Rae graduated from Exeter University Drama department in 1984 and moved to Milton Keynes where she worked for The Living Archive project and co-founded Theatre-in education company, Theatre of Fact. She worked as an actor /teacher in five day -long participatory documentary programmes – ‘No Heroes No Cowards’, ‘Iron Horses’, So Clear in my Mind’, ‘In Trouble’ and ‘Millie’s Dream’ – all toured extensively.
Then followed a period as an actor in small scale touring with Stepping Stone Theatre – ‘Gold’, focused on greed, and ‘The Dark’, a play about the treatment of witches in 17th Century Britain.
Rae co- founded MADCAP community circus and produced a series of circus shows which toured with accompanying participatory workshops to theatres, village halls, festivals, prisons, hospitals, schools and on the streets of villages, towns and cities
In Coventry through the 90’s she produced community festivals and events – most notably she founded the Godiva Festival, a free urban festival attracting over 70,000 people every year, and led the team who produced Coventry’s millennium eve High Wire event with Frenchman Ramon Kelvink walking spire to spire from Coventry’s two mediaeval church spires.
Since moving back to Devon in 2001 Rae has worked with hundreds of young people in community and education settings supporting film and animation projects, TV and radio production experiences and other participatory arts activity. She was the Director of Appledore Visual Arts Festival in 2012 and has collaborated successfully with Galleries, Libraries and Museums across Devon.
Rae is interested in affecting hearts and minds through live events. She collaborates with artists from all over the uk and is comfortable working with any art form or digital media.