Brad Beckman

Brad Beckman

Brad Beckman has practiced and taught theater for over 30 years. He has backgrounds in playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, translation, producing, and production management as well as voice-over and acting. He is the former Artistic Director of the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival and had Residencies or Fellowships at Broward and Miami Dade Colleges, the Ucross Foundation and the Palenville Interarts Colony....
Brad Beckman has practiced and taught theater for over 30 years. He has backgrounds in playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, translation, producing, and production management as well as voice-over and acting. He is the former Artistic Director of the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival and had Residencies or Fellowships at Broward and Miami Dade Colleges, the Ucross Foundation and the Palenville Interarts Colony. While in NYC, he was a member of Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists and worked extensively with the Bond Street, Ninth Street and Teleo Theaters. His work has been in the Mabou Mines' Emerging Artist series at PS 122, HERE and La Mama and he has collaborated with the Rude Mechanicals out of Austin, TX. Internationally, he has worked at Prague’s Divadelni Ostrov and the Encuentro de Escuelas de Teatro in Bogota. He currently teaches at Syracuse University and has worked for universities and colleges across the country. His short play "Papeles" was a finalist in the City Theatre’s 2013 National Playwriting Competition. He works regularly as a director and actor and is an NMCA Certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique.

Plays

  • Turkey
    A quirky, challenging play that takes place in a bowling alley in Middle America. 5 performers (4 humans and performer in a full body turkey suit). Turkeyman speaks- frequently breaking into blues songs - whenever pins drop as a result of a "successfully" thrown ball. A 6th entity, Audiologue - a metal speaker on a pole -pipes onto the stage a scripted cacophony of news, history and noise. The...
    A quirky, challenging play that takes place in a bowling alley in Middle America. 5 performers (4 humans and performer in a full body turkey suit). Turkeyman speaks- frequently breaking into blues songs - whenever pins drop as a result of a "successfully" thrown ball. A 6th entity, Audiologue - a metal speaker on a pole -pipes onto the stage a scripted cacophony of news, history and noise. The Audiologue and Turkeyman vie for control of the world of the play and the theatre itself.
  • Ugo's Amazing Cantina
    An expressionistic, immersive, absurd play that takes place in something like Rick's Cafe Americain. But this is the cafe God sends the dispossessed people he doesn't want to let into heaven.
  • New Descending a Staircase
    Two patrons walk through a museum's Duchamp exhibit.
  • Papeles
    Set in a US Customs screening room in Miami International Airport, Juan Castillo and Maria Morales wait, interminably, to be cleared and allowed back into the country. Written as an immersive piece, in which the audience is made to feel as though they, too, are waiting in the same room. Initially, they do not even know that actors are "already" in their midst.
  • Natural Order
    The series of dreams a sleeper has over the course of a night. Written as prose poems.

    Completely open to interpretation by a director/choreographer/ensemble, but originally concieved as a movement theatre piece for 5 performers with no set and an elaborate sound design.
  • In Dreams You Mean
    4 interwoven and interconnected conversations about dreams.