Ben Viccellio is a Chicago-based playwright and actor. Acting credits include: the role of Oedipus in Frank Galati's "Oedipus Complex" at The Goodman Theatre; "Cherry Orchard" (dir. Tina Landau), "Theatrical Essays" (dir. Tina Landau) and the world premiere of "Men of Tortuga" (dir. Amy Morton) at Steppenwolf; the role of Petruchio in "Short Shakespeare: Taming of the Shrew" (dir. David H. Bell), the role of Macbeth in "Short Shakespeare: Macbeth" (dir. David H. Bell) and the role of Guildenstern in "Hamlet" (directed by Terry Hands) at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Additionally, Ben has worked with About Face, Rivendell Theatre, Griffin Theater and Viaduct Theater, among others. He has also acted for film and television, as well as in the odd commercial... some of them very odd. He has written a number of plays and has seen his work produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Aspen. His play, "House of Judgment," was nominated for an LA Valley Theatre Award for Best Author of an Original Drama. He has also authored screenplays, including "Men In Trouble," based on the novel of the same name.
While earning his M.F.A. at Northwestern, he taught Intro to screenwriting and was the recipient of a generous grant from actor/filmmaker Zach Braff, which was used to fund Ben's first original short film, "The Meaning of Hemingway." He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.
Areas of Expertise
Acting, Classical Drama, Shakespeare, Screenwriting, "Genre" Film
2009 — Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University
1998 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College