BEN RANDLE is the 2019 Drama League Leo Scull Musical Theatre Directing Fellow. Before recently relocating to NYC, he spent 15 years creating original musicals and plays, directing West Coast and regional premieres, and reimagining classics.
In New York, Ben directed the world premiere of Plover by Ryan Fogarty in the 2018 Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, while developing two new plays by Fogarty, Bethlethem, PA and You’ll Catch Flies. He also directed a reading of Sam Hamashima’s American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables for National Queer Theatre and was a 2017-18 Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow.
In San Francisco, Ben spent four seasons as the first Artistic Associate at New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco’s premier LGBT theatre for over 35 years, where he developed and/or directed world premieres of Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman, warplay by JC Lee (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nom., Best Director), and Salome, Dance for Me, an original glam rock musical he conceived and directed by rock musician and bio queen trixxie carr with Robert Mollicone, from San Francisco Opera.
Other world premieres include Into the Clear Blue Sky by JC Lee (BATCC Nom., Best Director); The Fisherman’s Wife by Steve Yockey for Impact Theatre; Pansy, the solo play by Evan Johnson which played to acclaim across the country following it premiere at NCTC.
Other highlights include the Bay Area Premiere of Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, West Coast premiere of The Submission by Jeff Talbott and Bay Area Premiere of The Chalk Boy by Joshua Conkel.
Ben has worked at CalShakes, Aurora Theatre, Just Theater, Thrillpeddlers, Brava! and West Edge Opera. He has a B.A. in Theatre from San Francisco State University and was a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.