Rebecca Stump is the director of membership at PEN America, where she oversees all membership related administration and acts as the primary liaison between PEN America Members and the organization at large. Stump manages PEN America’s Membership Committee, and works closely with the Children and YA Books Committee, Translation Committee, Writers in the Schools Committee, the PEN America Women’s Literary Workshop, and organizes regional membership and Chapter growth.
Before joining PEN America, she was the director of member services at the Dramatists Guild of America, the national association of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. In addition to her primary responsibilities at the Dramatists Guild relating to membership management, she also managed the Guild’s Opera Committee, Membership Committee, and Intern Program, served on the Publications Committee, and was the Editor of the annual DG Resource Directory. During her tenure, Stump also led a joint project with the Lilly Awards Foundation, “The Count,” a study of gender parity in regional theatre. “The Count” was featured in The Dramatist, American Theatre, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and IndieWire.
Stump honed her fundraising and development skills within the development department at the Metropolitan Opera and served as executive director of New York Opera Exchange through four successful seasons of well-reviewed, often sold-out operatic productions. She has presented and/or served as a panelist at conferences and universities across the United States on topics such as the importance of a free press, self-production for dramatists, audition techniques, and gender parity in American theatre. Stump holds a BA in Political Science and Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.