Rebekah Eugenia Lazaridis is a multidisciplinary painter that creates mixed media art inspired by the theatre from her experiences as a young actress and painter of stage sets for musicals and plays. Rebekah graduated with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Her mural work has been featured on the streets and in businesses in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida; Washington, DC and was a part of the grand unveiling of “Cloud Gate” at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Rebekah started at an early age by creating elaborate theatrical Halloween productions with her family for her neighborhood, becoming an annual rite drawing thousands of people and covered by the local TV stations. Having been immersed in local theatre as an actress since she was a child, Rebekah has always regarded it as her second home. Rebekah worked for many years in Florida and New York City as a professional scenic painter for theatre, television and film. She was the resident scenic artist for American Stage Theater Company and has worked as an apprentice with USA829, painting Broadway shows, tours, live television (SNL and Royal Pains) and large scale films such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Her professional training as an artist combined her talents of acting, singing, stage design into a pallet rich in a thematic expression of the elements that create a successful theater production. Rebekah is also featured as the cover artist for the book “The Dream Belongs To The Dreamer” by Velva Lee Heraty, MSW.
Her first exhibit in New York City, also mentioned in BroadwayWorld.com, opened on October 23rd, 2015 at the brand new Sheen Center in NoHo Manhattan on Bleecker Street. The show, Broken Legs, is about theatre superstitions and featured paintings created from discarded theatrical scenery. As an inventive scavenger, Rebekah’s medium incorporates old discarded remnants of theatrical scenery and household items, giving them a double meaning. With a myriad of methods she gives new life to tattered curtains, bruised platforms, dented flats and antique drawers transforming them into works of art.
Rebekah formerly maintained her own small wholesale company in Tampa, Florida from 2010 - 2015. Her company, Eugenia Woods, created hand painted artworks on handmade bags and pouches. She was also a founding starter for a professional networking group called The Tampa Bay Makers’ Guild that held monthly meetings with speakers and socials. Rebekah was also a contributing columnist for many years for The Old Northeast Journal with a focus on the downtown arts scene in St. Petersburg, FL. Today she focuses solely on stage productions, gallery shows, commissions and select mural work. She is currently working on her next solo exhibit next year at Studio620 in St. Petersburg, FL.