In addition to being part of the Florida Repertory Theatre’s permanent ensemble cast, Rachel Burttram also created her own virtual playwright project during the pandemic, and she recently appeared in a new Disney Plus show based on Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.

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Artist Profile: Caught in the Act

Florida Repertory Theatre’s Rachel Burttram is playing parts on stage, online and on TV.

For an actress who’s barely left the 1940s duplex that she’s been renovating in the historic Gardner’s Park district of downtown Fort Myers, Rachel Burttram has a lot going on these days. Since the pandemic started last spring, she starred in Florida Repertory Theatre’s online production of the Tony Award-winning A Doll’s House, Part 2. Meanwhile, she and her actor husband Brendan Powers created Tiny Theatre, a much-buzzed-about alternative to live theater, in which they perform new plays from the makeshift stage they created in their closet and then stream them on Facebook Live. With barely any props or costumes used, the emotive duo has garnered attention from American Theatre and other publications for their Tiny Theatre performances. Burttram also received rave reviews when she starred in the one-woman, online play for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 98 People on Live by Audrey Cefaly. In between, she directed a Zoom play-reading for the Women’s Theatre Festival; with her husband, she conceived, wrote, directed and starred in an online interactive mystery theater event; and  she wrote and received artistic grants from the New York-based Actor’s Fund and the Lee County-based Alliance for the Arts. Burttram wears various hats with Florida Rep, starring in plays (including The House of Blue Leaves and Talley's Folly, seen here), directing shows, teaching classes and being on the b
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