playwright / scientist

Photo: Matthew Dunivan


Ben is a playwright and neuroscientist who uses methods of experimentation and collaboration to create new works for the stage. He recently completed his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, and his plays have been presented in New York, Baltimore, Omaha, and Shanghai, China.

As a playwright, his work explores:

— human consciousness (MIDLIFE: Single Carrot Theatre, June 2016; Great Plains Theatre Conference, MainStage Play, May 2016)
— desensitization to daily life through immersion in each human sense, one at a time (IN ONE SENSE)
— concepts of time (PIONEER SPECIES: Columbia Stages @ The Ford Studio at the Pershing Square Signature Center, May 2016)
— utopian ideals of modern American cities filtered through the lens of Walt Disney (A CITY WILL BE BUILT HERE)

As a neuroscientist, he researches the genetic correlates of specific subpopulations of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, AKA Lou Gehrig's Disease). He has previously researched treatments for ALS, as well as glioma cancers and multiple sclerosis. His scientific experiments are published in Neuron, Journal of Neurochemistry, and Journal of Neurosurgery.

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