Right up until his return to the UK in 2019, Ben was one of the leading dialect and voice/text coaches in the US with over twenty four years experience as a coach, consultant, and teacher.
Now based in both London and the US, he has worked on over 125 theatre productions, including 20 on Broadway. He has spent many days on TV/Film sets, in ADR studios, and on Skype/FaceTime doing production prep and rehearsal.
Ben has coached a number of TONY and other award winning productions, including Billy Elliot, INK, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Matilda, The Last Ship, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and the immersive Sweeney Todd. He has coached seven actors on their TONY award winning performances, including Greg Jbara (Billy Elliot), Gabriel Ebert (Matilda), Michael Aronov (OSLO), Alex Sharp (Curious Incident), and the three Billy Elliots. He worked with the four Matildas who won special TONY Awards for Excellence and with many actors on their off-Broadway and regional award winning roles.
He trained as a Voice, Text, and Accent/Dialect teacher and coach on the world-renowned Voice Studies program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating, Ben moved to Dublin, Ireland where he taught at the Gaiety School of Acting and coached productions at the Gate Theatre and elsewhere for three years. He then moved to the US where he began teaching and coaching, initially in Texas, and then at the world-ranked BFA Acting program in the School of Drama of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He spent nine years teaching Dialect and Voice/Text at UNCSA. In 2008, he began working on the Broadway production of Billy Elliot as well as other shows on and off Broadway, regionally and on tour. He moved to New York in 2010 where he worked as a freelance voice, text, and Accent/Dialect coach until the summer of 2019.
Ben's work on TV and Film has covered TV shows such as Elementary and on films like James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Ben has been dialect consultant for actors including John Noble and Brían F. O’Byrne on many of their TV and film projects.
As a native Brit and dual citizen (US/UK) and having worked for a number of years in Ireland, Ben became the go-to coach in NYC for British and Irish dialects. In addition, he coached a lot of American plays and musicals as well as accents from Africa, Europe, Australasia, and Asia.
Ben has taught classes and workshops in a number of educational institutions and theatres in Europe and the US, including Juilliard, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin), "Old Vic – New Voices" workshops in NYC, Two River Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater.
Areas of specialism
PG Diploma, Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama