Rachel is Creative Producer of Dublin based theatre companies Brokentalkers and Chaos Factory.
Brokentalkers are a multi-award winning company, founded in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan. Brokentalkers make formally ambitious work that defies categorization and have built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theatre companies. Chaos Factory is an emerging experimental theatre company led by Rachel Bergin, Venetia Bowe & Fionnuala Gygax. Chaos Factory’s work is physically led, putting the body at the centre of their exploration in order to make theatre that is playful, strange and beautiful.
Rachel holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. In 2018 Rachel was awarded a Bursary for Professional Development from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Rachel has recently been awarded an Arts Council Theatre Bursary Award 2020. Rachel was an Artist in Residence at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019-2021 and is an Associate Producer at field:arts.
Rachel’s recent producing credits include: The Boy Who Never Was (Brokentalkers, Dublin Theatre Festival), Hotel Happiness (Chaos Factory, Dublin Fringe Festival), The Examination (Leinster & International Tour 2022), RISING (Brokentalkers, Algorithm & Dublin Theatre Festival 2021), MASTERCLASS (Brokentalkers & Adrienne Truscott, Dublin Fringe Festival 2021, International Touring), The Spider’s House (Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland Co-Production), Gym Swim Party (A Co-Production with O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin Fringe Festival 2019), A Different Wolf (Associate Producer, Junk Ensemble), MorphMe (BITE SIZE // SCRATCH, Live Collision 2019), WOMB (First Fortnight 2019), Son of a Preacher Man (Theatre Machine 2019), Kiss Kiss Slap Slap (Dublin Fringe 2018), LUNA (Galway Theatre Festival 2018), Fierce Notions (Dublin Fringe 2017, Winner: DFF Judges Choice Award). Her recent directing credits include, Abair/Samaa (Bealtaine Festival 2019), The Examination (Associate Director, Brokentalkers, Winner: Irish Time Theatre Awards Best Production & Best Soundscape 2020, DFF Best Production & Best Performer: Willie White 2019), The Circus Animals’ Desertion (Assistant Director, Brokentalkers).
A stunning dissection of patriarchy, privilege and performance in a forceful work about sanctified male writers – The List
Inspired interrogation of ‘the great male artist – The Stage
No easy escapes…. an absorbing production. — The Irish Times (The Examination by Brokentalkers)
Superbly slippery piece of theatre. — The Stage (The Examination by Brokentalkers)
1. Fionnuala Gygax, Danielle Galligan, Venetia Bowe and Michael-David McKernan in Kiss Kiss Slap Slap by Rachel Bergin, Venetia Bowe, Danielle Galligan & Fionnuala Gygax. Photo Credit: Anthony O’Connor (2018)
2. MASTERCLASS (Brokentalkers & Adrienne Truscott, Dublin Fringe Festival 2021, International Touring), Photo credit: Ste Murray
3. Willie White in The Examination by Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan. Photo Credit: Luca Truffareli (2019)