Benjamin Lloyd is the Executive Director of White Pines Productions, which he foudned in 2009 with his production of William di Canzio’s play Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier (which gave the company its name.) Since then it has grown from a small company presenting play readings and classes, to a more substantial non-profit offering services to artists (like the residency program and our health insurance initiative), offering classes for youth and adults, and producing and presenting original work. With Jennifer MacMillan, he co-founded Bright Invention: The White Pines Ensemble on 2013.
Ben has produced and directed several independent theater productions: in New York;Beckett3, Extras and Q1 Hamlet; in Philadelphia, Psycho Drama, Eccentrics and William di Canzio’s Johnny Has Gone for A Soldier, the first White Pines Production; in New York City, Life Without Parole, Please!,; in Scotland, Psycho Drama; in The Czech Republic, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow. He recently directed White Pines’ two world premieres: Jerry Perna’s The Music Your Remember and Martha Kemper’s Luckiest Kid.
Since 1994, Ben has taught acting and theater at various institutions, including Princeton University, The University of the Arts, Villanova University, Penn State, Ursinus, Arcadia and Temple University. He now teaches through White Pines.
His second novel, The Deception of Surfaces, was published in July 2011. It is a follow up to his first book The Actor’s Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters, published by Allworth Press in May 2006. He is also the author of various articles and pamphlets on theatre and Quakerism.
He has a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, and he lives with his kids in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.