During her time in the 2017 Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship program (created by Sesame Workshop), Rebecca created and wrote the pilot for Sasha K. Jenkins, Kid Scientist. The unproduced script, titled “Decoding Hamad’s Dream,” was for an animated children’s television series focused on STEM methodologies and problem-solving skills. She has worked with Art 4 New York (a nonprofit that brings the arts into nursing homes across New York City) as director of communications.
She has also worked as communications associate in the civic tech sector; developing communications plans for initiatives centered on technology for public good, where she provided communications support for a premier New York-based civic tech competition that has produced over 500 tech innovations.
Rebecca has written and edited numerous articles on topics related to publishing and American literature, business, career development and education, as well as gender, culture, and diversity.
She is the recipient of the Liberace Award, the Howard Stein Fellowship, The Matthews Fellowship, and an America-in-Play Fellowship, to name a few. She has written and edited content for Black Enterprise, a premier business and wealth building magazine with readership of over 2 million. She has also conducted interviews with nonprofit leaders and entertainment professionals, such as Alan Jenkins, Co-founder and executive director of The Opportunity Agenda (a communications, research, and policy organization).
Other interviews include Issa Rae, star of HBO’s Insecure; CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, Ron Simons; and actor Blair Underwood (two-time Golden Globe nominee (ABC’s Quantico and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).
Rebecca has also interviewed playwright/screenwriter Dominique Morisseau (former story editor for Showtime’s Shameless); Emmy-nominated actor/comedian Anthony Anderson (Black-ish); and series creator Kenya Barris.
During her time at Black Enterprise, she provided support for the company’s associated media outlets, such as Our World with Black Enterprise, a network television show featuring interviews with celebrities, newsmakers and thought leaders around the country, and edited content for the 2015 Black Enterprise Tech ConneXt Summit in Silicon Valley.
As a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, she authored over twenty book reviews of fiction and non-fiction and contributed to “Everybody Pays For It,” published in The Huffington Post.
Her creative writing (playwriting) has been showcased at numerous venues in New York City and Minneapolis, including The Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis (where she was a Many Voices Fellow for two residences), Harlem Classical Theatre (playwrights playground), The Fire This Time Festival, and Signature Theatre Company (as part of Columbia University School of the Arts “New Plays Now”), among others. Her play Hello, I’m Eve was the 2013 winner of the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. In addition, Rebecca has taught playwriting at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
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