Professor, Former Chair, Directing - Dramatic Literature - Acting
B.F.A. University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
M.F.A. University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Dr. Rebecca Hilliker is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wyoming where she teaches dramatic literature and directing.
She has directed over 50 productions during her career including a production of Susan Glaspel’s Trifles for a symposium on “Susan Glaspel’s Trifles: Culture, Society and the Law” that took place in Tel Aviv, Israel. The symposium brought together lawyers and scholars from across disciplines and from throughout the world to look at the issues of responsibility in the play.
Rebecca has received 11 Meritorious Achievement Awards in directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 7—and one on the national level.
She is currently the National Chair for KCACTF and served on the National Selection Team for that organization several years ago. Her production of Acetylene, written by student Erik Ramsey, was selected in regional competition as the new student play national winner ten years ago and was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
During the past three years, she’s had the privilege of directing the staged readings of three original student national playwriting winners for KCACTF—Tennis at Nablus, Dear Harvey, and Night on the Couch.
Rebecca is the recipient of the prestigious Horace Robinson Award from the Northwest Drama Conference for her contributions to the region as director, educator and leader and of two Kennedy Center Gold Medallions given by the National Executive Board and the Regional Executive Board for her leadership and service. She is also the recipient of the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences Exemplary Faculty Award as a role model for College Faculty.