Writer / DIRECTOR / Soldier / advocate
Rebecca Murga is an award-winning filmmaker who works in Los Angeles as a writer and director. She produces and directs films, commercials, documentaries and digital series in both English and Spanish. Her work has been featured on Mundo Fox, ABC, CBS, and HBO digital. She served as a U.S. Army Captain and Public Affairs Officer, and has deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Rebecca was recently selected for the 2016-2018 Disney / ABC Directing Program. The two-year professional directing program, which spans two television seasons based upon ABC’s production calendar, recruits experienced directors on the cusp of making the transition into episodic directing. Those selected to participate in the program become part of the Disney | ABC Directing Program directing talent pool. Rebecca has shadowed director Billy Gierhart (SONS OF ANARCHY, WALKING DEAD) on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. She has also shadowed director and series star Kevin McKidd on GREY’S ANATOMY.
A member of the inaugural class of the Ryan Murphy Television HALF Foundation Director Mentorship Program. Rebecca has shadowed episodic directors on FOX's hit television show SCREAM QUEENS staring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.
In 2015, she was selected for the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. Her short film AMERICAN GIRL showcased at the DGA, the LA International Short Film Festival, the San Diego International Film Festival, and the Catalina Film Festival.
Rebecca has been the recipient of several grants including the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) grant announced at Sundance 2015. The program is sponsored by the Time Warner Foundation and National Endowment of the Arts. She has also been the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant, The Nancy Malone Directing Award, Indiegogo New Filmmakers Grant, and a grant from the DAV.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for veterans and women's issues with articles published in The New York Times, The Global Journal, The Morning Call, and San Jose Mercury News, to name a few. She has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," and "The View." Most recently, she was featured on NPR as the director of a short film “War Ink” which tells veteran's war stories through their tattoos.
A native of Chicago, Illinois (Go Cubs!) Rebecca earned a BS in Electronic Media from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca is a member of Film Independent, Veterans in Film and Television and belongs to American Legion Post 43. In 2014, she was selected to participate in the Veterans Writing Project hosted by the Writer's Guild Foundation, where she completed her first feature screenplay with, and under the tutelage of, Hollywood screenwriter Marie Weiss and Saul Turteltaub.
Rebecca is represented by The Gersh Agency.
AS a soldier
As a Public Affairs Officer, Rebecca has traveled throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar, working as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker capturing all the complexities and nuances of the Soldier's story in combat. During her deployments, she interviewed hundreds of Soldiers from Privates to Generals, Infantry to Special Operations, truck drivers to door kickers, and everyone in between.
Rebecca's military career began a month after 9/11 when she enrolled in the ROTC program at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation she was commissioned as a Signal Officer and would later serve three years overseas:
In 2007, Rebecca was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom covering stories in Baghdad's Green Zone during elections and the Surge.
In 2009-2010, she was based in Kuwait as a civilian photographer and filmmaker for the Department of the Army. Traveling throughout the war zones, Rebecca captured Soldiers stories in the evolving conflicts for distribution to news and other media outlets, as well as for military archival purposes.
In 2011, she deployed in Afghanistan where she was attached to a Special Operation Command supporting SEAL teams and Special Forces through the villages in Afghanistan. She managed the Cultural Support Teams, the first time women were attached to Special Operations.
Rebecca was awarded a Bronze Star for her work with the Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, and was also was awarded the Meritorious Service Medial for her service in Iraq.
She served as a Captain and Broadcast Chief for the Office of the Chief Army Reserve (OCAR). She is a 2014 & 2015 recipient of the U.S. Army Keith L. Ware Award and Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. It is considered the highest award in the Department of Defense.
as an advocate
Rebecca is an active public speaker and has been invited to present to advocacy groups, veteran conferences, women's leadership retreats, and many high schools. She has spoken to groups as small as 10 and as large as 600. Some of her speaking engagement credits include:
"Library of Congress Discussion Panel with Dr. Jill Biden"
Dr. Jill Biden interviewed author Michael Grant, whose latest book, “Front Lines,” imagines women fighting alongside men in World War II following a fictional Supreme Court ruling making women eligible for combat. She also spoke with Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Hansen, a Navy fighter pilot with 66 combat sorties over Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and 472 carrier landings, and Army Capt. Rebecca Murga, who received the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal for her service. This presentation took place in front of over 400 students from local middles schools and high schools. (2016)
"A Woman's War in Afghanistan"
This presentation focuses on the complexities of being a woman in combat and was given at the Brain at War Conference, a leading nonprofit research institute in the United States devoted to advancing Veterans health research. (2014)
"When Soldiers Return"
This presentation discusses veteran transition challenges and was given at a conference held by the NCIRE: The Veterans Health Research Institute. (2013)
"Female Engagement Teams: A Woman's Deployment with Special Operations in Combat"
This presentation was delivered to The UDT-SEAL Association, a non-profit Veterans Support Organization whose members (NAVY SEALS) are made up of US Navy personnel who have served, or are presently serving in the Naval Special Warfare community. (2011, 2012)
"Woman's Work: Aprons to Armor"
This presentation examines the evolution of the woman Soldier in Afghanistan before and after the US Military lifted its ban on women in combat. Researched and tailored for students at high schools, including The Harker School (2011), this was further developed for presentation at the Women’s Veterans Connect Leadership Conference. (2013)
Rebecca Murga is always excited to talk about veterans or women's issues and is available for speaking engagements. Please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org