bio

Jeff Becker is a director, designer and sculptor based in New Orleans. He received his BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. In 1990 he co-founded CRISUS, a performance group that specialized in site-specific performances that utilized innovative kinetic sets, sculpture, film and machines. He has continued working in this way as an ensemble member of ArtSpot Productions that creates site responsive devised theater Jeff has also worked with several theater companies including Cuttingball Theater Company, Pan Pan Theatre in Ireland, Hand To Mouth, and Mondo Bizarro. He collaborated with choreographer Elizabeth Streb, developing Ascension a 25’ spinning ladder machine that was featured in Talagfar Square during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He recently collaborated with Thaddeus Philips on a project about infamous drug trafficker and CIA/DEA informant, Barry Seal

Jeff worked on Soulographie, a durational performance event looking at 20th century America from the point of view of its relationship to genocides This 17 play cycle lead by playwright Erik Ehn was presented at the Ellen Stewart Theater in NYC in the fall of 2012. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including an NEA RAP Grant, SURDNA professional development grants and multiple Big Easy Awards. In 2009 he received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship and a NEA/TCG Career Development grant. Most recently he received a MAP Grant for Vessels, collaboration with Rebecca Mwase and a Creative Capital  award for “SEA of Common Catastrophe.” a new work about gentrification. Jeff is the co- founder of Catapult, a collective performance laboratory serving the New Orleans theater community and colleagues nationally and abroad.