is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer, and voiceover artist.
He has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway tours and major regional productions, feature films and national commercials, and dozens of New York plays and musicals, including six original works with his theater company, The Assembly.
His wide-ranging acting credits also include experimental theater, classical drama, solo performance, site-specific installation, operetta, dance theater and even performance art.
Ben is currently on the road with New York Times and TimeOut NY Critics' Pick SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, by OBIE-winner Bess Wohl, dir. Tony-nominee Rachel Chavkin. He recently premiered DYING FOR IT at Atlantic Theater Company, dir. Neil Pepe, and traveled to twenty-one cities with the first national tour of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, dir. Alex Timbers and Roger Rees.
As a member of The Assembly, which The New York Times has dubbed "a cutting-edge young theater collective," Ben has performed to sold-out houses in CLEMENTINE AND THE CYBER DUCKS, THREE SISTERS, THAT POOR DREAM, I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LATER, and HOME/SICK, a Critics' Pick in both Backstage and The New York Times. He will play Trigorin/Claudius in April 2018 in the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE and is currently co-writing an original musical for the company. All seven productions have been developed and directed by his wife, Jess Chayes (2017 Lucille Lortel Award, League of Professional Theater Women).
Other professional theater credits include work with TACT (The Actors Company Theatre), New Georges, and Berkshire Theatre Group. Ben has developed work for Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and The Public Theater, and with award-winning directors Anne Kauffman, Rachel Chavkin, and Robert Wilson.
From 2005 through 2009, he developed four projects with the experimental theater company Temporary Distortion, and performed with them at several major venues in New York (P.S. 122, The Chocolate Factory, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, CUNY's Prelude Festival) and internationally (Mois Multi and Usine C - Canada, The Via/Exit Festival - France, The Salzburg Festival - Austria).
Ben studied for six years with Emmy Award-winning director Gene Lasko and Tony Award-winning actor Reed Birney. He has trained at The Actors Center, The Singer's Forum, Fiasco Theater Company, and The People's Improv Theater, and taken workshops with Kristen Linklater, Bill Irwin, and Kevin Spacey.
Also an experienced commercial actor and voiceover artist, Ben has recorded several national ads (both on-camera and voiceover) and can be heard as Thomas Jefferson in the History Channel's thirteen-part documentary The Revolution.
Ben grew up in a small town in southern Virginia and graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature.