Benjamin Evett is a well-known actor, director, and producer in the Boston area. Before joining the Poets’ Theatre in June of 2014, he was the Founding Artistic Director of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, which he shepherded from a small start-up to a mainstay of the regional theatre scene during his tenure from 2004 to 2009. He produced 22 productions and helped grow the company into a 1.2 million dollar organization. For that company he played Hamlet, Coriolanus, Petruchio, Edmund, Calliban, Cassius, and others. Previous to ASP, he was a member of the Resident Acting Company at the American Repertory Theatre from 1993 to 2003, appearing in more than fifty productions and worked with some of the greatest creative minds of the era, including Julie Taymor, Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, and Dario Fo.
A writer and actor, Ben created, produced, co-wrote and directed Blood Rose Rising, a cutting edge multimedia serial ghost drama. Ben has taught acting and directing at Emerson College, The Boston Conservatory, The American Repertory Theatre Institute, as well as numerous master classes on audition technique, Shakespeare, and scene study.
He has performed with the Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Repertory Theatre in Freud’s Last Session (C.S. Lewis) and God of Carnage (Alan) and with the Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Alley Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Repertory Theatre, Taiwan National Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre. Ben Evett is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Classics. After graduation, he joined the pilot class of ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard and performed with the company. Ben began acting when he was 10 years old at the Cleveland Playhouse and “never looked back.”
Ben is married to Kelli Edwards. They have two boys, Dashiell and Spencer and a dog, named Spike. In addition to his creative work, Ben enjoys cooking (and cooking shows), playing tennis, science, technology and current events. He is an avid sailor and loves the sea. Ben notes that Matt Spangler is “a dream to work with – such a good collaborator.”