Jim Beck, President of the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Idaho (ARTI), is a Viet Nam veteran and a retired project manager (Calcine Disposition) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Beck received a BBA from Idaho State University in Management and Organization (with an emphasis on human/organizational behavior). Prior to his employment at the INL, Jim worked in radio broadcasting (Idaho State University Sports and KSEI - 10 years), mining machinery manufacturing (Bucyrus-Erie - 9 years), and the retail sector (Osco/Buttrey - 4 years).
Jim’s wife, Rebecca, is the speech and drama teacher at Skyline High School. Both have served on the ARTI Board of Directors for over 20 years. Jim also has a daughter (Boise), three sons (Boise, Idaho Falls and Stanley), and, thanks to his lovely wife, two dogs, and five cats.
Jim’s acting credits include Lil’ Abner (Pappy), Carousel (Enoch Snow), Camelot (Pellinore), Diary of Anne Franck (Mr. Dussel), Lone Star (Ray), Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (Paul), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Barney), The Foreigner (Charlie), Ben Hur (multiple roles), Death and the Maiden (Gerardo), Jake’s Women (Jake), The Pillowman (Katurian), and many others. His directing credits for ARTI include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Odd Couple, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Foreigner, Drop Dead, Dearly Departed, The Senator Wore Pantyhose, Fox on the Fairway and others.
Jim also continues to serve as ARTI’s building manager, a position he has held (18 of 19 years) since its purchase in 2001 and served as the lead for its renovation project spanning 14-years .