Board in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rachel has toured internationally with Equal Voices Arts, working on Salonica for its European Tour and tour of Aotearoa, and with Where Our Shadows Meet on it’s tour of Aotearoa in 2022.