Ben Williams is an actor and musician living in NYC.
Ben received his actor training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Cornell University, with additional study at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Performance (with a concentration in Theatre) from Cornell University, and his work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., The Players Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Folding Chair Classical Theatre, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, Riverside Theatre, Shadowland Theatre, Casa Mañana Theatre, Farmer's Alley Theatre, Illusion Theatre, and Milwaukee's late great X Theatre, among others.
Ben's favorite professional roles include Nat (Honky-Tonk Highway), Jim (Pump Boys and Dinettes), Steve (Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash), Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald: The Actual Interrogation), Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet), Hamlet (Hamlet), Paul (Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape), Hadley (The Only Child), David Reilly (Antenora; Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), Ian Cobb (Up, Up, Down, Down), John Proctor (The Crucible, staged reading), Peter the Clown (Romeo & Juliet), Roy Caulder (Lone Star), Billy Bibbit (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and Mozart (Amadeus). CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESUME.
Ben is represented by Phoenix Artists, Inc. and he is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Ben has been writing and performing music for more than 15 years since teaching himself on his dad's worn out acoustic. Born in Duluth, MN, raised in nearby Holyoke and then later just outside of Milwaukee, WI, Ben's Midwestern sensibilities are intact although they certainly don't run the show. His lyrics balance kinetic spontaneity and emotion with an often decidedly simple musicality. As he processes his experience and sets the dial to "musical output", it's worth listening in.
Ben has four years of private vocal training in jazz, classical and contemporary styles. He is otherwise a self-taught musician, mingling acoustic guitar with his lyrical blend of folk, rock, alternative and indie sounds.