Rebecca Wear is a freelance director, dramaturg, and educator currently based in California (previously New York).
Rebecca makes work about the things we don't know how to talk about; she gravitates towards culturally specific new work that examine how ideas, capital, and identities shift across borders, time, and language.
To mine this complexity, she often collaborates with musicians and composers, choreographers and dancers, puppeteers, and surrounding/repurposed geography.
Rebecca is a resident director at HERO Theatre and was a member of the The National Director's Fellowship 2019 cohort (the O'Neill/NNPN/the Kennedy Center/SDC). She was also a 2023 finalist for New York Stage and Film's Pfaelzer Award. Her creative collaborations have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the UC Critical Refugees Studies Collective. Her work has been Ovation Recommended (Los Angeles), Suzi Recommended (Atlanta), and awarded Annual Best of Cincinnati.
Previously, she's studied in Taiwan, traveled with a Communist street theatre troupe in India, and trained in Thai massage in a hippie commune.
Rebecca has mentored Core Company students through the Orchard Project, co-led directing workshops at the Kennedy Center, and is an Assistant Professor of Directing at UC Santa Cruz. She also holds a PhD from UC Santa Barbara with foci in neoliberalism, Asian diasporas, and feminist Marxist theories of labor.