"I had the absolute pleasure of studying with Ben in the 2016 TNT Talent Diversity Initiative. Right off the bat his energy and humor made for a very comfortable and safe learning space.  This was very different from other classes I have been in that have been too serious and rigid, not allowing me to feel completely open and available to be vulnerable. Ben's sense of humor mixed with a straight forward, no b.s. take on the industry was just what I needed to get past my own insecurities, and reveal my very passionate side. He is very individualized with instruction, and takes time to give very thoughtful and personal feedback. He also challenges you to be quick on your feet!! The most valuable lesson I learned during this time was to embrace my individuality as an actor. I was in a constant state of talking myself out of rolls entering an audition room because of self doubt. Through the techniques taught in class, I have learned to center myself and feel more confident. I have booked several jobs since!!" -Julana Torres, TNT Talent Diversity Initiative 2016

"Ben, I say Ben not Mr. Newman because that is exactly how Ben instantly makes you feel, comfortable and friendly.  Ben is amazing in that he comes off unassuming and draws out of you what you are, who you are.  I have taken classes else where, many else where's and although I enjoy them they have not drawn out of me, well... me." -Veronica Brown, TNT Talent Diversity Initiative 2016  

"Ben was the kind of teacher I went to acting school hoping to find. He refused to give easy answers and was not afraid to challenge and push his students. He brought a lot of real world experience and could speak to what it is actually like to be a working actor. He was opinionated but thoughtful, impressive but approachable, and he refused to let his students get by with their actor tricks and habits. I'd love to go back and take class from him again." - Shannon Mastel, Portland Actors Conservatory Class of 2015, MFA candidate University of Missouri-Kansas City 2021

"Having Ben as a teacher and a mentor has been an inspiration to me these past two years. He pushes me to be the best artist I can be, never gives up on me, and never lets me give up on myself. He learns from each student, adapts his teaching style to fit the student, the material, and the situation, and is open to share his insights and experiences of the professional world with his class. Ben is a very caring, insightful, and loving teacher. It's been an honor to study under him." - Jacob Camp, Portland Actors Conservatory Class of 2016

      
  
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     The Federal Case (and partially true tale) of Kaos v. Kronos, or; Laughing at Gilded Butterflies, or; Iscobido Lasso Ashkebadet, or; Mask of the Red Nose, or; Descendants of Harmonia and Eris, or; Your Yin is My Yang, or; Snwolc.         -1st Year Clown Students at Portland Actors Conservatory

  The Federal Case (and partially true tale) of Kaos v. Kronos, or; Laughing at Gilded Butterflies, or; Iscobido Lasso Ashkebadet, or; Mask of the Red Nose, or; Descendants of Harmonia and Eris, or; Your Yin is My Yang, or; Snwolc. 

-1st Year Clown Students at Portland Actors Conservatory

"One of my favorite things about Ben's teaching style is his ability to keep things fresh for the artists he teaches. I never know quite what to expect in his class, and I believe this is essential when fueling creative fire." - Tara Spires, Portland Actors Conservatory Class of 2016