Ben directed and co-produced MMP’s production of Closet Chronicles. As an actor, director, and/or producer, Ben Hodges has appeared in New York with The Barrow Group Theater Company, Origin Theater Company, Daedalus Theater Company, Monday Morning Productions, the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Coyote Girls Productions, Jet Productions, New York Actors’ Alliance, and Outcast Productions. Additionally, he has appeared in numerous productions presented by theatre companies that he founded, including the Tuesday Group and Visionary Works. On film, he can be seen in “Macbeth: The Comedy”.
In 2001, Ben became director of development and then served as executive director for Fat Chance Productions Inc. and the Ground Floor Theatre, a New York-based nonprofit theatre and film production company. “Prey for Rock and Roll” was developed by Fat Chance from their stage production (the first legit theatrical production to play CBGBs) into a critically acclaimed feature film starring “The Sopranos” Emmy winner Drea de Matteo and Gina Gershon.
Ben served as an editorial assistant for six years on the 2001 Special Tony Honor Award-winning Theatre World, at sixty-six years of age, the most complete annual pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions. He became coeditor in 1998, and editor in chief in 2009. Also an assistant for many years on the prestigious Theatre World Awards for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts, Ben was elected to the Theatre World Awards Board in 2002 and served as executive producer for the annual ceremony through 2006. In 2003 he was presented with a Special Theatre World Award in recognition of his ongoing stewardship of the event.
Ben also served as executive producer for the 2005 LAMBDA Literary Foundation “Lammy” Awards in New York, given for excellence in LGBT publishing. In support of the 2005 LAMBDA Literary Awards, Ben produced a reading of 2005 finalists at the LGBT Community Center in New York City.
Forbidden Acts, the first collected anthology of gay and lesbian plays from the span of the twentieth century, edited and with an introduction by Hodges, was published in 2003 and became a finalist for LAMBDA Literary Award for Drama. With his second volume, Outplays: Landmark Gay and Lesbian Plays of the Twentieth Century (Alyson Books, 2008), his second volume of gay and lesbian plays and with a foreword by Harvey Fierstien, makes Hodges the most prolific anthologist of gay and lesbian plays in or out of print.
His The Commercial Theater Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals (coedited with late Commercial Theater Institute director Fred Vogel) was released by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books in January 2007, and with essays and interviews by twenty-eight Broadway producers, publicists, general managers, and attorneys, has quickly become a classic its field, and has been adopted as a course book by several colleges and universities.
His The American Theatre Wing Presents The Play That Changed My Life: America’s Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them, was released by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books in 2009.
Ben also serves on the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee, selecting outstanding individuals for recognition Off-Off-Broadway, and as vice president of Summer Stage New York, a professional summer theatre program in Fayetteville, New York. He has also served as a panelist for Theater Resources Unlimited and has worked at Stuart Howard Associates as a freelance casting director for the stage, television, and film.
Ben holds a BFA in Theatre Acting and Directing from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and is an alumnus of the Commercial Theater Institute. He received his 2012 Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a licensed and practicing attorney in private practice in New York City.