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Rebecca Taichman

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Rebecca Taichman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman attend the 2017 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at the Sofitel Hotel on May 3, 2017 in New York City.

Rebecca Bayla Taichman’s success as the Tony award-winning director of Indecent is a reflection of her lifelong celebration of plays by and about women. Taichman began her stage career as an actress, but shifted focus when she realized that despite regularly getting work, she wouldn’t have cast herself if she were the director. She earned an MFA in theater direction from Yale University in 2000, where she made her first attempts at turning the obscenity trial of The People v. “God of Vengeance” into her thesis. Taichman began directing a blend of new plays, including Kate Robin’s Swimming in March and Sarah Ruhl’s plays The Clean House, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Stage Kiss, alongside her reinterpretations of classics such as Twelfth Night, Iphigeneia at Aulis, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Over the course of eight years, she worked with playwright Paula Vogel to transform Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance and the controversy that plagued it into Indecent, leading to Taichman’s 2016 Broadway debut as well as Tony, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle awards for best director. Taichman has taught at NYU, the O’Neill National Theater Institute, MIT, and Yale University.

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