Carmelita Becnel is a professional stage manager and proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 1995. With a Master's degree in Stage Management from the University of California at San Diego, she has had the great fortune to work with legendary theater artists such as Horton Foote, Edward Albee, Athol Fugard, Anna Deavere Smith, and August Wilson. She is now delighted to work with the amazing, boundless, FEARLESS talents of the students, faculty, and guest artists (such as Fiona Shaw, Laurie Anderson, Bill T. Jones, Will Power, The Civilians, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacob-Jenkins, CLASSIX) here at the Lewis Center of the Arts. Carmelita is also a member of the Lewis Center for the Arts' Climate and Inclusion Committee, a member of the 2019 artEquity Facilitator Training cohort, a Steering Committee member of Parents Arts Advocacy League (PAAL), founding member of Black Theater Caucus, the recipient of the 2021 Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, and is a certified Covid Compliance Officer in theater production, film, and television.
My Favorite Lewis Center Event EVER ...
My favorite event was when I stage managed "Der Bourgeois Bigwig", which was the Program in Theater's 2012-2013 Fall Show. It was directed by Tim Vasen, translated and adapted by James Magruder, and conducted by Michael Pratt. We had a cast of 12, a 32-piece orchestra, and a 10-member choir. Everyone was a [patient, cooperative] joy to work with, we had a blast, and I found out I was pregnant with twins!