Julie Becker is a theatre artist based in New York City. Her work is often surreal, dreamlike, physically dynamic, and interested in archetypes and the unconscious- focusing on masks in both the literal and figurative senses.
She draws upon physical theatre, butoh, clown, primal movement practices, dance, martial arts, and traditional singing practices. Her work is informed by training with artists from Polish laboratory theatre lineage, including Rena Mirecka, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Pere Sais, Teatr Zar, Teatr Piesn Kozla, and Double Edge Theatre. She holds an MA in Ensemble Theatre from Rose Bruford College in conjunction with Teatr Piesn Kozla.
Julie has taught classes and workshops in physical intelligence, relational games, and physical theatre practice. She has performed in Boston, NYC, London, and Poland in both theatrical and butoh productions, including Studying Hamlet, presented in the main program of the 2015 Gdansk Shakespeare Festival. She directed and performed with the ensembles The Nightjarmen and Fool’s Journey for the site specific performances Thresholds, and Singing Bones, both presented in solo and ensemble iterations in Boston and Cambridge. Julie also regularly performs interactive magic and puppet shows for children as Joolie Bagoolie.
She has most recently been seen in her anti-comedy, surreal solo piece Untitled Clown at the 2023 Coney Island RItual Cabaret and at Matthew Silver's The Otherside of Comedy.
Julie is also a member of the NYC Seed Group, a group created in collaboration with the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, that explores work with traditional songs. She is a founding member of RE^ATHETA, an international group of theatre practitioners engaging in life long learning through embodied, relational practices. www.reatheta.com
She is currently producing, directing, writing, editing, and performing in the second season of the science fiction audio drama Sporadic Phantoms, and will soon be seen in the upcoming world premiere of Misconceptions by Stephen Wangh (An Acrobat of the Heart, The Laramie Project) with Blessed Unrest.