Rebecca Schultz





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Artist's Biography

Rebecca Schultz is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts facilitator/educator. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years before recently relocating to Elkins Park, PA. Her creative practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage; participatory installation and public art projects; and performance art.

Rebecca’s path has been circuitous. She studied painting in undergraduate school, but by the end of her studies was making mixed media installation pieces examining gender socialization and media messages about women. She moved to San Francisco in 1994 and presented performance art and video works at local venues, including Artists Television Access, the Bearded Lady Cafe, and the Diesel Cathedral. This practice led to the development
of an evening-length solo piece, facilitating community-based theater projects, and using devised ensemble performance as a tool for examining intersectional identity and inspiring social change.

In 2014, Rebecca returned her focus to visual art, a shift that paralleled her increasing awareness of environmental issues, particularly humanity’s impact on the ecosystem. Rebecca’s two-dimensional works meld imagery drawn from the natural world and her emotional responses, channeled through reflective practice. At the same time, she translated her working methods for community-based performance to participatory installation, creating the piece Belonging in Transition, which was developed through multi-modal workshops with transition-aged youth in San Francisco, and The Multi-Families Project, a mixed media installation created in collaboration with eight multi-racial families in the East Bay region of the Bay Area and featuring family portraits by photographer Elizabeth Strong.

Since moving to the Philadelphia area in August 2016, Rebecca has shown her work at the 3rd Street Gallery, Crane Arts, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, and created a mural in collaboration with young people at the James L. Wright Recreation Center in West Philadelphia
as part of Mural Arts’ A2O program. She taught for the Delphi Art Club and Art Futures program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and facilitated a community-based project for Mural Arts’ Porch Light program.

Rebecca is the recipient of grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Theatre Communications Group, Cal Humanities California Story Fund, East Bay Community Fund/Fund for Artists, Clorox Company Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, among others. She has been awarded residencies at Spark Box Studio in Ontario, Canada, and Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna (SÍM) in Reykjavik, Iceland, and will be an artist in residence at Brush Creek Center for the Arts in Wyoming in May 2018. Her work has been shown in juried exhibits at MarinMoca in Novato, CA and the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center in Waynesboro, VA. She completed a mural commission from Connecticut Public Television and has assisted muralist Douglas Cooper. Rebecca has also worked as a teaching artist in diverse in- and out-of-school settings for fifteen years. She holds a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a MA in Education, with a concentration in Community-Based Arts Education, from San Francisco State University.

Artist's Statement

My creative practice has two primary manifestations: two-dimensional works, including painting, drawing, and printmaking (the personal and spiritual); and participatory installation and performance (the public and pluralistic).

My drawings, paintings, and prints express and process my love of, and fear for, the natural world. Witnessing the degradation of the environment evokes both an existential sadness and a reminder to embrace impermanence and mindfulness--to deeply see the beauty that is around me and accept that it is constantly changing. The imagery in my work references the essential qualities and forms of rocks, trees, clouds, and other elements of the natural world. The interplay between light and shadow is also a primary component of my work, reflecting the idea that in nature, things die so that others can live, or, put another way, the light cannot exist without the dark. My current body of work is inspired by rock formations in Iceland, New England, and the Philadelphia area.

My installation, public art, and performance work has largely focused on collaborative projects aimed at sharing the stories of communities that aren’t often heard. I’m particularly interested in encouraging artists and non-artists alike to translate their experiences into visual and performative language and actively engage in the creative process.

Selected Exhibitions

Petrology, Da Vinci Art Alliance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Strike and Dip, Noba Artspace, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Cheltenham Center for the Arts Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham, PA

New Now: InLiquid’s New Members, InLiquid Gallery at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Winter Juried Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Winter Juried Exhibition: Printmaking, Shenandoah Valley Center for the Arts, Waynesboro, VA

National Juried Drawing Show, MarinMOCA, Novato, CA

Public Art Projects:
Art in the Open
Over three days, created a mural-sized painting based on sketches made along the banks of the Schuylkill River. Members of the public helped paint the mural on the third day.

Professional Experience

Mural Commission, Connecticut Public Television
Made three mural pieces focusing on different aspects of the impact of World War II in Connecticut for a three-part CPT series.

Artists Assistant, Doug Cooper, Muralist
Assisted artist Doug Cooper in the creation of a large-scale mural of New York City, which was installed in John's Pizzeria in Times Square.

Artist in Residence, Delphi Art Futures at Nazareth Academy
Taught a residency in collaboration with Nazareth Academy’s lead art teacher, focusing on abstraction, referencing the work of Moe Brooker and Vasily Kandinsky.

2017 - 2018
Teaching Artist for the Delphi After-School Art Club
Teach creative techniques based on works in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection to School District of Philadelphia students.

2016 - 2017
Teaching Artist in Residence for Mural Arts’ A2O: Arts and Artists Outdoors
Taught mixed media techniques to youth ages 10-14 at Wright Recreation Center, with the goal of producing a permanent mural at the Center examining the plant life in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia.

2002 - 2005
Teaching Artist for Pre-K to 12th grade students
Taught visual arts and theater residencies and professional development workshops for educators through Young Audiences, LEAP, Opera Piccola, and the Arts Education Funders Collaborative.

2004 - present
Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator
Facilitated workshops for a range of local community organizations, including the Instituto Sanchez-Mendoza, the Moving On Center, and SIEU Local 1021. Designed and facilitated workshops for NGOs in Burkina Faso, Niger, and South Africa.

1999 - 2000
Arts Facilitator
Facilitated visual arts and theater workshops for adults with brain injuries at the Marin Brain Injury Network and volunteered for Theater Unlimited, a program for people with disabilities, at the Janet Pomeroy Center, San Francisco, CA

Arts Curriculum
Well Contested Sites
Developed theater-based curriculum to accompany classroom presentations of Well Contested Sites, a non-narrative dance video about the impact of incarceration on our physical bodies.

Stage Left
Created a series of curriculum guides to accompany classroom showings of Stage Left, a documentary about the Bay Area theater scene since World War II.

San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs Arts Express Program
Developed curriculum guides to accompany arts exposure experiences for youth in grades K-12 in San Jose.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Wrote extensive curriculum guides to accompany educational performances and workshops at the Center.


MamaCITA Collective
Cheltenham Center for the Arts

Awards and Honors

Artist Residency at Brush Creek Center for the Arts, Saratoga, Wyoming 

Artist Residency at Samband islenskra myndlistannanna (SIM), Reykjavik, Iceland

Finalist, New Courtland Fellowship, Center for Emerging Visual Artists

Artist Residency at Spark Box Studio, Picton, Ontario

East Bay Fund for Artists Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

The K&F Baxter Foundation Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

Clorox Foundation Grant (for The Multi-Families Project)

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Grant (for #wheredoyoubelong)

2008 - 2010
San Francisco Arts Commission Artist and Community Partnerships Grants (for OutLook)

Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant (for OutLook)

Clorox Foundation Grant (for OutLook)

Walter and Elise Haas Fund Grant (for OutLook)

Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant (for OutLook)

Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop (nominated to participate)

Theatre Communications Group Future Collaborations Travel Grant

Zellerbach Family Fund Community Arts Grant (for Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed)


Wish You Were Here (Co-creator and Director)
Site-specific piece examining history, memory, masculinity, and race co-created with AeJay Mitchell and Anthony Julius Williams at the historic Fort Mason Center. Developed with the HATCH Performance Collective as part of "Fire House / Waters' Edge" for the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Join Us at the Table (Creator and Performer)
Solo performance about the juxtaposition of belonging in a marriage to belonging to a country, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA

The Ages (Co-Creator and Performer)
Collaboration with Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny. Devised performance about women and aging, presented as part of "The Ages," curated by Outlook Theater Project for The News, SOMARts, San Francisco, CA

Blood is Mere Decoration (Director)
Created and performed by Anthony Julius Williams. Evening-length multimedia performance about the legacy of slavery and incarceration. Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

the GOD project (Co-Creator and Performer)
Co-creation with the OutLook Theater Project ensemble. Devised performance using source materials drawn from online surveys about the intersections of faith, spirituality, gender and sexuality. FuryFactory Ensemble Theater Festival, San Francisco, CA

2008 - 2010
This Many People (Co-Creator and Director)
Co-creation with the OutLook Theater Project ensemble. Original full-length play using interviews and story circles with LGBT seniors as source material, performed by a mixed professional and community cast. AIRSpace residency at The Garage, 2009; National Queer Arts Festival at CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, 2010.

2008 - 2009
The SPIRAL Project (Co-Facilitator and Director)
Collaboration with Lynn Johnson and the Lavender Youth Information and Recreation Center (LYRIC). Devised performance pieces with LGBTQ youth about the challenges and barriers they face accessing mental health and substance abuse services. Brought Tectonic Theater's Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project) to facilitate a guest workshop.

2007 - 2008
Safer to Name (Facilitator, Co-Creator and Director)
Co-creation with the Identified Queer Objects ensemble. Devised physical theater piece examining gender issues in the LGBTQ community. FURY Factory Ensemble Theater Festival, 2007; National Queer Arts Festival at the SF LGBT Center, 2007; Women on the Way Festival, 2008

Yo VIP! (Facilitator)
Developed a short play with youth from the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center examining the roots of violence in their communities. Worked with BayCAT to create a documentary of the play development process.

2000 - 2003
Passages (Creator and Performer)
Evening-length solo performance about the divergent lives of young women over three generations. AIRSpace residency at the Jon Sims Center, 2000; SF Fringe Festival, 2003

Lockers Are Small Closets (Facilitator and Director)
Devised a play with LGBTQ youth at the Pacific Center in Berkeley exploring the challenges of coming out in high school, Open Arts Circle, Oakland, CA

Know Rules (Facilitator and Director)
Devised performance piece created by an ensemble of artists with and without disabilities, looking at internal and external rules and boundaries. SF Street Theater Festival

Stepping Stones (Facilitator and Director)
Devised a performance piece with adults with brain injuries at the Marin Brain Injury Network, featuring vignettes about each of their lives and their dreams for the future.

1994 - 1995
Various Short Multimedia Performance Pieces (Creator and Performer)
Solo and duo performance and video pieces (with Ryder Cooley), performed at Bindlestiff Studios, Diesel Cathedral, LunaSea, and BUILD, San Francisco, CA

Organizations and Projects

2014 - 2016
#wheredoyoubelong project
A series of artist-led experiments rooted in belonging. Co-lead artist with Jason Wyman.

2007 - 2014
Outlook Theater Project
Co-founded queer, community-based ensemble theater company with Lynn Johnson; co-created and produced This Many People and the GOD project.

2004 - 2008
Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed
Co-founded collective of Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners; brought Augusto Boal to San Francisco for a three-day conference on theater and social change; organized trainings and brought trainers Mady Schutzman and Michael Rohd to the Bay Area.


San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
MA, Education; Concentration, Community-Based Arts Education

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BFA, Painting

Theater Training
1998 - 2010
Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal, Mady Schutzman, David Diamond); Devising and Community -Based Performance (Michael Rohd); Playwrighting (Leigh Fondakowski); Devised Dance Theater (Liz Lerman Dance Company); Acting {Thaunya Martin and Margo Hall); Commedia dell 'Arte and Melodrama (SF Mime Troupe); SuzukiNiewpoints (Siti Company); Physical Theater (Foolsfury); Improvisation (Marcia Kimmell)