Rebecca Kenigsberg
Rebecca Kenigsberg
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Bio

If theater is a mirror reflecting society’s strengths and shortcomings, 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. 

A New York-based, California-bred theater director and educator, I was drawn into the world of the theater with Kindergarten Purim Play at Temple Aliyah. While most girls raised their hands to play Esther, I chose to portray King Achashverosh, the mighty King of Persia who almost followed through with Haman’s ploy to kill the Jews. While I prefer to think that five-year-old me rose my to hand to play the king for the challenge of a character going through a moral transformation, it probably had more to do with my frivolous flair for the dramatic. Those 15 minutes performing on the synagogue bema commenced my fervor for theater forever.

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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 a director, my work focuses on the intersectionality of theater, entertainment, social justice, and political engagement. Where do these lines blur? How can theater be a tool for social justice? These questions extend into my work as a theater educator. Having experience in Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, alongside a critical pedagogical approach, I use theater as a means for empowerment, education, and artistic expression with youth and adults.

I received my Bachelor's of Arts in Theater, summa cum laude, UCLA's renowned School of Theater, Film, and Television and my Master's in Arts Politics from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.