Acting Biography

Rachael Wegener  has a wealth of experience  on stage and screen both in Australia and Internationally. With a solid education from leading world institutions and top industry international coaches.

 

Her recent Film and Television roles include NBC Universal owned Matchbox Pictures Television miniseries of both "Stateless" staring Cate Blanchett and  "Deadline Gallipoli" playing opposite  Sam Worthington (Avatar), directed by Michael Rymer (NBC’s Hannibal), History Channel’s “Changed Forever" as well as in feature film 2067 opposite Kodi Smit-Mcphee (X-Men) and Ryan Kwantan (True Blood).


Recently on stage she was lead actress in two professional plays, at the Adelaide Festival Centre —Emmy Award Winning, William

Mastrosimone’s “Extremities”, playing the Farrah Fawcett / Susan Saradan feisty animalistic American  lead role of “Marjorie” and in Nobel Prize Winner Harold Pinter’s “Old Times”, playing the Kristian Scott Thomas lead Role of posh, sophisticated, sassy, Londoner “Anna” - both shows and her performances were to rave reviews of which in 2017, she was nominated for a “Walk of Fame “ plaque at the Adelaide Festival Centre. 

 

Both plays were directed by Tony Knight, Past Head of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Acting program (1992-2011) and an acting teacher to Cate Blanchette, Sam Worthington and Rachael. Rachael also was a producer of these plays for Mystique Productions.

 

She won the Vancouver Emotional Impact Acting Award for her role playing an American Military Officer in Hollywood Actor Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) directing debut film “Come Home Soon, which she also produced.

Recently played on stage the role of a USA Secret Service bodyguard, Lara Seige, to President Trump, in the UK Hit sold out Edinburgh Fringe production of Trumpageddon produced by London Olivier Award Winning Production company Seabright Productions for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival production of the same show with the UK team as the only Australian cast for the International act of a season of 27 performances.  

Other roles on Canadian Film and Television include; Shaw Cable Network Canada's  TV series “The Wedding Belles” playing a socialite, CTV’s “Best of BC” "Spooky Seas"  playing a Pirate Wench, the BC Comedy show “The Stereotypical Gay Guy” as a posh unsatisfied socialite  working with Peter D Marshall (Fox's 21 Jump St) in "Resin Dogs" as a sassy criminal, working with Canada's Vagabond Film Director Larry Kent in “High Priestess” as a priestess clairvoyant and with One to Watch Indy Director -Andrew Moxham's film "Espionage" as a CIA Agent to name a few. Various Australia roles include ; Chanel 9 Network Australia's "McLeod’s Daughters", Channel Ten’s Network Australia's “Sam Fox Extreme Adventures” playing a teacher, she plays a  lead of a feminine powerful determined Media Mogul in the Australian Independent Feature film "John Faust" which she is one of four producers, and a sassy reporter in "True Blue". 

 

She was a resident actress with Slixer Entertainment Theatre company in Canada and performed in over 130 shows where she also undertook some producing and directing duties on numerous productions. In Canada she was in such stage productions as playing Lydia in Theresa Rebeck’s Broadway Hit "Spike Heels”, Queen Margaret in Shakespeare’s Henry VI as a presented Vancouver Shakespeare Festival scenes performance directed by Canada’s National Voice Intensive past head, Ian Raffell, and playing the Dance teacher and a “Shark” in the musical "Westside Story" at the Vancouver Shadbolt Centre to name a few. In Canada Rachael was privileged to work with master Improvisation coaches -BAFTA winner Michael Robinson being one of them and she performed in multiple improvisation shows.

 

In 2017 and 2018 she worked with the award-winning theatre company, Theatre of Disability creating productions for the “Reconnection Disability Awareness Festival” of which she was a a lead Acting Tutor and lead Creative Facilitator - directing,  Acting, Acting Tutor to disabled actors to prepare them for the productions which were many months in the making . In 2018 she also wrote the performed play "Shipwrecked" that was performed by the company in both the Reconnect and Adelaide Fringe Festival. 

 

Rachael has also been a corporate speaker and host of various Corporate Film and Events - some include working with such companies as MCing a Tatts Lotto $21 Million Mega draw campaign, Samsung on various releases of phones and technology, Nestle, Milo - Kids cricket find the face campaign, Coca Cola- Coke Life Australian release  and the Woman’s Expo hosting a two day educational event  as the  MC -hosting Doctors and physiotherapists to name a few.

 

Rachael holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Advanced Diploma in Acting for Film and Television and a Bachelor of Commerce / Laws . She has studied at The Flinders University of South Australia, National Institute of Dramatic Arts and Vancouver Film School.  

Rachael also trained in Ballet under the Royal Academy of Ballet School System for 10 years, music under the Yamaha System and has trained for over 5 years in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Zen do Ki and Judo . She is also a regular yogi, pilates and modern dance practitioner as well as enjoys lifting weights, snow skiing, tennis and going on hikes in nature. 

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