Ben was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. As one of four siblings, he had a built in audience that he sought to entertain. At the age of two for example, he delighted the kids on the school bus picking up his brothers by putting on a bunny costume and popping out from a new hiding place every morning. Growing up in a musical family meant that piano lessons were complemented by family jam sessions.
After high school, Ben attended Bishops University, earning himself a BA in Philosophy, but also enjoyed all the extra curricular that University life had to offer. He entertained countless keg parties and outdoor gatherings with his band ‘The Water Solubles’, he participated in the drama department’s productions, he hosted his own radio show, “Musical A.D.D.” on CJMQ 88.9, and he also sang with the Bishops University Singers, under the direction of Jamie Crooks.
At Kilcoo Camp, a summer camp based in Minden ON, Ben found not only a captive and enthusiastic audience as the camp piano player, but also a new appreciation for the power of theatre and music: he directed his first shows there – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and David Mamet’s The Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock.
Life took Ben to Vancouver, where he jumped feet first in to the Studio 58 Acting programme at Langara College. Developing his skills with the holistic approach proscribed there allowed him to explore writing, acting, directing and composing. While there he was awarded the Sydney J. Risk Foundation Acting Prize in recognition of outstanding skills in acting and the Gertrude Langridge Theatre Arts Scholarship for exhibiting strong and consistent contribution to the Theatre Arts ensemble. While studying, Ben also teamed up with fellow student Anton Lipovetsky and Hannah Johnson, and co-created The Park, which had two productions at the school and won an Ovation award for Best New Musical. He has continued to write with Anton and received critical acclaim for their collaboration with award winning playwright Vern Thiessen for their showThe Best Laid Plans: A Musical. Currently, Ben and Anton are collaborating with writers Josh Epstein, Kyle Rideout and Director Meg Row, with the help of The Musical Stage Company on a new musical entitled Monoceros. Ben has also teamed up with playwright Fatuma Adar to create a new musical inspired by the short stories of Mavis Gallant.
Since his graduation from Studio 58, Ben has has worked across Canada, as an actor, musical director, composer and sound designer. Ben has completed 8 seasons with Vancouver’s Bard On The Beach, where he also helped create and musical direct the hit Beatles version of As You Like It, which has since seen productions in Winnipeg and Edmonton, and soon to be produced at Chicago Shakespeare Company. Ben also toured across Canada with the hit show, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen. Theatre companies he has worked for include Carousel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Theatre Replacement, The ArtsClub, The Citadel, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rosebud Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Firehall Arts Centre, Pacific Theatre, The Yukon Arts Centre, and Bard On The Beach, where he is also an Artistic Associate.
Ben is also an accomplished composer having scored for all types of things. At the age of 17, Ben was commissioned to compose the theme song for the CBC radio show Sounds Like Canada. Ben also had the pleasure of scoring the pilot for award winning comedy group Humantown, which aired nationwide on CBC. Ben has also composed theme songs for podcasts, Metro Vancouver, and the Canada Summer Games.