Rebecca wants to be a living legend.
Right now, she’s a stressed-out housewife who moonlights as a cabaret diva in her dreams. She spends her daytime hours honing her dishwashing and laundry skills. Rebecca also chases her son around the house, deftly keeping knives and choking hazards out of his small hands. During her son’s naps, she catches up on her “stories” and drinks too much coffee.
Whenever a random paying gig pops up, Rebecca sings lead vocals with 38th Street, a blues duo with guitarist, Daniel Burgun. Sometimes, she is a featured soloist with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO) centered in Pittsburgh, PA. Her theatre credits include performances with Ruckus Productions at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Rebecca also sings and gyrates with a butter churn as Goody Plenty in Amish Burlesque, performed at the Cabaret in Theatre Square, downtown Pittsburgh, and around Western Pennsylvania.
After singing Kurt Weill’s “Surabaya Johnny” with ELCO in their Das Uber-Kabarett, Rebecca’s inner diva stirred. She decided it was finally time to take the stage with her own performance project – a CABARET! Teaming up with a pianist, the lovely Reni Monteverde, Rebecca will spin her tales and sing songs chosen to make both your belly and heart ache. Her first full-length cabaret entitled “Bring on the Men” will debut at Modern Formations Gallery in January of 2011.
Rebecca works part-time as a teaching artist in Pittsburgh schools for Gateway to the Arts, crafting and teaching workshops that infuse literacy instruction with the arts. Gateway to the Arts recently named Rebecca as Hardie Artist of the Year for 2008/2009 for her involvement with their Aesthetic Education program, associated with the Lincoln Center Institute in NYC, and her work as a Wolftrap Master Teacher in preschool instruction. Also through Gateway, she teaches professional development trainings and coaches early childhood teachers. She visits local libraries and classrooms as a children’s storyteller and developed a traveling show of “The Little Red Hen” with Mr. Burgun. Rebecca is also an instructor at the Boyd Community Center in Fox Chapel, where she teaches children’s acting and music throughout the year.
Rebecca holds a BA in art history/film studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in elementary education from Duquesne University.