Rachel Goldberg earned her BA in Theater and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Directing for Film, Theater and Television from the California Institute of the Arts.
As a proud participant in AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, Rachel created the award-winning short film "Neighbors," starring Kelli Garner (PAN AM) and Edi Gathegi (TWILIGHT, X-MEN). Soon after, she was named one of "30 Emerging Filmmakers to Watch" by Film Independent where she was a 2011-2012 Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow in Writing/Directing. Rachel was a finalist for the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship the same year.
She has had the great pleasure of working in the editing department of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 with Quentin Tarantino, and was one of 16 filmmakers chosen to study under David Sacks (THE SIMPSONS) and Jason Venokur (3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN) as a Jewish Impact Films Fellowship Recipient.
Her work in film and television has garnered numerous awards including the HBO Short Film Award for MUTED, starring Chandra Wilson (GREY'S ANATOMY) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (THE COSBY SHOW), from the American Black Film Festival; the Director's Choice Award from the Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival for MUTED; Best Short Film Award for NEIGHBORS from Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival; the Alternative Spirit Award for NEIGHBORS from the Rhode Island International Film Festival; Best Short Film for ROSITA LOPEZ FOR PRESIDENT, starring Daniela Bobadilla (AWAKE, ANGER MANAGEMENT) and Charlie Robinson (HART OF DIXIE), from the Riverbend Film Festival; the Broader Vision Award from the Garden State Film Festival for MAN, WHERE'S MY SHOE?, numerous Best Pilot award's for BOTTLE ROCKETS, among many more.
Stephen Nemeth, famed producer of THE SESSIONS has said of NEIGHBORS, "With the skills of a seasoned film director, Rachel has served up a balanced/nuanced/serious film with just the right dose of levity...I anxiously look forward to her next film."
Her theater production of Vern Theissens’s "Apple" was described as “poetry in motion” by the LA Weekly, and “stunning,” by the LA Stage Scene.
Recently, the feature version of NEIGHBORS, currently titled, TRANSFORMATION AWAITS, which she co-wrote with the immensely talented Jonathan Pope Evans, was a quarterfinalist for the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship, placing it in the top 5% of over 7500 scripts, and was selected for Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab.
Rachel has taught writing, directing, media production and acting at the University of Pennsylvania, Occidental College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and elsewhere.