Rebecca has performed in NYC, regionally and internationally at LaMama Annex, The Performing Garage, NJ Shakespeare Festival, Woodstock Fringe, Wildwood Opera, Arkansas Rep, Madison Rep, Sopa Americana Festival (Brazil), Mabou Mines (Suite-Artist Residency), Walker Arts Center (MN), ICM (London).
She has received numerous awards for her voice-over work including: 2 Clios, Addys Andys and Tellys. She voiced 52 half-hour episodes of the Japanese re-make of Astro-Boy (under the name Becke Wilenski), and has voiced industrials and commercials for Xerox, IBM, TCBY, Corona, McDonalds and others. (hear clip)
She has worked with Leigh Silverman, Moises Kaufman, Marian Seldes, Graciela Daniele, Jose Rivera, Sharon Ott, Andre Gregory and Kristin Linklater.
Rebecca also worked on One False Move with Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton, directed by Carl Franklin. This film hit many top 10 film lists including Time Magazine, Siskel and Ebert, and the Washington Post. It has a listing in Wikipedia. (view scene)
Rebecca Ortese received a BA in theater with Honors from Southern Utah State College, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (both under the name Becke Wilenski). Rebecca has received reviews of her acting work in the NY Times, NY Post, Village Voice, American Theater Magazine, London Guardian, and the NY Observer.
As a playwright and screenwriter, Rebecca has received readings and workshops for:
Murder, Madness and Lady Macbeth
Her latest screenplay is titled Picuris, and she twice placed in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for her TV pilot – Estranged.