|Born||Rebecca Claire Gilman
|Notable awards||Evening Standard Award|
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.
A production of her adaptation of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was the occasion of a protest by actors who felt only a deaf person should play a deaf person on stage. She is a professor in Northwestern University's Department of Radio-TV-Film 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."
- The American in Me
- Dollhouse, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's play
- My Sin and Nothing More
- The Crime of the Century
- The Crowd You're In With
- The Land of Little Horses
- The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
- Spinning Into Butter (2000), which won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and a Jeff Award
- Boy Gets Girl (2000)
- The Glory of Living (2001), a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and won an M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, an After Dark Award, a Jeff Citation, the George Devine Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright
- Blue Surge (2001)
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (2005), adapted from the novel by Carson McCullers
- The Boys are Coming Home (book by Gilman, music and lyrics by Leslie Arden)
- Lord Butterscotch and the Curse of the Darkwater Phantom (co-written with Lisa Dillman and Brett Neveu; world premiere, Fall 2007)
- Luna Gale (2014) 
Personal life and awards
She lives in Chicago.
She received the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays as well as a Jeff Award for Spinning into Butter. According to Chris Jones, this play made her "One of America's most talked-about and sought-after playwrights."
Gilman won the Scott McPherson Award and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. She likes to discuss issues in her plays. The Glory of Living is about a mother brutally killing runaways and hitchhikers in an attempt to please her husband. Boy Gets Girl (2000) looks at the power and violence in gender relations. Blue Surge (2001) looks at class, as Spinning into Butter looks at race.
-  chicagodramatists.org
- "Programs" writersforum.org
- Time Magazine's List of Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade #5 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 2, 2010)
-  time.com
- "Discussion of the issues raised by the protest about 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' production and script thefastertimes.com
- Healy, Patrick (October 14, 2009). "Hearing Man in Deaf Role Stirs Protests in New York". The New York Times.
- "Department of Radio-TV-Film" northwestern.edu
- "Twenty Questions". American Theatre (magazine) (Theatre Communications Group) 19 (2): 88. 2002. ISSN 8750-3255.
- See the Goodman Theatre website for more information.
- See Gilman, Rebecca. Spinning into Butter. 2nd edn. New York: Faber and Faber, Inc., 2000.
- Jones, Chris. "Spotlighting Racism Brings Anxiety as Well as Success." The New York Times, July 23, 2000, II.5 sec.
- Stacks, Geoffrey. "Simon wasn't there: the Sambo strategy, consumable theater, and Rebecca Gilman's Spinning into Butter." African American Review, 40.2 (2006): 285-298.
-  dramatistsguild.com