Rebecca Schechter

Contract Faculty

Screenwriting

Ms. Schechter is a Gemini-award winning screenwriter.  She was born in Newark, N.J. and attended the University of Chicago for one year before emigrating to Canada, where she completed her studies in the social sciences at York University.

Her career as a screenwriter took off in 1987 with the feature film “Taking Care.”  Since then, she has written primarily for television.  She has been a writer on many of Canada’s high-profile drama series, including Blue Murder,  Degrassi: The Next Generation, Riverdale, Side Effects, North of 60, ENG and Street Legal.   She was showrunner of the one-hour dramas  Side Effects and Riverdale.

In 2006, she developed and became showrunner of the first season of CBC’s ½ hour blockbuster comedy, Little Mosque on the Prairie.  In 2011 she returned to Mosque to run its 6th and final season.

Ms. Schechter also served as president of the Writers Guild of Canada from 2004 to 2010.  She is currently developing several television series, as well as teaching screenwriting in the Film Department of York University.