Rebecca joined Penn State's musical theatre faculty in 2017 to teach Advanced Ballet. Outside of Penn State, she has been teaching classical ballet for Nittany Ballet, part of the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP), since 2007, and served as the organization's Artistic Director from 2012-2019. As Artistic Director of Nittany Ballet, Rebecca arranged two major productions annually, in addition to smaller-scale performances throughout the year, for which she choreographed and set new and existing works on students and guest artists.
Rebecca began her studies with eight years of classical ballet with the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During this time, she trained with permanent and guest teachers including Richard Cook, Leslie Hench, Darla Hoover, Melinda Jones Howe, Lisa de Ribere, Violette Verdy, Gennadi Vostrikov and Deborah Wingert, among others. She studied ballet and modern dance with Washington School of Ballet and Delaware Dance Co.
Rebecca danced principal roles with both CPYB and Delaware Dance Co. and performed various principal and ensemble roles with Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theatre and Theatre Harrisburg. Local theater credits include performances with FUSE Productions and State College Community Theatre, as well as choreography for SCCT.
Rebecca holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Penn State and lives in Boalsburg with her husband and two children.