Equally at home on stage and before the camera, Rebecca Koon - from Spartanburg SC, with an MA in Theatre from USC/Columbia - joined Actors' Equity in 1985 for Bill Graham's production of The Miss Firecracker Contest with Marcia Gay Harden at the Olney Theatre in Maryland. She recurred as Eileen Slocum in NBC's Emmy Award winning series I'll Fly Away; performed Willy Russell's one woman play Shirley Valentine for a handful of theatres over the course of 17 years; and toured 9,000 miles across America as Miss Clairee in Steel Magnolias for Montana Rep.
Among the 25 theatres on her resume, Ms. Koon was a company member with Charlotte Rep (LORT) in Charlotte, NC, where she raised a daughter with 20-year husband, lifelong collaborator, and Rep AD Steve Umberger. Rep credits include Wit (Vivian), Six Degrees of Separation (Ouisa), Noises Off (Dotty), Signature by Beth Henley (premiere) and Drop Dead! directed by Olympia Dukakis.
Among the 90+ credits in film and television, favorites include Something to Talk About with Julia Roberts (dir. Lasse Hallstrom), The Gift with Cate Blanchett (dir. Sam Raimi), Radio with Ed Harris/Cuba Gooding, Jr. (dir. Mike Tollin), The Notebook with Rachel McAdam (dir. Nick Cassavetes), A Time to Kill with Matthew McConaughey (dir. Joel Schumacher) and Logan Lucky with Channing Tatum (Steven Soderbergh, dir.).
Ms. Koon recently recurred at Nate's Mom on the tbs series "The Detour." A recent short film, Crab Trap (pictured) made the rounds of 38 festivals from California east to Jakarta and garnered 26 awards including 4 Best in Show and 3 Best Actress trophies for Ms. Koon's portrayal of Peru.
For links to watch Crab Trap and other short films, visit the Links page.
Accepting awards for Crab Trap, 2018,
at New Jersey Recovery Film Festival
(Best Director/Best Actor/Best Actress)
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Headshots by Hot Eye Photography, Carroll Foster, Spartanburg SC / Other photos: Donna Bise, Rebecca Cairns, Norris Greenlee, Jacob Kirby