Rachel Engstrom is the Costume Lab Supervisor and a lecturer at UNC Charlotte, where she has designed the recent fall and spring dance concerts. She is also a freelance costume designer with local credits including The Producers, Spring Awakening, and Memphis at Theatre Charlotte, The Mousetrap, The Bridges of Madison County, James and the Giant Peach, and Sleuth at CPCC. Engstrom previously taught at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, CA. She has designed for productions at the University of California–Irvine, Chapman University, OC Centric New Play Festival, Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, New American Theatre, The Blank Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Monica, and Theatre of NOTE. Rachel has worked in several costume shops including South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Laguna Playhouse, and American Players Theatre.
She holds a BA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Costume Design from California State University – Long Beach.