The team behind NALPA is dedicated to creating a space in which the discussion of art and the arts in society can inspire artists to grow and inspire change in others.
Jonathan Becker, Artistic Director:
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 Artist/Owner 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 45 countries. You can visit the studio on line at www.theater-masks.com.
Jonathan occasionally teaches with the International Program in Acting with Masks at Oslo University College in Oslo, Norway and Nanjing University in China.
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 currently teaches in the BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Program at Ball State University, is 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 artistic explorations and teaching are inspired by the principles of Jacques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski, Patsy Rodenburg, Shogo Otha and Frederick Alexander.
Dee Dee Bateast, Artistic Associate, Youth and Community Outreach
Dee Dee Batteast has worked both as a creator of original work and as an actor in, New York City as well as regional theatres. While at conservatory she spent 3 years as a member of Playmakers Repertory Theatre. In 2015 she completed a successful run of her one-woman show NO AIDS, NO Maids at the Washington DC Fringe Festival, where it received the Capital Fringe Honors: Favorite Show of Fringe, Favorite Solo Performance, and Favorite Performance(s). While in New York City she worked with Girl Be Heard: a non-for profit theatre company dedicated to social justice and issues effecting young women. Her summers are currently spent working with Hidden Voices and the Blue Ribbon mentor group in North Carolina. Dee Dee is a self-described social activist and youth advocate.
Her social activism involves advising The Ethnic Theatre Alliance, a multicultural alliance formed by Ball State’s theatre students. ETA is dedicated to providing all students regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation with the opportunity to connect their art with their activism. Under her leadership the group has developed chapters at three other universities. Dee Dee currently teaches in the BFA Acting program at Ball State University where she coaches students for BSU’s Professional Showcases in Chicago and New York and guides the seniors though their capstone experience in the creation of a one-person show. Dee Dee also teaches acting classes at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis.
Dee Dee received her MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill.