Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Degree: Music Theatre - Performance
Year of graduation: 2002
It was at the age of five, after watching Little Orphan Annie sing her heart out, that Rachel
Fischer knew she needed to be on the stage. After graduating from The Winnipeg School of Performing Arts, Rachel went on to “the best triple-threat training in the biz-Sheridan’s Music-Theatre Performance program”, graduating early to perform at Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort.
Rachel has performed all across the country since, in lead and featured roles in productions including The Little Years, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Magnus Theatre), Anne of Green Gables, The Wedding Singer-Canadian premiere (Stage West), Footloose (Stage West Calgary), Good News, Chicago, and Grease at Rainbow Stage (Canada’s longest running professional outdoor theatre company).
Rachel is perhaps best known for portraying Cheryl (and Dance Captain) in the first professional Canadian company of the critically acclaimed Evil Dead, the musical; garnering the Dora Audience Choice Award for Toronto’s favourite show. Rachel sailed the sea with the original company of Disney’s Toy Story, the musical, portraying the role of the evil Sid. Earning rave reviews for her role, Rachel was featured in Portholes Cruise Magazine and is on the cast recording, alongside Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, and John Ratzenburger from the original Pixar film.
In front of the camera, she’s filmed numerous national commercials including Staples, Tim Hortons, Robax (Canadian National), Mazda & Time Warner Cable.
A fearless and quirky performer, Rachel continues to shine as her resume grows, taking her Sheridan training with her.
“The faculty at Sheridan is at the highest level that a young performer could ask for,” says Rachel, who has some advice for new students and grads. “Remain open, receptive and positively patient with yourself. Don’t let anyone put you in a box; explore your talents freely and you will surprise yourself.”
She still recalls the words of Marie Baron (Head of Vocal Discipline at Sheridan): “Be patient. You’re exactly where you are supposed to be in this moment. Tomorrow you might feel differently…perhaps because you’ve had another day of practice!”
Learn more about Sheridan’s Bachelor of Music Theatre-Performance program.