Rebecca Lingafelter

Associate Professor of Theatre/Department Chair

Fir Acres Theatre Fir Acres, MSC: 54

Rebecca Lingafelter is a performer, director, producer and teacher living in Portland, OR. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she studied with Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban and Kristin Linklater. In New York she performed at Classic Stage Company, PS122, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory, Judson Church, Vortex Theatre Company, Target Margin Theatre, and The Metropolitan Opera. She has performed internationally in Korea, Germany, Italy, England and Budapest, Hungary. She was co-artistic director of experimental theatre ensemble Performance Lab 115 from 2005-2010, and was lead-artist for PL115’s six-month residency with Mabou Mines mentored by Ruth Maleczech.

In Portland, Rebecca is co-artistic director of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (, and a company member at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Recent work includes The Weather Room, a mobile performance pop up conceived during the pandemic, and Fronteriza, an exploration of borders and borderlands through autobiographical performance, film and puppetry.

Rebecca teaches acting, directing, devised performance, voice and movement, global contemporary performance, and directs mainstage productions.


Academic Credentials

MFA Columbia Universtiy 2005 , BA University of California, San Diego 2000


Professional Experience

Her work with PETE includes The Deception Unit[or, the whale] (Ahab), R3 (Buckingham), Song of the Dodo (Dodo), and Three Sisters (Olga). Locally Rebecca has worked with Third Rail Rep where she is a core company member (Belleville, Collapse, That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad), Profile Theatre (The Fifth of July, Knowing Cairo), and CoHo (DB,Grounded). Directing credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt, Again, Lungs, The Angry Brigade,  and The Realistic Joneses (Third Rail), Bright Half Life (Profile) Peter and the Starcatcher (Portland Playhouse), and Procedures for Saying No (PETE).  Rebecca is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA. 

Current Projects

Upcoming projects include directing John by Annie Baker at Third Rail Repertory Theatre the Winter of 2018 and performing in PETE’s Deception Unit in the Spring of 2019.

Location: Fir Acres Theater