Rebecca is super excited to be on the teaching team at Civic Theatre! She thoroughly enjoys the professional and encouraging atmosphere at Civic, as well as the warmth and creativity the students constantly display. It’s such a fun and inspiring atmosphere!
Rebecca has been in love with theatre since kindergarten, when she played the Grandma in her class production of Little Red Riding Hood, and she spent much of her time on stage during high school at East Kentwood. She went on to earn a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis on costume design from Smith College in 1991. Since then, she has designed costumes for multiple groups in the GR area including Civic Theatre’s Performance Block and SRTI, Shadblow Theatre, Master Arts Theatre, and multiple area high schools. Some credits include: Winnie the Pooh, Kids, Seussical Kids, All Shook Up, Man of la Mancha, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Music Man, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Robin Hood, Tales of Beatrix Potter, and A Wrinkle in Time.
In addition to costuming, she has taught theatre and other arts-related classes for over twenty years and served as theatre director at Freedom Christian School for six years. She currently teaches speech and theatre at Foursquare Community, a home school enrichment organization, and serves on Shadblow Theatre’s board of directors.
She’s very thankful for her delightful family that includes her loving husband, six wonderful children, an amazing son-in-law, two adorable granddaughters (soon to be three!), and two super cuddly lap dogs. They constantly provide encouragement, support, and appreciation of good theatre (and all the time it requires!).
What inspires you?
Seeing, experiencing and collaborating with others in creative endeavors. I also really enjoy laughter with family and friends and coffee, preferably all at the same time.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) and Pippi Longstocking
What was your favorite after school snack growing up?
Homemade bread with homemade peach jam (my mother’s)