Welcome to the personal website of Rachel Wayne.

Who I Am from Rachel Wayne on Vimeo.

Personal statement

Education

I have a BA from Valdosta State University in Georgia; I double majored in Cultural Anthropology and Theatre Arts. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida. My focus is on visual anthropology, incorporating film/media studies and applied anthropology. As part of UF’s combined Anthropology graduate program, I intend to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD in Applied Visual Anthropology.

What is visual anthropology?

Anthropology is often confused with archaeology, the study of ancient cultures through artifacts. However, cultural anthropology often involves artifacts as well, in certain theoretical orientations and in specific subfields such as visual anthropology. The new artifacts through which the interactions and construction of government, commerce, leisure activities, and sexuality are in ever-evolving forms of media in intertextual, largely visual form. Filmmaking and anthropology are set to merge.

Career

I write for the stage and screen, and intend to work on developing educational and immersive works using audiovisual media and spearhead altruistic programs based on artistic engagement, through my emerging company CerridwenWorks. My goal is to bring the world not only enjoyment but social awareness and intellectually engaging characters and ideas. I enjoy the artistic process, collaborating with people who share my love of the visual media, and creating artifacts of beauty.

Community engagement

I work in several different capacities in local theatre, including workshops, stage management, and production design.
I volunteer for the Veterans Administration, helping disabled and homeless veterans regain social skills through improvisational theatre exercises.
I’m always looking to build my portfolio and professional network. Will work non-paid positions for experience and food/travel compensation. Paid positions are always better, of course. Check me out on LinkedIn and check out my resumé. Contact me at filmafic06 [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to hire me.
I do:
  • properties design and management
  • set decoration
  • special effects design and execution
  • makeup design and execution
  • costume design and wardrobe management
  • screenwriting and playwriting
  • stage and company management
I’m looking for more experience in:
  • camera operation
  • sound recording and mixing
  • storyboarding

Looking for research collaborators

My primary applied visual anthropology pursuit is a multimedia research project into the bullying phenomenon in schools (See Research Updates). At this stage of my research, I am seeking Florida-based collaborators interested in a CAPS (cultural anthropology, psychology, and sociology) approach to studying bullying among children and harassment among adults, who may be interested in documentary filmmaking, workshop development, and/or applied theatre. Please contact me at filmafic06 [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested.