Rebecca Gilman

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Rebecca Gilman
Born Rebecca Claire Gilman
1965
Birmingham, Alabama
Occupation Playwright
Notable awards Evening Standard Award

Rebecca Gilman (born 1965 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American playwright.

Education[edit]

She attended Middlebury College, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Chicago and serves on the board of the Dramatists Guild of America.[1]

Career[edit]

Gilman was the first American playwright to win an Evening Standard Award. She serves on the advisory board for Chicago Dramatists.[2] She has received the 2008 Harper Lee Award.[3]

Her most widely known works are Spinning Into Butter, a play that addresses political correctness and racial identity, and Boy Gets Girl, which was included in Time Magazine's List of the Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade.[4]

A production of her adaptation of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter[5] was the occasion of a protest by actors who felt only a deaf person should play a deaf person on stage.[6][7] She is an associate professor in Northwestern University's Department of Radio-TV-Film [8]and core faculty in Northwestern's MFA in Writing for the Screen+Stage program.

When asked about her influences, she remarked that "I'm a big fan of Wallace Shawn. He's incredibly smart and the only writer who writes about intellectuals in a complicated and even contradictory way. He's really funny, too. I also like Donald Margulies, Kenneth Lonergan, and Conor McPherson...Caryl Churchill, Kia Corthron, and a Chicago playwright, Jamie Pachino." [9]

Plays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] dramatistsguild.com
  2. ^ [2] chicagodramatists.org
  3. ^ "Programs" writersforum.org
  4. ^ Time Magazine's List of Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade #5 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 2, 2010)
  5. ^ [3] time.com
  6. ^ "Discussion of the issues raised by the protest about 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' production and script thefastertimes.com
  7. ^ Healy, Patrick (October 14, 2009). "Hearing Man in Deaf Role Stirs Protests in New York". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Department of Radio-TV-Film" northwestern.edu
  9. ^ "Twenty Questions". American Theatre (magazine) (Theatre Communications Group) 19 (2): 88. 2002. ISSN 8750-3255. 
  10. ^ See the Goodman Theatre website for more information.
  11. ^ http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/luna-gale/

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