Rachel Briley

Associate Professor

Theatre - Theatre for Young Audiences

211 Taylor Theatre



Rachel Briley is an Associate Professor in her fourteenth year at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is the head of the M.F.A. program in Theatre for Youth and the Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. She came to North Carolina from Michigan where she served as the Director of Theatre Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to that, Rachel taught and directed at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She has been a teaching artist at Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts where she conducted professional development workshops for in-service teachers and residencies for pre-school children in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Arizona, and Michigan since 1992. Rachel has expertise in integrating American Sign Language (ASL), music, and drama in the education of the young child. She is also drawn to work in the drama classroom that explores social inequities and inspires students to become more actively involved in their communities. Rachel was a member of the 2006 Leadership Greensboro class where she assisted in the development of the Guilford Education Alliance’s first Education Leadership Academy. She served on the board of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) for four years. She recently completed the Women’s Executive Leadership program through the Impact Center in Washington, DC. Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Catholic University of America with a B.A. in music (1989) and received her M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University (1996). She is fluent in ASL and proficient in Spanish.