Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rachel Michaela discovered her love for acting while pursuing her MA in Mental Health Counseling. Described by her late mentor and friend Sam Christensen as a natural talent and "the most delightful American actress since Rosalind Russell," Rachel enjoys exploring all facets of creative expression and performance.
As an actress, Rachel is consistently evolving her craft, expanding her unique approach to performing as an improviser, and as a theater, television, and film actress. Next stop: NYC!
Rachel can often be found exploring the great outdoors with her dog, hunting down the best cup of black coffee in town, and writing short stories, screenplays, and poetry. She has found a new love in combat sports. Her favorite pastimes include surfing the beaches of San Diego, exploring in the Jemez mountains, attending live music events, and wind tunnel skydiving.
Santa Fe Improv has been teaching improvisation to actors and writers, artists and scientists, students, therapists, lawyers, teachers, retirees, entrepreneurs, and more, for over a decade.
Our program is ideal for anyone interested in challenging themselves with something new, personally satisfying, and fun.
Our ongoing improv classes are our “Weekly Practice.” Like any creative activity, or one that takes time to fully realize, like yoga or mindfulness, improvisation is a practice that deepens and strengthens over time. All students new to the school begin with Fundamentals, giving them an opportunity to build a solid foundation in SFI’s long form improvisation.