School of Communication

Rebecca Gilman

Department of Radio/Television/Film

Associate Professor
Graduate Programs: Writing for the Screen and Stage

Rebecca Gilman’s plays include Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, The Crowd You’re In With, Dollhouse, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and The George Devine Award. Ms. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living. The film adaptation of Spinning Into Butter was released in 2009, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Education

MFA Playwriting, University of Iowa
MA English, University of Virginia
BA English, Birmingham-Southern College

Recent Publications

Dollhouse. Northwestern University Press, 2010.

The Crowd You’re In With. Northwestern University Press, 2009.

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Dramatic Publishing, 2007.

Recent Awards and Honors

Boy Gets Girl selected as on of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of the Decade, 2010

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of the Year, 2009

Ucross Foundation Artists Residency, 2008

Theatre Masters Visionary Award, 2008

The Harper Lee Award, 2008

The American Theatre Critics Association/Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award for New Plays, Finalist, 2008, The Crowd You’re In With

National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, 2007, The Crowd You’re In With

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities, Birmingham-Southern College, 2006

Recent Grants and Funding

Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, 2007

The James Irvine Foundation New Works Initiative Grant, 2007

Courses

562 Writing the Short Play
565 Full-Length Project II
464 Writing the Adaptation
464 Writing the Docudrama
360 Writing the Romance
360 Writing the Future: Utopian/Dystopian Narratives