Rachel Giammarella was seven the first time she was called “a carpetbagger” and has taken the twenty years since to turn that initial insult into a title she clings to today. She came to Nashville this past July via Cleveland, Tennessee via Dalton, Georgia via Elmwood Park, New Jersey but still holds to the title of “Jersey girl”. It is that level of strength mixed with stubbornness that led her to audition for Listen to Your Mother.
Despite not being a mother herself, Rachel is excited to share a different side of motherhood with the Listen to Your Mother audience. Although she has done a few theatrical performances in the past, Rachel has never done a performance where she’s reading an original piece. However, she is beyond thrilled and excited to share a piece of her story with the audience at TPAC on April 30th.
After Rachel graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and she decided to pursue physiology at Middle Tennessee State University. One would think that such a scientific study would not be conducive to creative writing, or to that point, writing at all. However, Rachel has found that using the writing as a creative outlet only helps her studies of the natural world.
Rachel currently lives in West Nashville with her newlywed wife, their mongrel of a dog, and two very fluffy cats. She and her wife are often seen wandering around Centennial Park occasionally with Starbucks cups in hand. If you were to come by their house on any given day, you would most likely find Rachel with an oversized cup of Irish breakfast tea and an anatomy and physiology book on her lap.by