Rebecca Johannsen is a London and California based director, actor, and dramaturg who specializes in both classics and developing new and experimental works. Movement, media, and music pervade her work, though structure connects seemingly disconnected worlds.
As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of critically acclaimed Stone Soup Theatre Company for ten years, Rebecca worked tirelessly to realize the company mission to create more roles for women, both on and off stage, as well as to produce plays that engage the community in dialogue about important issues.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, the first production Rebecca directed was Sarah Kane’s ‘4.48 psychosis’ in 2006, followed shortly after by Martin Crimp’s ‘Attempts on Her Life’. She also developed the new play ‘The Fifth String’ with playwright Janet Sternburg at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and worked for over two years to produce Erik Ehn’s epic masterwork ‘Soulogrpahine: Our Genocides’ (a compilation of 17 productions of Ehn’s plays around the world, uniting at La MaMa for 10 days of performance).
Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the joint doctoral program at the University of California Irvine and San Diego. She has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham University, California State University Northridge, and UC Irvine.