Benjamin Pelteson

Benjamin Pelteson

Benjamin Pelteson is an award-winning theatre director and writer who currently teaches at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His plays and musicals have been staged nationally.

Benjamin Pelteson as Haskell delivers an outstanding performance that keeps audiences spellbound from beginning to end, captivating with both humor and pathos.

Early Life and Education

Pelteson was part of an acting troupe visiting Auburn High as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s school visit program. He has performed both on Broadway and regional theater, such as Photograph 51 (EST), The Mines of Sulphur (City Opera), King Lear, Cymbeline, Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (George Street Playhouse), plus numerous TV series such as The Americans, Homeland, Blacklist Law & Order Unforgettable Unforgettable Silly Little Game (George Street Playhouse).

Jim Jack shows us in The Immigrant how unjust policies and mass hysteria can wreak havoc on an innocent, hardworking individual, like Haskell. Haskell becomes an endearing character who makes you laugh and cry simultaneously.

Professional Career

Benjamin Pelteson is a theatre director, actor and educator – his plays and musicals have been produced across the country while his directorial credits include New York City venues like City Center, Manhattan Theater Club and Second Stage as well as leading workshops and participating in school-visit programs.

He has written for theatre, television and film and champions diversity in casting. Additionally, he provides audition workshops to students at colleges and universities across the US.

On screen he has appeared in Homeland, The Americans, Unforgettable and Law & Order and earned himself a Barrymore Nomination for Angels in America in Philadelphia. Additionally he has performed at such venues as The Public/NYSF, Playwrights Horizons EST City Opera Encores! and Ars Nova across America.

Achievement and Honors

Pelteson graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and trained at both Helen Wayne Rauh School of Acting and Moscow Art Theatre School, earning Barrymore nominations for his role as Louis in Angels in America as well as credits on Homeland, The Blacklist, StartUp Unforgettable Law & Order as well as ESPN 30 for 30 film Silly Little Game.

He has appeared in various New York productions, such as Photograph 51 (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Mines of Sulphur, Quail, Cymbeline, Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window and Indecent. Additionally he has performed regionally in Disgraced, The Immigrant (George Street Playhouse), Merchant of Venice, Dracula Peter and the Starcatcher Hamlet and Lady Windermere’s Fan as well as being part of founding Philadelphia company The Wilma Theater.

Personal Life

Benjamin Pelteson can be seen on television shows like Homeland, The Blacklist, Unforgettable and Law & Order as well as ESPN 30 for 30 Film Silly Little Game. On stage he has performed at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Ensemble Studio Theatre New York City Opera New York City Opera City Opera Ars Nova as well as creating works for The Public/NYSF/EST Primary Stages Lark among many others.

George Street Playhouse Director of Education Jim Jack directs a cast that features Pelteson (The Mines of Sulphur at NYC Opera), Gretchen Hall (Broadway’s Stickfly), Lauriel Friedman (Vanity Fair at Pearl Theater Company) and R. Ward Duffy, among others. Set designer Jason Simms, costume designer Asta Bennie Hostetter and lighting designer Jen Schriever complete the design team; performances run until April 7th.

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