Steppenwolf taps Rebecca Rugg for new Associate Producer post

Yale School of Drama  instructor Rebecca Rugg will join the Steppenwolf  Theatre  Company  in the newly-created position of Associate Producer. The post involves  “work(ing)”  closely with the Director of Artistic Development to implement new initiatives, provide dramaturgical expertise and continue to deepen Steppenwolf’s commitment to the development of new plays,” according to a written statement from the theater.

 Rugg has strong local ties in addition to a background that spans continents.  This season in Chicago, in addition to being an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre  Company, she was the dramaturg on 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal with the 500 Clown ensemble and for the world premiere of  Fake written and directed by Eric Simonson for the Steppenwolf Downstairs theater. 

Rugg comes to the position with  a strong background in dramturgy, most recently working as in instructor in the Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama. She also served as dramaturg and director of new projects at the Joseph Papp Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival under George C. Wolfe.  She was dramaturg on the original productions of Caroline, or Change, Harlem Song, Radiant BabyElaine Stritch at Liberty and together with Joe’s Pub Director Bill Bragin, commissioned Passing Strange

 In addition to her dramaturgy skills, Rugg has substantial producing credits, having produced  the  University network of the 365 Festival – a festival based on 365 Days/365 Plays, a year-long play cycle written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.  Working  with Parks and Bonnie Metzgar (now the Artistic Director of About Face Theatre) , Rugg helped bring the 365 Days/365 Plays cycle to hundreds of theaters, universities and art spaces throughout the U.S. and abroad. The labor-intensive project drew kudos from Time Magazine, which named the 365 Festival one of its top ten theater events in 2006. 

Rugg’s criticism and translations have been published in American Theater, Theater Magazine and Performing Arts Journal. She holds a BFA and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, an MA from University of California, Riverside and a BA from Cornell University.  She has been a Jacob Javits Fellow, Djerassi Resident Artist, Fellow at U.C. Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society and a member of the Foundry, Ma-Yi and Hip Hop Theater Festival’s delegation to the 2007 World Social Forum.

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