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Benjamin Benne is a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. He is a Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up, Princess Grace Award finalist, Ingram New Works Lab finalist, Blue Ink Playwriting Award semifinalist, and P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New American Plays. His work has been produced by Annex Theatre (Terra Incognita, 2016), Forward Flux Productions (las mariposas Y los muertos, 2017), and Pillsbury House Theatre (The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation, 2017), as well as developed by The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, Two River Theater's Crossing Borders Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season, A Contemporary Theatre's Construction Zone, Umbrella Project, Parley, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County, considers Seattle his home, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Selected works are available to read in full at New Play Exchange.
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Benjamin has been named one of 16 semifinalists, out of a pool of 400 applicants, for the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellowship.
An excerpt from #nowall is featured in City Arts Magazine's December issue.
Benjamin will be among the cohort of participants in the HBMG 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Creede, CO.
Benjamin is a winner of the 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award and has been awarded a residency through the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM.