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Rebecca Goodheart has been a director, actor, and teacher specializing in Shakespeare and voice for over 25 years. She is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, CT and has directed over 30 professional and 50 educational productions in her career. Having worked with numerous Shakespeare theaters around the world, she is a proud lifetime associate member of Shakespeare Theater Association and artistic company member of both Prague Shakespeare Co. and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. She was the Producing Artistic Director for Maryland Shakespeare Festival (an equity theater she founded in 1999) for twelve years, as well as serving as Artistic Director of the Metawhateverphor Theater in NYC, Director of Education for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and Director of Training for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She holds a BFA from NYU, a Master of Letters in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature and an MFA in Directing (both from the American Shakespeare Center). As a voice teacher, she is currently on the facutly of Southern CT State University and has taught at Shakespeare & Company, Berkely Rep School of Theater, Prague Film School, Waterfront Playhouse & Convservatory (San Francisco), and the Academy of Arts. As a scholar and theater researcher, she has been published in the Wooden O Journal and the online journal Shakespeare Criticism. Her research on Shakespeare’s theatrical use of rhetorical figuring has been presented at numerous national conferences, and her rhetorical staging techniques are taught at actor training programs throughout the world.