2012 HONORED PLAYWRIGHT

Rebecca Gilman


Rebecca Gilman’s plays include Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, The Crowd You’re In With, Dollhouse, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, and a TCG Global Connections Grant.


Ms. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living. The film adaptation of Spinning Into Butter was released in 2009, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Ms. Gilman is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre. She is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University and teaches in their MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage Program. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, and a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Illinois.