Rachel Brown: CV


Mentor, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens

Feb 2023 - May 2023

  • As part of Program X: Cultural Activism and Media, mentored a group of three adult immigrants as they made a short documentary about housing in Queens.
  • Collaborated on pre-production, production, and post-production to produce Sobreviviendo en Queens (Surviving in Queens).

Member, The Illuminator, New York City

Apr 2014 - Apr 2023

  • As a collective member, supported the realization of large-scale public projections meant to shine a light on urgent social and political issues of our time
  • Collaborated on administration, creative content production, documentation via photography and video, projector & generator operation, mapping projections, driving the van and updating social media
  • Presented the collective's work and and teach our tactical media processes at various conferences and workshops

Co-Director of Youth Documentary Workshop, Educational Video Center, Manhattan

Sept 2019 - Sept 2021

  • Facilitated a rigorous afterschool documentary video production program as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy and career skills of transfer & international high school students
  • Guided students from pre-production through final edits of their self-selected social issue documentaries
  • Supported creation and presentation of portfolios which demonstrate student learning and growth

Program Manager, Beam Center, New York City

May 2019 - Aug 2019

  • Trained DOE 6th-9th grade teachers and CUNY interns in the Invention By Nature curriculum, which was focused on designing and prototyping with electronics and engineering
  • Supported teachers as they led students through technical skill-building workshops, guided design/prototyping sessions, and the development of Synthesis Projects for a final project showcase
  • Provided on-site logistical, technical, and content support to teachers and students at the High School for Art & Design

Adjunct Professor, New York University, Manhattan

Jan 2018 - May 2019

  • Facilitated "Teaching Art in a Digital Age: Media Literacy & Visual Culture" course, in which Art Education graduate students think critically about our technology-saturated society and learn how to pass critical literacy and media art skills on to their K-12th grade art students.

Learning Design Manager, Mouse, New York City

Oct 2010 - May 2019

  • As part of the Educator Engagement and Membership teams, led professional development workshops and provided ongoing support for educators using the Mouse Create curriculum with middle and high school-aged students
  • As part of the Learning Design team, designed, developed, and piloted new curriculum in a variety of STEM, computer science and soft skills including: HTML, CSS, Javascript, networking, troubleshooting, hardware, electronics, circuitry, serious games, green technology, graphic & 3D design, sewable tech, digital portfolios, leadership, and team-building
  • Shot and edited short videos to support the Mouse Create curriculum and programs

Adjunct Professor, Hunter College (CUNY), Manhattan

Aug 2015 - May 2016

  • Facilitated "Film in a Digital Age" lab courses, in which undergraduate students learned audio and video production and post-production in Premiere Pro CC

Teaching Artist (documentary video production), various, NYC

Sept 2010 - Aug 2014

  • Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Passages Academy Bronx Hope, Bronx
  • Satellite Academy High School, Manhattan
  • Dance Theatre Etcetera, Rockaway Park High School, Queens
  • Educational Video Center, Manhattan

Exhibitions and Presentations

NAMLE: Media Literacy + Social Justice Conference

July 2021

Youth Film Screening and Community Dialogue by EVC

2nd Annual Integrated Channels Exhibition, online

August 20-Dec 2020

All of a Sudden, interactive website, included in online show of multimedia, experimental and interactive works

Encuentro: The World Inside Out, Mexico City

June 9-15, 2019

  • Solo: Disordered
  • The Illuminator: Border Blaster
  • Work Group: Work/Chop/Group: Risus et Panis, Urbis et Circenses

Disordered: Conversations about mental health and society


  • Welling Court Mural Project, May 2018-May 2019
  • Participatory installations, signs, stickers, mural, NYC, September 2017-present
  • How We Create and How We Cope at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, April 15, 2018
  • Hunter College MFA Thesis Show, December 16, 2017

ORD Camp, Google, Chicago

January 25-26, 2019

Led session on utilizing art for activism and movement building at this invite-only unconference

El cine documental de Patricio Guzmán, Université d'Artois, Arras, France

March 3, 2017

Presented paper "The Political Power of the Insider Collective Voice: Through the Revolutions of The Battle of Chile and Tongues Untied"

Wall, Street., Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

February 22 - March 3, 2017

Solo show for The Illuminator

Against Competition / Towards Mutual Aid, Flux Factory / ABC No Rio, Long Island City, NY

February 1-14, 2017

Superorganism (00:11:30 interactive dual channel installation)

iArt Show, Hunter College, CUNY, New York City, NY

December 16, 2016

Unsolicited (interactive installation), collaboration with Noa Ginzburg

Encuentro eXcentrico, Santiago, Chile

July 17-23, 2016

  • The Illuminator Performance: Student Debt Rebellion
  • Round Table: Street Artists

International Critical Studies Research Group Conference, University of Brighton, Brighton, England

June 13-14, 2016

Presented paper "The Power of Tactical Media Collectives"

AgitProp!, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

April 7-August 7, 2016

Where in Brooklyn do Vultures Roost? (video installation by The Illuminator)

Allied Media Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

June 18-21, 2015

Workshop, presentation and projection intervention as The Illuminator

Open Engagement, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

April 17-19, 2015

Presentation and projection intervention as The Illuminator


YES I RODE HERE (00:10:00, HD, documentary film, 2015)

  • The Queens Drive-In, Queens, NY, September 5, 2020
  • International Short Film Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany, November 14-20, 2016
  • Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, Portland, OR, March 3-6, 2016
  • Bicycle Film Festival, New York City, NY, June 24-28, 2015

negative space > positive space (00:06:00, SD, documentary film, 2009)

Contact Dance International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 13, 2013

My Commuted Commute (00:05:00, SD, documentary film, 2010)

Bicycle Film Festival, New York City, NY, June 22-26, 2011


Cooperative Leadership Intensive, 2020

Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City

Master of Fine Arts, Integrated Media Arts, 2017

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Film and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, 2003

Hunter College of the City University of New York