Rebecca Switzer graduated from Arizona State with a B.F.A. in Ceramics in 1976 and from the University of Arizona M.F.A. in Costume Design and Theater Technology in 1987. Since graduation, she has worked in regional theater props shops across the country including the Baltimore Center Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival and La Jolia Playhouse.
She has been in academia since 1999. Before coming to Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin in 2005, she was at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois as well as the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.
Switzer has had the privilege of working with set designers Carey Wong and Bill Forrester over a number of years. She fondly remembers her first theatre job, spray painting shoes yellow for The Visit. Her first summer stock was at The Spoleto Festival, an amazing experience that instilled in her a love of Opera forever.
She is a proud member of S.P.A.M. (Society of Prop Masters and Artisans), Puppeteers of American and Texas Basket Weavers Association.