Dr. Rebecca Johannsen was mercilessly pushed into acting classes by her mother at the age of seven in order to cure her of her shyness. She became addicted. Rebecca studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, before earning a B.A. in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. She holds a Master's in Theatre from San Diego State University, where she met her fellow collaborators that would form Stone Soup Theatre Company, one of San Diego's most critically acclaimed theatre companies. While serving as Artistic Director of the company, she starred as Lainie Wells in Lee Blessing's Two Rooms and as the title character in August Strindberg's Miss Julie. She also directed the San Diego premiere of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis. She earned her Doctorate in Theatre from the joint program at UC Irvine/UC San Diego. Her doctoral dissertation explored the role of womens' suicide across the theatrical spectrum. She specializes in the areas of Renaissance Theatre, but explored the theatrical history of the Restoration, American Theatre history and modern British Theatre. Since moving to New York, Dr. Johannsen has taught for Fordham and Mercy College, in addition to directing Janet Sternburg's new play The Fifth String at LaMaMa. She has also been hard at work co-producing Erik Ehn's Soulographie festival, a collection of 17 of Ehn's plays surrounding the theme of genocide, currently being produced all over the country and will arrive at La MaMa in November 2012 (www.soulographie.org).