Rebecca Chace is the author of the novel Leaving Rock Harbor (Scribner, June, 2010) and the memoir, Chautauqua Summer (1993) which was a New York Times “Notable Book," as well as “Editor's Choice" and "Picks for Summer" in the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of the novel Capture the Flag (1999). Her essay in Fiction Magazine, “Looking for Robinson Crusoe," was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.
Capture the Flag was adapted as a screenplay by Rebecca and director Lisanne Skyler. The short film, with screenplay also co-written by Chace and Skyler, was shot during the summer of 2009; it premiered at the Aspenshortsfest International Competition in April, 2010, and will be screened at the Nantucket Film Festival in June. The feature length screenplay adaptation was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in January 2008.
Rebecca is also an actress and has moonlighted as a trapeze artist and likes to occasionally swing flaming torches (outdoors only). Her plays include: Colette (Theatre for the New City) in which she played Colette and hung from a trapeze. Her adaptation of Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, was produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and had a second production at Seattle Rep. in June, 2005.
Rebecca received a grant from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and A.S.K. Theatre Projects in Los Angeles as part of the FringeACT festival for her play Vershinin’s Wife. She was a writer-in-residence with New York Theatre Workshop’s summer retreat at Vassar College in 2004; a MacDowell Fellow in January, 2010; and spent a month at Yaddo in 2010 to work on her fourth book, Looking for Robinson Crusoe, a genre blend of literary memoir and fiction. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in First Year Seminar at Bard College and a part-time faculty member of the City College of New York, in the MFA Creative Writing Program, where she teaches Fiction and Dramatic Writing.
One of her favorite things in the world is to sing country western songs in the Doghouse Band with the usual suspects from the Bennington Writing Seminars.