Ben Layne

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August 17, 2016
 

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Biography

Co-Artistic Director of Freshwater Theatre Company, which has had over 20 productions since the company's inception in November of 2010, winning an Ivey Award for Playwriting for Freshwater Theatre Goes to High School.

I am also a freelance director/actor in the Twin Cities, directing for Freshwater Theatre, Fortune's Fool Theatre, The Red Letter Society, Northern Starz Children's Theatre, and Swandive Theatre, among others. Onstage, I have been seen with Theatre Pro Rata, Freshwater Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, and Swandive Theatre, among others. 

Résumé

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
Directing Wait Until Dark - Chameleon Theatre Circle (Fall 2016)
Directing I Never Saw Another Butterfly - Northern Starz Children's Theater (Winter 2017)

PAST EXPERIENCE
DIRECTOR:

ONE T PRODUCTIONS:
Break Your Heart (Minnesota Fringe 2016)
Men Will Be Boys (tour spring/summer 2015)

NORTHERN STARZ CHILDREN'S THEATRE:
Princess Whatsername
Peter Pan
The Sound of Music

CHAMELEON THEATRE CIRCLE:
The Smelly Girl by Cary Gitter (staged reading)

FRESHWATER THEATRE COMPANY:
The Abortion Chronicles (as The Red Letter Society, MN Fringe 2016)
Pioneer Suite by Keith Hovis (World Premiere Musical)
The Gifted Program by Ruben Carbajal (Regional Premiere)
Going Down on the Queen of Minneapolis by Ruth Virkus (Fringe 2012)
No Goat by Ruth Virkus and Flapjacks and Bagels by Mame Pelletier (both part of Festival of Awkward Moments)

MERMAID PRODUCTIONS:
A Mermaid in Narnia (2015 MN Fringe)
Died in a Trailer Park/Woke Up a Mermaid (Fringe 2013)

FORTUNE'S FOOL THEATRE:
A Slight Ache
Stop Kiss

DEVIOUS MECHANICS: 
Shakespeare Apocalypse by Keith Hovis (MN Fringe 2014, also choreographer)

EDEN PRAIRIE PLAYERS:
Tough Cookies

MINNESOTA SHORTS FESTIVAL:
The Button Pushers by Ruben Carbajal

BOX WINE THEATRE:
Hetero (part of 2nd Annual Raucous Caucus Political Play Festival)
The First Debate (part of Raucous Caucus Political Play Festival)

UNIT COLLECTIVE:
Janitorial and What, Country Friends, is This? (part of Unit Collective's "Madness" series)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
SWANDIVE THEATRE:
The Baltimore Waltz (Damon Runnals directing)

OSTER REGENT THEATER:
42nd Street (Gary Baumgartner directing)

ACTOR:
THEATRE PRO RATA:
Wong - The Good Woman of Setzuan (Carin Bratlie)
Vizzini - Five-Fifths of the Princess Bride (Carin Bratlie)
Cloanthus - Dido, Queen of Carthage (Carin Bratlie)
Viceroy of Portugal - The Spanish Tragedy (Carin Bratlie)

WALKING SHADOW THEATRE COMPANY:
Mr. Montford - An Ideal Husband (Amy Rummenie)
Agent Dan - Saboteur (video spot) (John Heimbuch)

THEATRE FOREVER:
Scribe/Soldier/Ensemble - The King is Dead (Jon Ferguson)

FRESHWATER THEATRE COMPANY:
Reverend Tollhouse - The Book of Liz (Scot Moore)
Doctor - Cut or Uncut (Amber Bjork)
Christophe - Table 12: A Play At A Wedding (Crystal G. Schneider)

TEDIOUS BRIEF PRODUCTIONS:
Marsellus/Lancelot - Bard Fiction (Carin Bratlie)

SWANDIVE THEATRE:
Actor - Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage (Damon Runnals)
Miller/Gachet - Inventing Van Gogh (Damon Runnals)
Walter - Miniature Horses Don't Go to Heaven (Jason Vogen)

MOUNDS DINNER THEATRE:
Fred - The Ice Fish'n Op'ner (Greg Eiden)

STARTING GATE PRODUCTIONS:
Mike - A View From the Bridge (Jodi Kellogg)

THE FLOWER SHOP PROJECT:
Dan - In the Weeds (Gretchen Weinrich)
Pet Coffin Maker/Merle - The Fish, The Fruit, & the Pet Coffin Maker (Gretchen Weinrich)
Norvall - Almost Got it Made (Gretchen Weinrich)
Tim (The Up-Talker) - Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere (Gretchen Weinrich)
Chief/Lab Flunky - Attack of the Atomic Trash Monster's Bride (Gretchen Weinrich) Andrew - Auld Acquaintance (Gretchen Weinrich)

COMMEDIA BEAUREGARD:
Adriaan - Masterworks: The Rembrandt Plays (Crystal G. Schneider)
Dr. Gaul - Rossum's Universal Robots (Christopher Kidder)

THE DIRECTORS, LLP:
Actor - The Haunted Theatre (Damon Runnals/Matt Hune)

NIGHTPATH THEATRE:
Escalus/Mistress Overdone - Measure for Measure (Maggie Scanlan)
Envoy's Bodyguard - The Balcony (Maggie Scanlan)

THEATRE LIMINA:
Howard - Undiscovered Genius (Buddy Haardt)

HERITAGE THEATRE COMPANY:
El Gallo - The Fantasticks (Gretchen Weinrich)

LAKESHORE PLAYERS:
John Hutchins - The Night of January 16th (Brian Sherman)

BAD ATTITUDE PRODUCTIONS:
King of Navarre - Love's Labours Lost (Christopher McGahan)

PRODUCER:
FRESHWATER THEATRE COMPANY:
Pioneer Suite
If You Don't Weaken
The Man in Her Dreams
Mrs. Charles
Archival Revival
The Beacon From Belle Isle
Turn Signals
(Fringe 2013)
The Gifted Program
Freshwater Theatre Goes Back to High School
Better or Worse
Going Down on the Queen of Minneapolis
(Fringe 2012)
Dirty Girls Come Clean: The Return
The Book of Liz
Dirty Girls Come Clean: A Festival
Desperation Panties
A Festival of Awkward Moments

Table 12: A Play At A Wedding (Fringe 2010)

BAD ATTITUDE PRODUCTIONS:
Oedipus Wrecks
Sincerity Forever
KRAS News
Love's Labours Lost
Your Typical, Everyday, Lighthearted, Romantic, Comedy
An Enemy of the People

WRITER:
THE FLOWER SHOP PROJECT/IN THE BASEMENT PRODUCTIONS:
The Anniversary Present
THEATRE UNBOUND:
The Order of the Four Legs (co-written w/Eli Effinger Weintraub)
BAD ATTITUDE PRODUCTIONS:
KRAS News

EDUCATION
B.A. Theatre, University of Northern Iowa - May, 2003

TRAINING
Acting: Richard Glockner
Voice/Speech/Movement: Jeff Morrison, Sarah Zwick-Tapley
Your Character Does Not Exist workshop: Jon Ferguson
Shakespeare Workshops: Catherine Weidner, Maggie Scanlan

AWARDS
"Freshwater Goes Back to High School" won a 2013 Ivey award for playwriting (playwrights Katherine Glover, Alissa Shellito and Jeri Weiss)