Kelsey Rainwater

Kelsey Rainwater

Kelsey is an actress based out of the ancestral lands of the Munsee Lenape people, or today’s Hudson County. Kelsey is a Faculty Lecturer in Acting and Stage Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale and is one of the faculty Intimacy and Fight Director’s. She is a Fight and Intimacy Advisor for Yale College, and she has been named one of the Resident Fight and Intimacy Director’s for Yale REP. Kelsey has recently worked as Intimacy Coach on Bess Wohl’s film Baby Ruby. In theatre, Kelsey worked on A Raisin in the Sun at Yale Repertory Theatre and has partnered with Michael Rossmy on the intimacy direction for Susan Lori Parks’ White Noise directed by Oskar Eustis, Measure For Measure for The Public’s Mobile Unit, and Blue’s For An Alabama Sky with the Keen Company. At DGSD Kelsey has collaborated on multiple productions including How Black Girls Get Over Fuckbois, Tilted, and Is God Is

Onstage she has most recently been seen in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Hamlet alongside Michael Urie, and in The Folger Theatre’s Love’s Labor’s Lost.  Other credits include productions at The Flea, Capital Repertory Theater, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Kelsey was also seen in a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe Sam Wanamaker Festival. Kelsey’s onscreen credits include Archive 81, Elementary, Madame Secretary, and Broad City.

She received her MFA in Acting from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and Shakespeare’s Globe London. She has taken part in many workshops for physical theater with Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito van Reigersberg, Basil Twist, and Everett Quinton.