BEN BECKLEY is a Brooklyn-based playwright, actor and theater-maker.
His wide-ranging credits include Broadway and Off Broadway productions, television, musicals, devised and experimental performances, classical drama, and even performance art.
Ben’s recent projects include Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds (dir. Rachel Chavkin) at Long Wharf and ACT, Dying For It (dir. Neil Pepe) at Atlantic Theater Company, and the first national tour of Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher (dir. Alex Timers and Roger Rees).
As a co-artistic director of The Assembly, which The New York Times dubbed "a cutting-edge young theater collective," Ben has premiered six original productions, all directed by his wife, Jess Chayes.
From 2005 through 2009, he created 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 Festivals - 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's also studied vocal performance with Susan Eichhorn Young and Kabuki dance with Sachiyo Ito.
Ben grew up in Lexington, Virginia and holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from Princeton University.