Rebecca Klingler knew she wanted to be on
stage at the age of 4, playing 45 records of Peter
Pan over and over as she danced around the
living room in rural Indiana.
Cut to: Twenty-six years later. On Rebecca’s
30th birthday she began rehearsals for her
beloved story in the title role at Playhouse on the
Square in Memphis, Tennessee. Beforehand,
she acquired some experience, of course, including a Bachelor’s degree
in Theatre from the University of Evansville in Southern Indiana, which
gave her the opportunity to play a leading role in All the Way Home at the
Kennedy Center as part of The American College Theatre Festival.
A youthful passion for social change then led Rebecca to New
Hampshire, where she had worked with a variety of theatre companies,
including The Kitchen Sink Mime, with whom she toured throughout the
state, performing and conducting acting workshops in public grade
After a year of repertory theatre in Memphis, Rebecca headed for San
Francisco, where she spent the next six years with the not-so-silent, San
Francisco Mime Troupe, doing musical political satire. Rebecca was part
of the ensemble of the Troupe’s Obie Award-winning production of
Seeing Double, a poignant farce about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
With The Mime Troupe, Rebecca taught Commedia dell ‘Arte workshops
in schools throughout Northern California. While in San Francisco,
Rebecca shot her first film, Copy Cat, playing the killer’s wife. At that point, Hollywood beckoned. She made the move to the South Land to pursue her acting
career, and to investigate a long-time goal of teaching acting to kids, hopefully with the help of a guy she had heard was the
best kids’ coach around, Gary Spatz. Since her arrival in 1996, Rebecca has played memorable roles in films including Titanic, LA Confidential, The Green
Mile, and Best Laid Plans. Her television roles include Angel, The Practice, Judging Amy, and Las Vegas. She studied at the BH Playhouse for ten years, and
at last, in 2004, Rebecca met Gary Spatz and has become a happy member of the Playground staff.
And the winner is...
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