Beckie Kravetz is a figurative sculptor and mask-maker. She received her training at the Yale School of Drama, the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali in Italy, the Taller de Madera in Guatemala and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. In 1989 she became the resident mask-maker for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, where she also works part-time as the assistant wig master and a principal makeup artist.
In addition to the masks she has designed for Ziggurat Theatre, Beckie's work has been seen in numerous opera, regional theatre and university productions including Santa Fe Opera, New York's Classic Stage Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theater and the Lincoln Center Institute. She has also created masks for international Nike, Pepsi and Max Factor commercials, and the Disney film The Haunted Mansion. Beckie’s complete mask portfolio can be seen at her website, www.TheMaskStudio.com.
In 2001, Beckie was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain, where she studied woodcarving with the master artisans of a 300-year-old puppet troupe in the ancient city of Cádiz. She has also received grants from the California Arts Council, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and private foundations. Beckie teaches mask-making workshops to children and adults, and has had grants to work with special needs and at-risk children.
Beckie's fine art bronze sculptures are represented by the Shidoni Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has also been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles (solo exhibition), The Downey Gallery in Santa Fe (solo exhibition), the Jewish Community Museum (San Francisco), Lincoln Center Library (NYC), Gallery 10 and the Mind's Eye Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ), Walker Gallery (UC Davis), Mesquite Grove gallery (Patagonia, AZ), and Roark Gallery (LA). Examples of her sculpture can be seen at www.OperaArt.com. Beckie lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, journalist Alan Weisman.