Theatre Graduate Office
University Theatre Building, Room C1B86
Ben is a second-year graduate student at CU Boulder. Ben's work and research has been centered around using theatre as a vehicle to inspire ethical action on climate change. Ben is thrilled to be serving as the Artistic Director for the opening fall show The Climate Cabaret--an evening of short plays about the climate crisis. Ben is elated to be partnering with Climate Change Theatre Action out of New York City in order to make this happen. This will also inform Ben's Master's thesis this year.
Ben worked with his advisor, Dr. Beth Osnes, this summer on an interspecies arts/science partnership between humans and barn swallows. They led and were led by a group of courageous youth which culminated in a film and public performance titled Side by Side. More to come on this...
Ben served as the Artistic Director for the 6th Annual New Plays Festival at CU Boulder in Spring 2021.
Ben is eager to continue down this exciting road of theatre for climate change. As this crisis worsens, it is imperative to listen to those who bear the brunt of its devastation. Theatre and storytelling is a way to do this.
Ben graduated with his BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He lived and worked as a professional actor for several years in New York City. New York credits include: Off-Broadway: Harry in When Harry Met Nancy (New York New Works Festival), Voice of Mayor Humdinger in Paw Patrol (Event Box). Other credits: The Narrator in The Soldier's Tale (Boulder Philharmonic), The Genie in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (Disney Cruise Line), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Henry Etches in Titanic (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Zach in A Chorus Line, Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, Fred in A Christmas Carol (The Palace Theatre), Father in Ragtime (Interlakes Summer Theatre) Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret (Sierra Repertory Theatre), The Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical (Highland Summer Theatre). Touring Theatre: Punchin in A Commedia Cinderella (Sierra Repertory Theatre, Northern California), Shaggy in Scooby-Doo and the Mystery of the Pyramid, Maddie in Care Bears (Event Box in Saudi Arabia).
Ben is filled with more questions than answers these days...which feels just about right for grad school.