Racheal Leigh has known since the age of 5 that she has wanted to perform, after seeing her first Shirley Temple musical. Unfortunately, she didn’t get to take her first step towards acting until after she moved out of home, and within weeks had gained an understudy role in the classic pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Since then, Racheal spent the next few years working in various aspects of theatre, learning the ropes from being onstage, to working as a stage hand, or Assistant Director, as well as working her way to becoming President for her local theatre company.
After completing several short courses in acting, Racheal finally auditioned for The Actors Conservatory in early 2001 (Now known as The Performing Arts Conservatory). Two years later, she graduated with an Associate Diploma in Stage & Screen Acting.
During her studies, Racheal made the move from stage to screen, appearing in several short films, feature & television productions. She has also spent time studying singing and dancing in various styles.
In 2009, Racheal also studied Event Management, and decided to start her own business: Star Rae Productions – an events and entertainment business which aimed at proving unique and themed events, whilst being able to create another outlet for Brisbane performers to gain experience and exposure.
Through her events and theatrical career, Racheal also discovered a great passion for Bollywood & Indian Dance and in late 2009 was provided the wonderful opportunity to teach others, and then she stepped into the role of Choreographer for another community theatre show in 2010. This passion also her to creating the Bollywood Performance Group (SARI Bollywood Dance); and she went on to teach through her own small school, Bollycise Bollywood Dance, for the next 8 years, putting Star Rae Productions on the back burner.
In 2016, Racheal decided to go back into film work, and more recently decided to re-visit working as a crew member. This has led her to utilising her Event Management skills by working as a Production Manager / Assistant on various local productions, and thus Star Rae Productions is once again renewed.
Racheal’s qualifications include:
- Diploma of Stage & Screen Acting
- Diploma in Business & Event Management
- Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Certificate III & IV in Fitness
- Level 2 Wellness Coaching
- First Aid & CPR
- Working with Children Blue Card (QLD)
She is a current member of FitRec and AusDance QLD.
“If you are handed lemons in life, get out the sugar and make yourself some lemonade! “