Rebecca Novick is a theatremaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a director specializing in new plays and community-engaged projects and a seasoned arts leader with management experience at theaters of different sizes. An innovator and a founder she has a proven track record launching new companies and initiatives. She was the founding artistic director of Crowded Fire and led the company for ten years. She also served as associate artistic director at California Shakespeare Theater where she built a new community engagement department, catalyzing a shift in programming for the theater and diversifying its artists, partnerships, and audience. Recent directing projects include Electra for Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, Ghost Town, a world premiere by Juliette Carrillo, for Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles, and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch at Crowded Fire in San Francisco. She is currently developing Storybank for the Resistance, a set of projects using first-person stories to influence political decision-makers. Her directing has been recognized with the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Outstanding Local Artists. Rebecca has also consulted for many foundations and arts non-profits. She served as the interim program officer for the arts at the SF Foundation and was a senior member of the staff at Theatre Bay Area. She frequently speaks and writes about issues confronting the field and is especially proud of her essay “Please Don’t Start a Theatre Company," which has been read and shared more than 30,000 times.