How it started...

Ribix Productions was formed in 2015 by Rachel Pengilly and Shannon Parnell with a simple idea: that no one should feel incapable because of their age. Young people have big ideas that are so rarely realised and we set out to challenge this in the performing arts industry. 

Our inaugural production of The Train Station hit the Canberra “stage” (and by that, we mean a little church hall in Belconnen) in early 2016 and was seen by approximately 130 people over 3 nights. 

In 2018, our first main-stage production Foxes: The Musical premiered at Belconnen Community Theatre (an actual stage this time), enjoying a sold out run and rave reviews from audience members. 

How it's going...

Today, Ribix Productions is a fully fledged, pre-professional theatre company with a focus on accessibility, artist welfare, and new works. We aim to:

  • Produce exciting and high-quality, new and original content that places young people at the centre of the story
  •  Provide professional and pre-professional opportunities for local creators and performers, with a focus on safe, inclusive and diverse creative spaces
  • Champion accessibility within the arts, specifically targeting students, those experiencing disability, and those experiencing economic hardship. 
A group of young people sit on a stage floor, looking intently at the director (not pictured).


Rachel, a young woman with light brown hair, cups her chin in her hands, staring directly into the camera.

Rachel Pengilly


Rachel Pengilly is an award-winning Australian actor, director, playwright and storyteller. She holds a double Bachelor degree in Arts and Education (Chancellor’s Award). 

Working extensively across film and theatre, Rachel made her professional stage debut in 2021 as Lizzie in Echo Theatre’s critically acclaimed Wolf Lullaby. Other stage credits include Bare Witness’ I Have No Enemies, and Q the Locals’ Demented by Ruth Pieloor. Rachel has directed two productions for Ribix: Foxes: The Musical and The Train Station. She is set to direct Ribix’s 2023 production of Legacies, which she also wrote.

Rachel was most recently seen in Comments (Winner of the Audience Choice Award in Freshflix 2022 and a Judges’ Select for Lift-Off Los Angeles Film Festival), directed by Danielle Baynes. Additional screen credits include Bullying is a Crime (Honourable Mentions, Peter McKinnon x Fiverr) and The Melody (Best Supporting Actress, UC mcp2019). 

Rachel was a resident artist at Belco Arts Centre in 2021 for her play Legacies, receiving support for a two week development. In 2022, she was also one of the Young Ambassadors for the Q.

When she’s not working within the creative industry, Rachel is a high-school and college teacher in the ACT, with a specialisation in drama. Her passion is making the arts come alive for young people. 


Shannon Parnell


Shannon Parnell is a musician, singer, composer and songwriter. 

Her most recent musical theatre credit was composing and lyric-writing for Foxes: The Musical, for which she was nominated the Patricia Kelson Encouragement Award in the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards. Her incidental compositions also appear in The Train Station. Coming up, Shannon is slated as composer for Ribix’s 2023 production of Legacies

As an actor, Shannon’s film credits include the award-winning short film The Melody, and Mortix Lux, which was a monthly semi-finalist at the Changing Face International Film Festival. 

Shannon also enjoys working in theatre and film across a range of backstage and production roles. When she’s not composing or performing, Shannon works as a physiotherapist. She is also currently working on her first EP. 


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