THERESA REBECK is a playwright, novelist, television writer and director who joined the Board of Trustees in 2004. She has served there as a Playwright Advisor and a mentor to numerous playwrights, and has hosted an annual writers’ retreat in Dorset, Vermont for many years. Her theatrical work—some of which she has developed at The Lark—includes The Understudy, Seminar, Mauritius, The Scene,
The Water’s Edge, Spike Heels, Bad Dates, Loose Knit, The Butterfly Collection, View of the Dome, The Bells, and The Family of Mann. Publications include her Collected Plays Volumes I, II and III; Free Fire Zone (fall 2007), all with Smith & Kraus; and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books. Produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks, Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene), and Poor Behavior (adapted from her play of the same title). In television, she has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash. She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells. Mauritius was originally produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Eliot Norton Award. Other awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. She is originally from Cincinnati and holds an MFA in Playwriting 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, and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.