Rachel Spencer Hewitt  |  Breakout Session

Rachel joins Adriana Gaviria for a breakout session called "Motherhood and Leadership: Initiatives for Upward Mobility"

About this session: Beginning with a brief overview on the research data articulating family as a liability and obstacle for women in leadership, directly contributing to gender inequity in artistic and administrative representation and leadership, this presentation provides resources on issues such as how to identify discrimination, develop protocols to reduce it, and create replicable initiatives to better ensure a work-life balance that serves healthy retention of parent artists in the field.

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About Rachel

Rachel Spencer Hewitt is the founder of Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) for the Performing Arts, a collective of individuals and theatre organizations committed to family-friendly practices in the theatre. PAAL's mission is to empower and advocate for the parent-artist, both employee and freelance, in collaboration with theatre organizations in order to raise awareness of parent artist obstacles in the theatre and create work-life balance interventions, healthy work culture, stable protocols, and accessible pathways to employment.

Rachel received her BA in Drama from Trinity University and MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She earned her equity card understudying and performing at the Yale Repertory Theater. Her professional acting resume includes Broadway Debut in tony-nominated King Charles III at The Music Box theater, regional theater and off-Broadway productions, including the Paula Vogel/Tina Landau New York premiere of A Civil War Christmas. She recently moved to Chicago and has founded a national online community and resource initiative to highlight, identify, and create dialogue on motherhood in the theater arts on her blog AuditioningMom.com.