Rebecca Engle

Rebecca Engle


Professional Overview: 

Theatre History, Acting, Theatre Masterpieces
Rebecca Engle has worked as a professional actress and director at such Bay Area institutions as the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, the Eureka Theatre and the Bay Area Playwright's Festival. Before joining the Performing Arts faculty at Saint Mary's College, she taught in the theatre training programs of San Jose State, UC Berkeley and the Drama Studio of London at Berkeley, among others. As a director, Ms. Engle is known for her physically-heightened ensemble-driven productions of contemporary American plays - Ellen McLaughlin's Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Anthony Clarvoe's The Brothers Karamazov, Octavio Solis' Marfa Lights and Susan Lori Parks' Venus among them. Her directorial work has been frequently honored by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. In 2005 she received their "Excellence in Education" award, and at the start of 2009 she was awarded the 2009 Kennedy Center National teaching Artist Grant. Ms. Engle has extensive experience with the collaborative process, and her work with playwrights, poets, dancers and musicians has yielded a number of original, movement-based works of theatre.

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Contact Information: 

LeFevre Theatre - 6

Phone: 925-631-4159



Saint Mary's College

Performing Arts

Box 4268

Moraga, CA 94575

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Contemporary Women Playwrights (Theatre Seminar), Advanced Acting, World Drama

Regularly Taught:

  • Acting I: Principles of Performance, Theatre Masterpieces, Performance Lab, Bay Area Theatre



  • "Lorca In a Green Dress". Apostrof Theatre Festival, Disk Theatre/Prague. (July 2007)
    Directed redesigned/restaged touring production of "Lorca in a Green Dress." Produced in collaboration with University of Michigan and Czech Republic theatre conservatory DAMU.

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • 2008 KCACTF Region VIII Teaching Artist (Theatre Directing) - American College Theatre Festival (October 2008)
    This regional award recognizes outstanding achievement as a teacher and artist.
  • 2009 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant - Kennedy Center (January 2009)
    The award will underwrite a residency at Artists' Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) Summer 2009 for the development of "The Hillsboro Story."
  • Office of Vice Provost For Research - University of Michigan (January 2007)
    Funding for "The Prague Project: Lorca in a Green Dress", an international theatre collaboration.