Rebekah Carlile

M.A., M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Rebekah created the Story Stage program while earning her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She partnered with Cook Children’s Hospital in the Fall of 2014 to pilot the program, and won UTA’s Provost’s Award for graduate research at the ACES competition in Spring 2015.  Rebekah’s work teaching children to build stories using playwriting has been featured in Advance Magazine and as the lead story on the UTA website. 

Prior to founding Story Stage, Rebekah earned both a B.A. in Theater and a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin.  With 20 years experience as a Speech Pathologist, Rebekah continues to see private pediatric clients, specializing in language disorders and stuttering.  Rebekah has taught theater camp for children at Stage West, and runs Backyard Theater Camp each summer for Berkeley neighborhood children to stage selected children’s literature and foster a sense of community among families.  In 2013, Rebekah was invited to present a workshop entitled, “This is Your Brain on Theater” at the Texas Thespians State Festival.  Most recently, Rebekah works as a Creative Writing Artist-in-Residence bringing collaborative story building experiences to patients at Cook Children’s Hospital.

Rebekah spends a lot of time helping children find their voices by teaching creative writing, practicing speech therapy, or running theater camps.  She believes in the power of stories and the importance of feeling like yours has been heard.  At home, Rebekah loves listening to stories from her own three children, cycling along the Trinity Trail, writing plays of her own, and watching her chickens cluck around the backyard.