Ben Franklin: (Co-Managing Director - Performer in “Cirque Le Jazz”, “The Ring Bros.: A 2-Man Circus”, & “A Vintage Affair”)
Ben always dreamed of creating exciting productions that would thrill an audience. Now his dreams are a reality as the 2 Ring Circus quite literally takes flight. Groomed and trained in music theatre, he has spent the past few years combining aerial circus arts with theatre to create one of a kind, crowd pleasing productions. As an original co-creator and founder of Suspended Cirque (New York’s First Aerial Circus Theatre Company), he has been a key component in the successful production of 7 original shows that have been lauded by critics.
With a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and University, he has performed all over the world as an actor/singer/dancer/aerialist. He has worked in numerous regional theaters, national tours, world cruises, Off-Broadway, and Lincoln Center. Favorite productions and roles include: The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Rep), The Ghosts of Versailles at LA Opera, My Fair Lady w/ Kelsey Grammar and Brian Dennehy (Lincoln Center/NY Philharmonic), The Music Man w/ Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy (Bushnell Theatre), Untamed (Boston Center For The Arts), The Wizard Of Oz; Scarecrow, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast; Lumiere, Cats; Rum Tum Tugger, Oklahoma!; Will Parker, Arsenic & Old Lace; Mortimer Brewster, Street Scene; Dick McGann, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers; Caleb, Peter Pan; Starkey/Indian, Cabaret; Bobby, Hairspray; Brad, Urinetown; Tiny Tom, & Brigadoon; Sandy Dean and the film version of The Producers.
Ben (along with creative partner Joshua Dean), staged and choreographed Chris March’s The Butt-Cracker Suite! A Trailer Park Ballet which played Off-Broadway and received 2 Drama Desk nominations including Best Unique Theatrical Experience. And most recently 2 Ring Circus has incorporated their special brand of theatrical circus storytelling into productions at LA Opera, Arkansas Rep and the Fulton Theatre.
For more about Ben as a variety artist and burlesque performer visit: www.iambenfranklin.com