Rachel Darden is a first-year MFA Acting candidate who has come to UTK from her home state of Colorado. After receiving her BA in Musical Theatre, she spent time in New York City before taking time off acting to explore such interests as yurt living, hitchhiking through New Zealand, and making pie. For the past four years, she has been honing her craft in the Denver area and has been an active member in the Education Department at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Rachel is an avid puzzler and the proud aunt of two cats.