Ben will be performing the role of "Dametus" in HEAD OVER HEELS at Theatre SilCo in Colorado this July.
HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening.
This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” A modern musical fairy tale where once-upon-a-time is right now, it follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction. New York Magazine calls it “a clever, delightful, bubbly, exuberant party!”
By Jeff Whitty | Music and Lyrics by The Go Go's | Adapted by James Magruder
Ben began his career as an actor in Los Angeles. He made the rounds as a chorus boy in musicals at Glendale Centre Theatre, Music Theatre West and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. In addition, he had a few spots on daytime drama General Hospital.
At age 20, he moved to New York to pursue theatre as a career. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting, Ben set forth professionally in regional theatre, touring companies, and off-off Broadway. In 2007, Ben landed the role of one of the Wickersham Brothers in the Off-Broadway production Seussical at the Lucille Lortel and can be heard on the original cast recording.
In between acting jobs, Ben began teaching theatre to children at companies like TADA! and the Lucy Moses School of Music at The Kaufman Center. In 2005, he started the childrens' musical theatre program at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn. Ben headed the drama program at Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan for 10 years.
As Ben thrived in theatre education, his focus steered away from acting and onto directing for the stage. In 2012, he wrote and directed the melodramatic comedy The Great Pie Robbery...Or, We Really Need the Dough, which was featured in the New York Fringe Festival.
In that same year, he founded Playlight Theatre Company, which explores the creation, development, and exploration of theatrical work. He serves as the company's artistic director.