Sunshine Face Productions
SFP Founder - Artistic Director - Head of Theatre and Education Divisions - Teacher - Production Director
Rachel loves her job! She feels so fortunate that she is able to share her passion of the arts through teaching, directing, writing, mentoring, and performing!
She has been teaching singing, acting, musical theatre, and performance skills to children, teens, and adults for 17+ yrs. Her students have gone on national tours, released albums, are in bands, have been accepted to performing arts programs and schools (high schools & colleges), have been cast in regional/NYC theatre (Off-Off-Broadway/Off-Broadway), movies (Noah, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Top Five), music videos, commercials (Miller Lite, Beats By Dre, Sleepy's, Optimum
Business), Netflix, and on TV (Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, The Mysteries Of Laura, Royal Pains, Smash, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Orange Is The New Black, Golden Boy, & NBC's The Voice competition).
Whether working in a private lesson or with a group class (small by design), Rachel is able to focus on each student's individual needs and develop their technique and skills at a comfortable pace. Each student is taught slightly differently to accommodate their personal learning style. This helps each student grow as a performer at their own pace. Rachel challenges each student without intimidation and without taking away the part of them that makes each student unique! She teaches healthy technique that is based on the science of how the mind/body works & can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.
Rachel is also fully background checked with finger printing. She works with the philosophy that both the teacher and student must feel comfortable and work together (like a team) in the private lesson or group class at all times. Without this effort, the student cannot reach their full potential. Rachel's students come from all walks of life but they all want to be the best at their chosen craft. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to give all of her students what they need to not only become the best artists they can be but to eventually become self-sufficient singers/performers.
Rachel is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, VASTA (The Voice and Speech Trainers Association), NATS (The National Association of Teachers of Singing Certified), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), NJMEA (NJ Music Educators Association), MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs), BMI (Broadcast Music Inc), NAMTA (North America Music Teacher Association), and The NJ Theatre Alliance.
Rachel has 25+ years of intense Bel Canto vocal training with a master teacher, 12+ years of musical theatre training, and 10+ years of Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Meisner, and Chekhov acting training (theater/on camera). She has trained at some of NJ’s and NYC’s well respected schools like The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Action Theatre Conservatory, The Barrow Group, Weist-Barron Studios, and TVI Studios.
As a performer, Rachel has 30 years of experience including originating the role of “Antigone” in “Oedipus: The Musical” (NYC). Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos, and numerous stage credits (Regional, Off-Off Broadway, Off- Broadway, NYC Theatre). Rachel is also a songwriter (15+ years), director, scriptwriter, and an international recording artist (8+ years). Her album, “Just Meant To Be”, is available on itunes and her original singles, “Don’t Even Try” and “You Will Love On”, can be viewed on Youtube. Rachel won the 2014 “Female Vocalist I Like It Award” for her song “Don’t Even Try” from JPF/SP Promotions/Productions. Her newest song, Bond Of Love is currently on itunes and the lyric video can be seen on youtube.
Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, studio recordings, albums, 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical (“Miss Adelaide” in “Guys And Dolls”), and 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Ms. Menconi has been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award Winners/Nominees. She is currently working on an original EP and is touring around the Tri-state area with her 80's cover band "Say 80thing". She is the lead singing, sings backup, plays tambourine, and shaker.
Rachel is also the Founder/President of “Sunshine Face” a music publishing company and is a Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment where she mentors performing artists/singers and gives them the tools to move their careers forward. She has worked with The Gifted Child Society in Allendale NJ creating/direcing The Rising Star Theatre program and was the director of the musicals and director of the drama department at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale NJ during the 2015-2016 school year. She teaches voice lessons at The Ramsey Community School and creates/teaches enrichment classes in the performing arts to 2nd-4th grader through the Demarest PTO.
Since 2014, Rachel has been the show director, vocal/music director, stager, choreographer (since 2016), stage manager, and lighting/sound/playbill designer of a 3 week performing arts summer camp called ArtQuest (funded and organized by The Wayne Education Foundation). Shows include “The Jungle Book Kids” (2014), "The Lion King Kids" (2015), "Beauty And The Beast JR" (2016), "Seussical JR" (2017), and this past summer "High School Musical JR" (2018). All performances received rave reviews and standing ovations! This summer (2019), she will be directing, vocal/music directing, choreographing, designing sound/lights/playbill, and stage managing for “The Little Mermaid JR”.
It's official! Rachel is a world record breaker! She was one of the 200+ featured singers at the Metropolitan Room's (NYC) attempt to get into the Guinness Book Of World Records for The Longest Variety Show (60 hours of non-stop show!) They did it!
Examples Of Some Of Rachel's Work
Bond Of Love
Written and Sung by Rachel Menconi
End of Heartbreaker
Pat Benatar Cover
End of The Wizard And I
Wicked, Musical Theater Cover