Assistant Professor of Theatre
Teaching Areas: Movement, Acting
Full Time contract faculty member
Date of Hire: August 2006
Jonathan Becker has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States and has worked as a member of the SunDance Institutes Playwrighter’s Lab, a laboratory founded by Robert Redford to develop new works for theatre and film. He has appeared as an actor in programs with most of the major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada performing in such venues as Lincoln Center. Since 1988, Jonathan has helped in the development of fifteen original plays. He co-founded and was Co-Artistic Director of two theatre companies: Les Senokrates in Luzern, Switzerland and The Brodeur Brothers in Paris, France.
His teaching credits include work as an invited guest artist at 29 institutions in 6 countries. Jonathan taught on the faculty of The National High School Institute at Northwestern University for Eighteen years where he was Associate Director. As a teaching artist he has worked for Disney Theatrical on The Pride Rock Project, an educational outreach program associated with The Lion King and for Bravo, the arts and entertainment cable channel, teaching nationwide workshops in an effort to promote theatre education.
In addition to acting and teaching, he is the owner/operator of Theater-Masks.com a full service production shop which creates masks for the international theatre community. Jonathan’s masks are currently being use by educational institutions, professional theatres and individual artists in 46 countries. You can visit the studio on line at www.theater-masks.com.
Jonathan has taught occasionally with the International Program in Acting with Masks at Oslo University College in Oslo, Norway and been invited to teach and perform mask at Nanjing University in China. Currently Jonathan is the Artistic Director of the North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts.
Jonathan is a graduate of The International School of Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He has a BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster, an MA in Acting and Directing from The University of Akron and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy and Fight Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a recognized advanced actor combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors and has completed the level one professor training in the Margolis Method. His teaching is inspired by the principles of Lecoq, Grotowski, Rodenburg and Alexander.