Rebecca Kenigsberg
Rebecca Kenigsberg
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Bio

Art is not a mirror held up to reality
but a hammer with which to shape it. -Bertolt Brecht

I’m a New York-based, California-bred theater director and educator, focused on bringing social issues to the fore-front and reframing the socio-political discourse and narrative through theater. Theater is not only a representation of our society, but has the power to shape and influence us. Rather than having my work hold up a mirror onto society, I strive to lift up a fun-house mirror, leading audiences to see their world and question their world, so they, in turn, are inspired to change our world. As a director, I look into the intersections of theater, entertainment, social justice, and political engagement. Where do these lines blur? How can theater be a tool for social justice?

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Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society . Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it. - Augusto Boal

As an educator, I work as a teaching artist with Brooklyn Acting Lab, Artists Striving to End Poverty, The International Center, Make the Road, and many more, as well as in Los Angeles, Kenya, South Africa, and Costa Rica. In addition, I offer private coaching to actors of all ages and all professional levels. In 2018, I trained at Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed in Rio and continue bringing the methodologies of TO into my work as both an educator and a director.

I hold a BA in Theater from UCLA and a MA in Arts Politics from NYU.