Ben Randle

THEATRE DIRECTOR

Randle and solo-artist Johnson to complete "Pansy" workshop at NCTC

Ben Randle and Evan Johnson will enter the studio Decmeber 2011 through January 2012 for the third and final workshop of an original solo work by Johnson, with a working title Pansy.

The workshop will culminate in an invite-only presentation January 21st, 2012, at NCTC. The workshop and eventual solo work is part of Johnson's residency in the New Conservatory Theatre Center's Emerging Artist Program and is being produced by NCTC.

The first workshop of Pansy took place in Fall 2010 with a invite-only showing in November, and the second workhop was during Summer 2011.

Evan Johnson is a queer theatre and performance maker working in devised/ensemble strategies, playwriting and physical theatre forms. His work includes text, character and story explorations, movement, improvisation and masks. Evan co-founded IT Speaks along with Jamie Van Camp in 2006 as well as 11.11 Art Group with Ernesto Sopprani in 2010. He teaches performance classes to young people at several local sites through SF Rec and Parks. A graduate of The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA, Evan presented his original play for one actor, DON'T FEEL: The Death of Dahmer (with 11.11 Art Group) at Mama Calizo's Factory (RIP) as a 2010 DIY Resident Artist. Also at MCVF he co-created SHAME! with Naked Empire Bouffon (2009). IT Speaks has presented it's interactive comedic showcase The Hello Show! in 2007 and 2008 and taught physical theatre workshops to High Schoolers. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Evan has begun performing an eccentric female character named Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress) at bars and parties. Johnson studied character-based comedy with Master Clowns, Giovanni Fusetti in Boulder, CO in 2007 and at Dell'Arte with Ronlin Foreman ('05 and '06).

Ben Randle recently directed Into the Clear Blue Sky by LC Lee for Sleepwalkers Theatre; Treefall, Don’t Ask, Doubt (BATCC Nomination, Best Director), Baptized to the Bone, and Friends are Forever at New Conservatory Theatre, and was an Artist in Residence in their Emerging Artists Program; Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus (DIY Residency, Mama Calizo Voice Factory), Come As You Are! (Brava! for Women in the Arts!); Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest 2010 (assoc. dir.); Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, A One Night Stand (Don’t Tell Mama in NYC, Eureka Theater, Rrazz Room); Katya, Back In The USSR (Rrazz Room); Joe Besecker’s  Loving Fathers (SF Fringe, Best of Fringe 2008); and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (Next Stage). Ben has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and was a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab 2010.  This fall, he will direct Chalk Boy by Josh Conkel at Impact Theater in Berkeley.