|Born||Rebecca Claire Gilman|
1965 (age 54–55)
Trussville, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||Middlebury College|
Birmingham-Southern College (BA)
University of Virginia (MA)
University of Iowa (MFA)
|Notable awards||Evening Standard Award|
Her most widely known works are Spinning Into Butter, a play that addresses political correctness and racial identity, and Boy Gets Girl, which was included in Time Magazine's List of the Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade.
A production of her adaptation of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was the occasion of a protest by actors who felt only a deaf person should play a deaf person on stage. She currently teaches at Texas Tech University's School of Theatre and Dance as Head of Playwriting.
When asked about her influences, she remarked that "I'm a big fan of Wallace Shawn. He's incredibly smart and the only writer who writes about intellectuals in a complicated and even contradictory way. He's really funny, too. I also like Donald Margulies, Kenneth Lonergan, and Conor McPherson...Caryl Churchill, Kia Corthron, and a Chicago playwright, Jamie Pachino."
Rebecca Gilman was born in 1965 in Trussville, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. She currently resides in Chicago. Her plays deal with contemporary societal issues.
Gilman received the Scott McPherson Award for her play The Glory of Living. This award is a commission given by the Goodman Theatre in memory of the late playwright Scott McPherson. The Glory of Living (2001) also earned her an M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, an After Dark Award, a Jeff Citation, the George Devine Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright .The Glory of Living earned her a finalist nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.
Gilman received the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays as well as a Jeff Award for Spinning into Butter. According to Chris Jones, this play made her "One of America's most talked-about and sought-after playwrights."
She has also been awarded Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship.
Rebecca Gilman is an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre and an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University. She also serves on the board of the Dramatists Guild of America.