Theresa Rebeck is a prolific and widely produced playwright, screenwriter, television writer and novelist whose work can be seen and read throughout the United States and abroad.
Her upcoming all-female spy thriller 355 (for Jessica Chastain) has been picked up for US distribution by Universal.
This fall, her fourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, making Rebeck the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time. Her new comedy Seared premieres this summer at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival and her play Downstairs, starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly, had its New York Premiere in November at Primary Stages.
Other New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts (starring Katie Holmes); Seminar (starring Alan Rickman); Mauritius(starring F. Murray Abraham), all on Broadway; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at Roundabout Theatre Company; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Other notable plays include Poor Behavior, Omnium Gatherum (co-written), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013, and What We’re Up Against, which was written in 1992 and revived last year against the backdrop of the #timesup movement.
All of Rebeck’s plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes I, II III, and IV and in acting editions available from Samuel French or Playscripts. As an author, Rebeck has written three novels: Three Girls and Their Brother (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2008), Twelve Rooms with A View (Random House/Shaye Areheart Books, 2010) and I’m Glad About You (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016), along with Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business.
In television, Rebeck created the NBC showbiz drama “Smash,” and has written for “Canterbury’s Law,” “LA Law,” NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Dream On,” Brooklyn Bridge,” and many more. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Upcoming film projects include 355 (for Jessica Chastain’s production company, Freckle Films) and Trouble, starring Angelica Huston and Bill Pullman.
For her work on “NYPD Blue,” Rebeck won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Writers’ Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody Award. Other Awards include a GLAAD Award (for “Smash”), the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award (for The Bells), the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and more. In 2011, Rebeck was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek.
Originally from Cincinnati, Rebeck holds an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild, a Contributing Editor to the Harvard Review, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company, a Playwright Adviser and Board Member of the LARK and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.