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Rachel Burttram returns to ArtStage Studio Theatre as Emily Kapoor in ‘Disgraced’


Disgraced 01On stage in the Artstudio Theater at Florida Rep November 10 through December 10 is Ayad Akhtar’s hard-hitting play Disgraced. Rachel Burttram, plays the role of Emily Kapoor.

Whether comedic or dramatic, Burttram has the chops to handle any role that comes her way. After all, she’s been working in regional theater for more than 15 years. She has shared the boards with the legendary Carol Lawrence and Tony-nominated Daniel Sunjata. Her stage work has been seen across the country – in venues ranging from the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, New York (where she appeared most recently in Mark St. Germaine’s romantic comedy Dancing Lessons), The Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, Disgraced 04Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, Gloucester Stage in Massachusetts, Barnstormers’ Theatre in New Hampshire, City Equity in Alabama, Geva Theatre, and various stages in New York City, including the prestigious Actors’ Studio.

Southwest Florida theater-goers know Burttram from performances spanning a period of nearly fifteen years as a Florida Repertory Theatre ensemble member. Disgraced represents Rachel’s second performance in the ArtStage Studio Theatre just this season. On October 22, she completed a critically-acclaimed appearance as Rosemary in the season opener, Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy set in the hinterland of Westmeath County, Ireland.

Regarding Rachel Is Madher performance in Outside Mullingar, this reviewer stated, “Enough good cannot be said about Burttram’s performance. Before even uttering a word, Burttram encapsulates the full and rich panoply of her character’s emotions and motivations with the daggers she emits from her eyes. They fix, hold and skewer Anthony Reilly while simultaneously betraying the yearning she feels for his embrace (though she knows full well that her love may forever go unrequited). Burttram routinely amazes audiences with moving renditions of deep and complex characters (like Carrie Berniers in the Lillian Hellman classic, Toys in the Attic). But she’s upped the ante in Outside Mullingar, where she must convey the vMulligar Photos 05ulnerability and passion of decades-long desire while maintaining the emotional armor needed to protect her heart from the real possibility of even more rejection and disappointment.” [You can read a summary of the reviews of Outside Mullingar here.]

Prior to her performance in Outside Mullingar, she was seen in the ArtStage Studio Theatre in DDoublewide Promo Photo 08oublewide. Other Florida Rep appearances include Florida Rep’s nationally-acclaimed production of The House of Leaves, Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies, Ralph’s mother in Jean Sheperd’s good-natured holiday play, A Christmas Story, Nell in the world premiere of Split in Three, Mary Jo in Dividing the Estate, Betsy/Lindsey in Clybourne Park, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Ruth in Miracle on 34th Street and Sally in Talley’s Folly.

Rachel has also appeared of late in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts in Theatre Conspiracy’s productions of Amy and David Sedaris’ The Book of Liz and the Lillian Hellman classic TRachel Burttram Boys in the Attic.

Although the bulk of Rachel’s experience is in theater, she is no stranger to film. Her screen work includes three independent films (Emma’s Fine, World Traveler, Alchemy) and television (Burn Notice), along with national and regional commercials.

Rachel apprenticed through the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Acting and received her Bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Alabama.

Rachel Burttram by MilaAmong her many accolades, Rachel is the recipient of Florida Weekly’s Best Actress 2013. Notable nominations include the Angel of the Arts award for Performance Artist of the Year in 2009, Broadway “World’s Best Actress in a Play 2012 – Central NY” for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre, and Broadway “World’s Best Actress in a Play 2013 SW Florida” for Other Desert Cities.

“For me it’s about the process,” Rachel told Gulfshore Business Rachel 03journalist Michael Korb in an interview for his January, 2016 piece, “Passion Players: The thespians of Southwest Florida have their work cut out for them.” “It is a beautiful, wonderful thing when you share a human experience and are able to create something. It’s all about the tinkering. I love to solve the puzzle of a script. It’s the exploration of human behavior and relationships. Rachel 02Performances are great, but I love being in a rehearsal room with other actors and the director and stage manager.”

Rachel is also an Arts Administrator. In that capacity, she has served as an Associate Director, Director of Audience Development, Company Manager, Director of Education, Box Office Manager, and Fundraising Research, Community Programs Director and mentor. She has developed programs for theaters around the country for under-served populations. Rachel is also a teaching artist and has taught classes and workshops for a variety of populations all over the country with her husband and fellow theatre artist, Brendan Powers, who starred with her in Outside Mullingar.

RRachel 01achel is the creator of Welcome to the Green Room, a resource for actors, singers and performing artists to share ideas and tips for a healthy lifestyle on a budget. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, an honorary member of the NAACP, and has been the Production Manager for ArtFest Fort Myers since August of 2014.

For more on Rachel, please visit

Rachel 04October 25, 2017.


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