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Ben Matheny 

 

Ben came to UNO in the fall of 07' from a largely theatre background seeking a degree in filmmaking and experience acting. In his first semester he became involved with UNO theatre, getting cast in the otherwise grad-student exclusive Putter for which he received an Irene Ryan acting nomination. In his next three semesters at UNO Ben appeared in four more shows, Metamorphoses, The Dark End of Day (once again as the only undergraduate in the cast), The Chairs, and Much Ado About Nothing. Ben served as vice-president of the UNO theatre organization “The Lakefront Players” and as President, VP, and manager alternatively of the on-campus Improv comedy troupe “FDR Improv” of which he is longest performing member in troupe history.

 

After a couple of years cutting his teeth on the stage, Ben transitioned fully into film. You can see him in American Horror Story: Coven, Scream Queens, Zoo, and Easy Does It.  He has appeared in over twenty UNO films from introductory projects to thesis films. He went three for three with the UNO filmmakers one semester starring in all three of the clubs projects for the spring of 2010. Other notable roles were in the recent UNO Spring Film The Duel, as well as 2009's Shrinks and Psychopaths for which he won the UNO film festival's “Best Actor” award, as well as the audience-choice award winner from that same festival; 12 (which Matheny also wrote) for which he received the “Best Actor” award at LSU's “Outhouse Film Festival”.

 

When not acting, Ben spends his time writing and taking every opportunity to direct. He has written and directed two projects at UNO including his senior piece Nessun Dorma which will be debuting at the UNO Film Fest this year. He is also in post-production on a feature he wrote and directed- 40 Days of Famine. After graduation Ben hopes to find representation and begin the struggle to break into professional acting as well as tackle more projects- both for the sake of art and work, with his upstart production company, Elysian Fields Independent.

 

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BEN'S RESUME:                                                              

 Hair: Lt. Brown     Eyes: Green     Height: 6' 0”    Weight: 175   Vocal:Tenor/Baritone  

 

Theater

University of New Orleans’  2007-2009 Productions of:

Much Ado About Nothing-----------------Balthazar (and Conrad)

The Chairs -------------------------------------------------The Orator

The Dark End of Day-------------------------------------------James

Metamorphoses --------------------------------------Apollo/Various

Putter     -----------------------------------------------------------Mark

UNO “Theater in the Raw”  festival's 07-08 Productions of:

12 -----------------------------------------------------------------Black

Spots   ------------------------------------------------------------Butch

Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera's 2006-07  productions of:

CATS  ----------------------------------------------Rum Tum Tugger

Footloose -------------------------------------------- Chuck Cranston

Plus many in addition to listed 

Education

Currently pursuing a major in Film and Theater at

he University of  New Orleans.

 

Studied Acting and Film  at 

Middlesex University, London, England, Trent Park Campus

 

 

Classes Taken Include:

Acting for the Camera with Phil Karnell, New Orleans, LA

Acting with Joyce Deale and James Yeargain, New Orleans, LA

Advanced Stage Movement with Dolly Riveras, New Orleans, LA

Advanced Voice for the Actor with Michael Santos, New Orleans, LA

Mind Body Movement with Catherine Seymour, London, England

Awards

Outhouse Film Festival 2010

Winner, Best Actor for 12

 

U. of New Orleans International Film Festival 2009

Winner, Best Actor for Shrinks and Psychopaths

 

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's  2008

Irene Ryan Acting Nomination for  Putter 

 

National Forensics League Duo Acting 2007

Top Ranked in state of MS with The Real Inspector Hound

Southeastern Theater Conference 2006

“All-Star Cast” recognition with The Crane Wife

Improvisation

Short and long form, comedic and dramatic, game-based ans scenic. Four years with  FDR Comedy and Two Years with Orphaned on Purpose.

Film

 

KILLER SHEEP FILM COLLECTIVE  and TRENT DAVIS' (2011)

Blood in the Grass------------------------------Pinkie (Supporting)

ALEX AARON'S (2011)

Expose---------------------------------------------------  Carl (Lead)

UNO FTCA SPRING FILM and LASZLO FULOP'S (2011)

The Duel-------------------------------------------------Louis (Lead)

DAVID LEBLANC'S (2011)

Orange Appeal----------------------------------------Patrick (Lead)

ANDREW BURNS' (2011)

The Unintentional Exorcist--------------------------Jessup (Lead)

WENDY GRANGER'S (2010)

Out of Carl's Closet----------------------------------- Adam (Lead)

DC ENTERTAINMENT and WARNER BRO'S (2011)

Green Lantern-------------------------Airfield Engineer (Featured)

DC ENTERTAINMENT' and VARNER BRO'S (2010)

RED--------------------------------------Kosovo Soldier (Featured)

UNO FILMMAKERS' (2010)

Home is Where You Make it---------------Luke Ludwig (Lead) *

CHIP HORNSTEIN/ NOTEBOOK PICTURES' (2010)

Pygmy Park-----------------------------------Freddy (Supporting) * UNO FILMMAKER”S   (2010)                                  

Retribution--------------------------------------------Daniel (Lead) *

UNO FILMMAKER”S  (2010)

 Pizza and Epicuris-------------------------------------Ryan (Lead)

NOTEBOOK PICTURES (2010)

Heartbeat ---------------------------------Blake Williams (Lead)  *    

HENRY GRIFFIN's (2010)

Flip Mavens-------------------------------Adameus (Pod/Featured)

MXU OF LONDON'S (2009)

 Unforgiven------------------------------------ Apollo (supporting)

BROOKE LYNN WRIGHT'S (2009)

12-------------------------------------------------------John (Lead)   *

OWEN HORNSTEIN 'S(2008)

Shrinks and Psychopaths --------------The Psychopath (Lead)  *

DAVID LEBLANC'S   (2008)

Money for Nothing -------------George Washington (supporting)

MARK TWAIN WILLIAMS'   (2007)

Bye-Bye Benny Heights --------------------- The Resident (Lead)

UNIVERSITY OF MS FILMMAKING WORKSHOP's  (2006)

Roses and Roads -------------------------------------- Colin  (Lead)

 

Plus many in addition to those listed

* Trailer of Film viewable on Youtube..com

 

Dialects

Scottish, Irish, English (classic, cockney, Liverpool), French,      German, Italian, Yiddish, Australian, Hispanic, Walken, All US regional Dialects (southern, New York, midwest, etc.)

 

 

 

Other Skills

Singing, Dancing, Dialects, French-Speaking,  I can snap my fingers off of any surface.

 

 

 

Contact New Orleans Music Lessons for acting lessons at n[email protected]  

 

 

See Ben in "Baytown Disco" AKA "Baytown Outlaws"

Warning: May have explicit language in trailer.

 

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