Guest Director: Much Ado about Nothing
Benjamin Curns has been an artistic associate with the American Shakespeare Center since 2001. During his tenure at ASC, he has served in many different capacities. He has toured the USA twice as an actor (Bright Heaven of Invention & Excellent Motion Tours) and once as the Company Manager and Assistant Director for the 2002 Beguile the Rich Tour which culminated in a two week residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Benjamin has also served as an actor/musician for five Summer and Fall seasons where he played roles such as Iago in Othello, Caliban in The Tempest, and The Bastard in King John. He has also appeared in eight Actors’ Renaissance Seasons where, in addition to playing dozens of roles including the title roles in Macbeth, Q1 Hamlet, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, and Richard III, he helped to create and organize the first ever Blackfriars Benefit Concert.
He has directed Othello, All’s Well That Ends Well, 2 Henry IV, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest for American Shakespeare Center’s Young Company where he also taught workshops on stage violence and First Folio Technique. He has presented two papers at the biennial Blackfriars Conference where he has also directed productions of the new plays Shakespeare On Ice and Sumpthin’ Rotten. He served as assistant director for productions of Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Importance of Being Earnest and was Fight Director for ASC productions of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, 1 Henry IV, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, and The Comedy of Errors.
Outside of ASC, Benjamin has directed Macbeth (Excellent Motion Shakespeare Company), 8 (Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre), and Hurlyburly (SUNY Cortland).
Benjamin is a member of the Actors Equity Association and a recognized Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. In the fall of 2014, Benjamin will begin study on his Master of Fine Arts at UNC Chapel Hill/Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
For American Shakespeare Center: Romeo and Juliet; Henry IV, Part 1; Othello; Cymbeline; Julius Caesar; The Two Noble Kinsmen; and collaborations for the Actors’ Renaissance Seasons include Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3; The Custom of the Country; and The Changeling. American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp credits include Macbeth; Henry IV, Part 2; andTitus Andronicus.
Credits outside of ASC include Macbeth (Roust Theatre Company, NYC); Superior Donuts (with ASC alum Jeremy L. West) and Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Live Arts, Charlottesville, VA); Tyger’s Heart, King John, The Maid’s Tragedy, and others (Mary Baldwin College).
Benjamin is a member of Actors Equity Association, a recognized Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and currently holds a brown belt in American Freestyle karate.
|<< November 2014 >>|
The Comedy of Errors
Friday, November 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:30 pm
Cyrano de Bergerac
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Actors' Renaissance Season