Benjamin Stuber is a New York-based theatre artist working fluidly between acting, dance and adaptation to create original material for the stage. His work concerns highly visual movement-and-text-based combinations of fiction and non-fiction sources. He is available for hire as a performer, teacher, or theatrical collaborator.
Benjamin Stuber | New York, NY | 1+ 917 340 1932 | firstname.lastname@example.org
After sharing two new devised plays this spring, Benjamin is back in training throughout the summer while cooking up new work for the fall and beyond. Stay tuned for project dates soon!
Benjamin Stuber grew up in the diminutive town of Cookeville, Tennessee, where he lived on the edge of a verdurous mountain. Introduced at a young age to a life of performance through stock musicals and American classics, he soon attended Oberlin College, studying acting, dance, visual art, and interdisciplinary performance theory. He graduated in 2003.
That summer Benjamin relocated to Chicago where through 2007 he was active in the Windy City's vibrant grassroots performance scene – working with theatre and dance companies such as Blushing Poppy Butoh, Wing and Groove Theatre Company and Collision Theatre Company while studying Butoh dance with Nicole LeGette, Capoeira Angola at the world-famous Gingarte studio, and yoga with Chicago Yoga Center founder Suddha Weixler. He joined the experimental theatre group The Anatomy Collective in 2005 as an originator of numerous roles while designing costumes and puppets, co-founded the still-active performance duo One Continuous Mistake in 2006, worked for the Art Institute of Chicago, and was named a Spareroom Artist-In-Residence in 2007.
In the fall of 2007 Benjamin was accepted to Naropa University's groundbreaking Theatre: Contemporary Performance MFA program in Boulder, CO, where he focused on technique and composition supported by a contemplative bodymind, under master teachers such as Wendell Beavers, Steve Wangh, Barbara Dilley, Leigh Fondakowski, Katsura Kan, Kevin Kuhlke, Peggy Pettitt, Leon Ingulsrud and Barney O'Hanlan. In addition to teaching, designing costumes and puppets and performing in numerous roles at Naropa, he concentrated on creating new work such as a one-man Butoh/Clown piece arising from the American heartland, a radical two-man adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters by way of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and an hour-long trio dance concert based on Jorge Luis Borges's short story of the minotaur, The House of Asterion.
Benjamin now calls New York home. There he collaborates with other theatre artists to create visual stories founded and expressed through the body. In his spare time, he enjoys studying aerial arts, Tibetan Buddhist crazy wisdom, and the wilds of the NYC nightlife.
The theatre artist creates by embodying virtuosity, necessity, entertainment, composition, clarity, and beauty.
The integration of body and mind creates the essential foundation of differentiation into numerous modes of artistic expression. Where the bodymind meets the world art finds its source and direction; imagery, emotion, impulse, choice, and desire are the verbs of art, but the body, the materiel, movement, space, and time are its nouns. From this foundation, a theatre artist speaks.
He embodies psychophysical risk, fulfilling the deepest individual, communal, and cultural needs by skillfully working with the experience of each and every member of the audience always in mind.
Composing, he balances the containers of form with the contents of passion, constructing a clear path to the stars step by step.
Guiding audiences through transformation into beauty, the theatre artist assists direct perception of the world as it is.
|‡ Love in a Heat Death Universe||(Multiple characters - solo show)||Randoloph Curtis Rand, Dixon Place, NYC|
|‡ God Grant It All Works Out||Irina||One Continuous Mistake, Dixon Place, NYC|
|‡ Port Out, Starboard Home||Mack||dir. Ben Yalom, LaMama, NYC / ZSpace, SF|
|† The Three Christs of Ypsilanti||Joseph Cassel||dir. Taavo Smith / Benjamin Stuber, The Compound, NYC|
|‡ Epona's Labyrinth||Dealer / Lawyer||dir. Kameron Steele, The South Wing / HERE, NYC|
|‡ Uncle Vodka||Serebryakov||dir. Jeremy Williams, Mabou Mines Suite, NYC|
|‡ A Place in France||Monsieur Alligator||dir. Megan Sipe, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, NYC|
|‡ H U G||Performer||dir. Julie Troost, Anima Product. / Stuyvesant Park, NYC|
|† Secretary; Fantasy||The Boss||dir. B. Stuber and T. David, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC|
|The Tempest||Trinculo / Antonio||dir. Paul Moser, Oberlin Theatre Festival, Oberlin, OH|
|Our Town||George Gibbs||dir. Steve Wangh, Naropa University, Boulder, CO|
|‡ The Three Sisters||Irina||One Continuous Mistake, Boulder Fringe 2008, CPR 2012|
|23 Seconds on John Cage||Ensemble||dir. Leon Ingulsrud & Barney O'Hanlan, Naropa|
|Inanna||Dumuzi||dir. Jeremy Williams, Naropa University|
|† Droughts||Performer||dir. Benjamin Stuber, Naropa University|
|Scab||Mary Androgyny||dir. Libby Ford, Collision Theater Company, Chicago|
|Endgame||Clov||One Continuous Mistake, Locus, Chicago|
|The Prometheus Myth||Oceanid||dir. Stephanie Acosta, The Anatomy Collective, Chicago|
|Many Things are Destroying Me||Gromp/Parker||dir. Stephanie Acosta, The Anatomy Collective, Chicago|
|How to Explain the History...||Stepan Rozanov / Stalin||dir. Bryan White, Wing and Groove Theatre, Chicago|
|‡ Gaijin Seppuku!||Performer||One Continuous Mistake, Locus, Chicago|
|† Centrifuge||The Actor||dir. Benjamin Stuber, Oberlin College, OH|
|Nameless Nobody||dir. Erin Dudley, The Compound, NYC|
|The Plague||dir. Fulya Pekar, Theatre for the New City, NYC|
|Dreams Dammed: Same||dir. Erin Dudley, New Genre Festival XVIII, Tulsa, OK|
|The Desolate Delight Project||dir. Barbara Dilley, Naropa University|
|† The Asterion Project||dir. Benjamin Stuber, Naropa University|
|Gallop of the Embryo||dir. Katsura Kan, VIVA/Naropa University|
|Beckett:Butoh||dir. Katsura Kan, The Atlas Institute/Naropa University|
|What Kind of Sky Do You Like?||dir. Ginger Krebs, Site Unseen/Chicago Cultural Center|
|Untitled Butoh/Taiko Performance||dir. Nicole LeGette, Blushing Poppy Butoh, Chicago|
|And a Lack Thereof||dir. Kasey Foster, The Anatomy Collective, Chicago|
|Splintered Idylls||dir. Devin Brain/Glen Cullen, Tangerine Arts Group|
|Ensemble and Physical Theatre Fundamentals||Education Director/Teacher 2011-present||Sanctuary Playwright's Theatre - NYC|
|The Suzuki Method of Actor Training||Teacher 2011-present||Sanctuary Playwright's Theatre - NYC|
|Body on the Edge (class)||Creator / Instructor 2011||The Art of Fitness - NYC|
|Introduction to Clown||Co-teacher 2007||Naropa University - Boulder, CO|
|Butoh and Clown for Actors||Co-teacher 2007||Locus - Chicago|
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