Rebecca Phillips Epstein is a writer, director, dramaturg, translator, and comedian, originally from New York City. She has performed at Caroline’s and Stand Up New York and is a contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
Rebecca is currently developing two hourlong television pilots, and is in pre-production on her first short film, I See Myself In You, an unsparing satire of workplace sexism. She was the Writers’ Assistant on the Roseanne revival for ABC, and before that she worked for writer/showrunner Hilary Winston on her CBS series Bad Teacher, and pilots Real Life and My Time/Your Time.
As a dramaturg and literary manager, Rebecca has worked at Yale Repertory Theatre, Studio 42, and The Playwrights Realm, where her credits include everything from world premiere new works to classics of the Shakespearean canon to large scale musical comedies. She is a guest lecturer in TV dramaturgy, teaching college and high school students the basics of episodic story structure. Rebecca’s original translations include Jean Giraudoux’s classic drama La Guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu (There Will Be No Trojan War), as well as several previously untranslated midcentury horror plays from the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol.
Rebecca holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.