About Rachael Ma
Rachael Ma’s professional career covers the spectrum. From Broadway musical theater to ballet companies, choreographer to international performer, music videos to national film festivals; she is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and teacher.
Her dance education began at Dance Dimensions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater and continued with Sarasota Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts and RiverNorth Chicago Jazz Company. She also trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, Dance New Amsterdam (Gibney Dance), and American Dance Festival NYC.
Later, she was recruited as a scholarship student at Towson University, Maryland where she was mentored by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. In college Rachael received numerous awards for choreography and performance including adjudications from the American Collegiate Dance Festival Association, 1st Place from the Maryland Film and Arts Festival, Maryland Arts Council recognitions and was honored to have her work featured alongside Nai-Nee Chen and Dana Tai-Soon Burgess in concert. She would later travel to Sao Paolo, Brazil to choreograph and would be offered an internship with modern company, Misnomer Dance Theater, the creative team behind the Bjork music video for “Wanderlust”.
Upon graduating magna cum laude, she relocated to New York City to dance professionally. Rachael explored artistic dance mediums by performing with various dance companies but would develop a long-standing relationship with dance/comedy/cabaret troupe The Love Show, which yielded wild opportunities including performing alongside street-art renegade Banksy, Cardi B, Claptone, Future, singing for electro-funk duo Chromeo, and international tours in the Caribbean, Japan, and Egypt.
Rachael debuted in the Off-Broadway holiday classic, the Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as performing in over 10+ Off-broadway shows including sold-out Rock Opera “Severed “at the Highline Ballroom. She was the Assistant Choreographer for Broadway Lab Cool Papa’s Party, and worked pre-production rehearsals with Josh Bergasse for, On The Town, which won the Tony Award for best revival in 2015. Rachael most recently added long running NYC institution ‘Shakespeare In The Park’ to her resume with a summer production of The Public Theater’s, Twelfth Night, which took place in the revered Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.
Rachael ventured beyond dance and added Film/TV to her repertory; most notably for a role opposite Anjelica Houston in NBC’s musical series SMASH and the lovable role of Robot opposite Frank Langella in Robot and Frank. She can also be seen in cameos on FOX’s Gotham, in the Oscar-winning movie Birdman, co-star opposite Nick Jonas, and stared in Hulu series, Don't Know Jack.
Her performances profited reviews "4'11 bundle of dynamite" from BackStage, BroadwayWorld.com, New York Post, New York Metro, The Village Voice and a photographed feature in the New York Times. Robot and Frank also won the Alfred P. Sloan Award at Sundance Film Festival. Photographs of Rachael can be seen worldwide in Jordan Matter’s best-selling series, Dancers Among Us.
Rachael is a proud member of both unions AEA and SAG/AFTRA.