Facilitator, Southwest High School
Ben grew up in Minneapolis and Paris, following his parents on their theatrical journeys. An alumnus of Project SUCCESS, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in cultural anthropology while teaching English to middle schoolers through Learning Works, Breakthrough Program. He also led and directed a performance with 18 Karen students for the Karen Organization of Minnesota. Before joining Project SUCCESS in 2014, Ben spent a few years traveling and performing himself. The connection to performance and talented facilitators drew him into the program. He is delighted to make the transition from alumnus to facilitator at Project SUCCESS and is excited to be a part of the team. When not at Project SUCCESS, Ben spends most of his time in his garden, playing music or performing.
Sam Cooke, Fairfield Four, Oscar Isaac, Joe Pug, Queen, Jacques Brel, The Head and the Heart
If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?
The Benny Hill Theme
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bad Mnonkey by Carl Hiassen, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Toy Story, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Princess Bride, Les Intouchables, Hot Fuzz
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
Favorite subject in school:
Creative Writing and English
Favorite theater experience:
When I was little, I used to sneak on stage in make shift costumes at my mother’s theater and see if anyone noticed
Favorite Project SUCCESS workshop:
Your ultimate vacation destination:
Tibet or a motorcycle trek across Eurasia.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to transform into different animals.
The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:
Bob Zelle, a teacher at Breakthrough who became my mentor when I first started teaching.
What you wanted to be when you grew up: