Ben Ribler is a non-union (EMC) actor, playwright, and puppeteer. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, he continues to work in the DC Metro Area, both on stage and screen.
As an actor, he has worked with Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Monumental Theatre Company, Rorschach Theatre, Pointless Theatre, Capital Fringe and Red Branch Theatre Company, and at venues such as The Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Hylton Performing Arts Center and The Lorton Workhouse. Onscreen, his work can be seen in various short films, on Investigation Discovery's Evil Kin, and in the upcoming feature film, Josh Taylor's Prom Date.
Ben's original plays have been performed in University festivals, including the Mason Players' Ten-Minute Play Festival, as well as a staged reading with Catholic University's CenterStage Theatre Company. His profile on New Play Exchange contains a more comprehensive list of works.
He is also a puppeteer, with experience portraying all sorts of hand/rod characters- from the fruit and vegetable friends of Pocket Change Theatre Company's family-friendly War & Peas to Alfred Packer, the blood-hungry protagonist of HalfMad Theatre's inventive puppet-filled production of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical.
Ben graduated from George Mason University in May of 2017, with a degree in Theater and a concentration in Stage and Screen Performance. Ben has experience instructing as a Teaching Artist with Acting For Young People for both their After School and Summer Camp programs.
When not performing, writing or teaching, Ben enjoys video games, finding new TV shows, and spending time with loved ones. He appreciates you checking out his website! Thank you!
BE MORE CHILL
Presented by Monumental Theatre Company
“Jeremy Heere is not a popular kid. So he swallows a super computer that will tell him how to act and make him the coolest kid in school. What could go wrong?”
Ben is incredibly excited to play Jeremy in Be More Chill, the hottest show of 2019, with Monumental Theatre Company, the 2018 recipients of the Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company.”
The immensely popular cult musical, written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, mixes elements of sci-fi, comic books, high school comedy, retro video games and 80s horror to create a hilarious, frightening, heartfelt show, including songs such as “More Than Survive,” “Two Player Game” and the smash hit “Michael in the Bathroom.”
Be More Chill may currently be a hit on Broadway, but you’ll only have to go as far as the Ainslie Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia to see the show’s professional DMV premiere. The production runs from July 11th through August 2nd. Get tickets here before they sell out! !
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
Presented by Imagination Stage
“Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remount of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.”
Ben plays Edmund in this acclaimed retelling of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Doubled with another performer dancing the role of Edmund, Ben portrays the role through dialogue and song (including the standout “I’ll Show Them.”)
The show performs at Bethesda, Maryland’s Imagination Stage as part of their highly anticipated 40th Anniversary Season, and runs from November 23rd through January 5th. Season subscriptions are currently available and single-event tickets for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe are available here!
IT’S MERMAID TIME
Presented by Szpara Productions
“Set in Ocean City, Maryland, It’s Mermaid Time follows the adventures of Clem, a girl on her quest to meet a mermaid. It’s a lighthearted story focusing on the magic of imagination, and the wonder of the world as seen through the eyes of a child. At the heart of the story is the relationship between the young girl and her older brother Donny, who are at different stages in their lives. The search for the mermaid initially drives them further apart, but in the end brings them back together.”
Ben plays the role of Donny in this goofy and heartfelt short film about growing up and reconnecting with the ones who matter most.
The film recently screened at the 2019 Ocean City Film Festival and plans are in the works for a wider release. Watch the trailer embedded onto this page and stay tuned for updates on plans for future distribution!