A director and producer, Ilana Becker specializes in new play and musical development, community-driven projects, and arts education.
Ilana is a member of the WP Theater 2018-2020 Producers Lab, The Civilians' R&D Group, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, DirectorsLabChicago, Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGroup, Bastard Playground, was a Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow, and is an Emerging Leaders of NY Arts Fellow and Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
She has directed and developed new work at Ars Nova, The Lark, The Flea, The Tank, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Workshop, National Black Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 54 Below, Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, Columbia University's MFA Playwriting Program, NYU’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program, Hunter College, Barnard College, Stevens Technical Institute, Pittsburgh Fringe (Best Ensemble), FringeNYC, Samuel French Festival, TinyRhino, NY Madness, Communal Spaces: garden plays, Theater for the New City with Piper Theatre, and FullStop Collective, among others.
Ilana served as the Associate Artistic Director and the Interim Artistic Director of Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts, in beautiful and dynamic central Idaho, for its 22nd season. Direction there includes Life Sucks (with late Artistic Director John Glenn's vision in mind), Bright Half Life, and Striking 12, as well as developmental readings of Pal by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and a commissioned short musical for young audiences by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato A. Kremmyda.
Additional projects as producer and director include a site-specific production of Waiting for Lefty at the Hartley House; Beer Plays, an evening of craft beers paired with short plays; and Around the Block, a roaming collection of investigative pieces written about and performed in New York neighborhoods, co-produced with fellow LCT Director's Lab colleagues. She created and is collaboratively developing Argument Sessions, an ongoing series of immersive events taken from several SCOTUS case argument transcripts.
She has had the pleasure of serving as Associate and Assistant Director for Terry Kinney, Anne Kauffman, Pam MacKinnon, Sam Gold, Jonathan Silverstein, and Nick Corley on Broadway, Off Broadway, at BAM, in NYMF, with Woodshed Collective, and was featured in the January 2012 issue of American Theatre magazine in a piece about her experiences as an Assistant Director.
In her first few years navigating New York, Ilana served as a dramaturg and stage manager on several projects. She spent two years working in the Theatre Literary Department at Bret Adams, Ltd., and assisted William Finn at Barrington Stage. She also acted a bit, toured in theatre for young audiences, and danced like a 90's bar mitzvah entertainer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Ilana studied theatre at Emerson College, The National Theatre Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center and St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Yale Drama's Summer Program, HB Studios, and ESPA. She grew up in the suburbs of South Florida and spent nine of those delightfully awkward adolescent summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in the Catskills.
photo by Kirsten Shultz