Rachel Riggs originally trained in drama and community arts at Manchester University, then puppetry and theatre arts at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London. She worked extensively in British theatre & television, & founded DNA Puppetry & Visual theatre in the UK. Following her Masters in Fine Art and Early Years Professional status award in 2010, she moved to Australia for professional development and became a creative consultant working with The Song Room, Community Arts Network and Sensorium Theatre.
Rachel has travelled to festivals in Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Malaysia, South Africa and Indonesia to perform and present her published papers and work with young children, developing internationally her ‘Imaginary Leaps’ methodology of action play research. In 2013 she received funding for her Early Years Professional Development from CANWA and Australia Council for the Arts to work with Indigenous & Emerging communities in WA. Rachel has developed Creative Play Programmes with the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library of WA, Awesome Children’s Festival and Perth International Arts Festival. Rachel currently lives in a new Eco Sustainable Housing Artist Collective in Fremantle, West Australia.