Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts
Rebecca Rugg is a highly accomplished producer and curator whose expertise is to manifest ambitious ideas, galvanize people, and to manage complex, large-scale projects across multiple sectors. She is committed to the crucial role of the arts to our civic health and to training citizen artists.
Rugg became director of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase College in 2016. She has taught at Yale University for both Yale College and the School of Drama, where she also previously served as associate chair of playwriting. In addition to Yale, she has taught at DePaul and Northwestern Universities and at the University of Chicago.
Professionally, she was the founding producer of The Great Chicago Fire Festival, developed at Redmoon Theater Company in partnership with the City of Chicago. Before joining Redmoon, she worked as artistic producer at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Before her move to Chicago, she served as dramaturg and director of new projects at the Public Theater under George C. Wolfe, focusing on musical theatre development. She was dramaturg on the original productions of Caroline, or Change; Harlem Song; Radiant Baby; and Elaine Stritch at Liberty; and commissioned Passing Strange with Joe’s Pub director Bill Bragin.
Rugg is co-editor with Harvey Young Jr. of the anthology Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun: Four New Plays (Northwestern University Press). Her criticism and translations have been published in American Theatre, Theater Magazine, and Performing Arts Journal.