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, 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!
P.Y.G, OR THE MIS-EDUMACATION OF DORIAN BELLE
Presented by Studio Theatre
“Dorian Belle is a big deal. He’s a Canadian pop sweetheart, and he’s ready to be taken seriously. So his people hire his favorite hip-hop artists—Black and Alexand, the ‘bad boy’ rappers of Petty Young Goons—to help him toughen up his image. They’re black, he’s white. They’re from Chicago, he’s from Canada. It’s all on reality TV. What could go wrong? Inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion, this world premiere is a blistering and entertaining look at cultural and racial appropriation in a fictionalized exchange of ideologies, vernacular, and alleged street cred.”
Ben is understudying the role of Dorian in this hilarious and poignant new show by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, the playwright who recently brought the highly acclaimed Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies to the DC area.
The show runs from April 3rd through the 28th. Get tickets 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!