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Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts

REBECCA MORTON

Theater

When Rebecca was in junior high school, she loved to write skits for her classmates to perform for school projects. She often found herself directing and acting in them too. By high school, she discovered filmmaking, with her work featured in school film festivals. Later, as a student at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, she majored in English and History, which led to a creative writing journey that has not ended.

She followed her college years with five years teaching preschool, interrupted briefly by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education, where she earned a permanent New Jersey teaching license in 1992. Her experience as a student teacher with seventh graders, and later as an elementary school resource room paraprofessional had a huge impact on her, as she found her favorite lessons to teach involved helping students create plays and films with storyboarding, script writing, and making their own student films.

At this time, Rebecca wrote a play for family audiences that was performed as a staged reading by Hedgerow Theatre Company in Media, PA in 1993, and as another staged reading by the Toledo Repertoire Theatre in Toledo, OH, after having taken third prize at the Midwestern Playwrights Festival at The University of Toledo in 1997.

A husband and two children later, Rebecca has volunteered at her children’s elementary school as Third and Fourth Grade Drama Club Director, while continuing to pursue creative writing in classes with Gotham Writers Workshop and Primary Stages in New York City. She continues to educate children as a reading and writing teacher at a tutoring center and as Education Director at a local church, where she directs students in short plays which she also writes. Much of Rebecca’s current writing can be found on blogging site, Medium.com, where she writes for online publications such as The Memoirist and Plethora of Pop.