Lila Rachel Becker is a New York and DC-based director and one half of Portmanteau. She directs and develops highly theatrical, incendiary new work and classically-influenced plays that engage with contemporary politics, identities, and power structures. She is passionate about work that requires world-building and investigates language, complicity, and ritual. Her favorite plays offer puzzles for the director and the audience to solve.
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. Her work has been seen internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, and an Associate Member of SDC. She received the IRAM award for excellence in new play development and the MFA Fellowship from the University of Iowa. 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.