Lila Rachel Becker is a New York and DC-based director and a Directing MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. She directs and develops highly theatrical, incendiary new work and classically-influenced plays that engage with contemporary politics, identities, and power structures. She is a passionate advocate for theater that works to create a more just world both through the stories that it tells and the artists who tell them.
A DC native, she has developed and directed work with theaters all over the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, Folger Theatre, the First National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, The Flea, and the Source Festival. She recently completed the Directing Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she spent a season under the mentorship of Les Waters and Meredith McDonough. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, and 2015-2017 SDCF Observership Classes. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in the College of Letters, an interdisciplinary program in history, literature, philosophy, and Spanish. Outside of the rehearsal room, Lila can be found cooking spicy food and playing taiko.