School of Fine & Performing Arts
College of Arts
Rachel Baynton is co-artistic director of Proto-type Theater alongside Gillian Lees and Andrew Westerside. Proto-type are a company of multi-disciplinary artists who create original performance work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium. Recently, this has included touring theatre (The Amnesty International nominated, A Machine they’re Secretly Building - part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase), site-specific installation (Through the Walls), a two-week long theatrical experience using pervasive technologies (Fortnight), and a multimedia concert-performance featuring a live laptop orchestra and animation (The Good, the God and the Guillotine). They have been making work and supporting young artists in the US, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Armenia, France, Zimbabwe and the UK since 1997. Critics have called their work ‘an intriguing brush with altered reality’ (New York Times), ‘smartly intelligent... coolly reasoned theatre’ (The Guardian) and ‘enthralling’ (Zambezi News). Rachel studied at Dartington College of Arts, going on to create the site-specific Bulliver Project (for South Devon Railway), and international writing collaboration, Finish This. She has worked with the BBC on radio drama The Forgotten Suffragette, and on Fallen, an operatic chamber piece, performed live to commemorate and coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. She has written and directed community work for the Paines Plough Roundabout, and for youth theatre companies in venues and festivals around the country, and has toured large-scale outdoor performances to English Heritage sites. She managed the collections at Lancaster University’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) and is currently Lecturer and Creative Engagement Producer for the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln.
Contemporary Performance, Theatre Making, Site Specific Art, interdisciplinarity, Writing, Arts Management & Cultural Industries, Arts Marketing, Practice as Research.
Rachel is a Trustee of Rhubarb Theatre, a children's charity (No. 1114289) who create new theatre work for children and their families, and specialise in creative experiences for those with additional needs. She is also a Board Member for Flickbook Theatre, a graduate company from University of Lincoln, sits on the Usher/Collection Visual Arts Advisory Panel, and is a Partner in LCAP (Lincoln Cultural & Arts Partnership) who represent Lincoln's cultural and visitor economy sectors, working to drive cultural growth in the city. Currently Rachel is providing artistic consultancy for 'The World at Her Feet', a community theatre project celebrating the city's history and women's football, and is providing artistic and strategic mentoring for Ten29, an emerging theatre company based in at Leicester De Montfort University.