Rebecca Chace is the author of the novel Leaving Rock Harbor (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).
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 received the Tony Cox Showtime Award for best screenplay (Short Film) at the Nantucket Film Festival in 2010. The feature length screenplay adaptation was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
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 is a 2014 recipient of the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, where she will be in residence in June, 2014. She has received grants and support from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Frances Shaw Fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and A.S.K. Theatre Projects in Los Angeles, the FringeACT festival for her play Vershinin’s Wife, New York Theatre Workshop artist retreat at Vassar College. She is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
One of her favorite things in the world is to sing and write songs with her songwriting partner and musician extraordinaire, Al Maddy.