DepartmentConservatory of Music
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre, University of London
  • Master of Arts in Drama, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Trinity Western University


Rachel Tracie is a theater professor, writer, director and spectator. She is interested in exploring the connections between a theoretical analysis of theater and its practical application in courses. She seeks to create a space in which students can freely engage in investigating the historical, social and spiritual aspects of theater while drawing on the richness of their liberal arts education. Her book, Christina Reid’s Theatre of Memory & Identity: Within and Beyond the Troubles, was published in 2018 by Palgrave MacMillan. Tracie is passionate about higher education and arts programming in prison as a means for transformation and rehabilitation. She serves as writing coordinator and instructor for the Prison Education Project in Southern California, and on the board of Shining Light, an organization that pairs arts programming with character strength development in Prisons across the United States. In 2020, she was awarded the L'Engle/Rahman prize in mentorship from PEN America's Prison & Justice Writing Program. She holds a Master of Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She lives in Pomona, California with her husband and their two dogs.


PEN America

Board Member, Shining Light

Prison Education Project


  • PEN America L’Engle/Rahman prize for Mentorship (Awarded Oct 2021)

  • Faculty Research Grant (2016/17) Azusa Pacific University

  • Faculty Research Grant (2015/16) Azusa Pacific University

  • College of Music and the Arts Artist Scholar Award (2014)

  • Emerging Scholar Grant (2013/14) Azusa Pacific University

  • Creative Teaching Mini-Grant (awarded 2008 & 2012) Azusa Pacific University

  • Graves Award in the Humanities (January 2010) Pomona College

  • University of London Central Research Fund (April 2004)


  • Tracie, Rachel. Christina Reid. “Theatres of Memory & Identity, Within & Beyond the Troubles.” London: Palgrave MacMillan (October 2018).

  • Tracie, Rachel. “Photography and Nostalgia in Christina Reid’s The Belle of the Belfast City.” Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture. Eds. Eóin Flannery & Michael Griffin. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009. 107-122.


  • Imagining America Conference, Chicago. Presented on “Presence, Process, and Performance: Rehabilitative Workshops for Men & Women in Prison.” October 2018.

  • Trinity Western University VergeArts Conference, Langley. Presented on “Inspiration and Intersection: Parallel Creative Process with Shared Vision.” September 2014.

  • Conference on Christianity and Literature, Azusa. Presented on “Directing Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull: Unexpected Collaborations” May 2013.

  • Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference. Albuquerque. Presented on “Hey Doll, A comparison of Ibsen and Mad Men” February 2011.

  • Christian Scholars Conference: Beauty in the Academy; Faith, Scholarship and the Arts. Nashville. Panel Participant in “Critical Review Panel: Kabul 24” June 2010.

  • Christian Scholars Conference: Beauty in the Academy; Faith, Scholarship and the Arts. Nashville. Panel Participant in “Most Beautiful Films of the Past Decade: 2000-2010”. June 2010.

  • VergeArts Conference: Arts and Community. Langley. “Staging the Troubles: Community & Identity in Northern Irish Drama.” October 2008.

  • ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education). Denver. Panel Participant in “Theatre History Textbooks” August 2008.


  • Christianity and the Creative Process

  • Freshman Writing Seminar

  • Dramatic Theory and Criticism

  • Directing

  • Introduction to Theatre

  • Script Analysis

  • Beginning Acting

  • Intermediate Acting

  • Advanced Acting

  • Periods & Styles of Performance

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