Ben Shields

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Lawrence, Kansas, USA
5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Raised in Kansas City, graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, majoring in theatre. Ben got his start at age 11 understudying in "Oliver" at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. In high school, at Shawnee Mission North in Overland Park, Kansas, Ben appeared in such productions as "Amadeus", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "The Foreigner", "Man of La Mancha", "Peter Pan" (with Flying by Foy), and as Atticus in "To Kill a Mockingbird". His college productions included "Big River" directed by Jason Moore (dir., "Avenue Q", "Steel Magnolias", "Shrek The Musical"), "Sweeney Todd", "Saved", and "Waa-Mu". After college Ben trained at Chicago's Second City Training Center. He also trained under Uta Hagen at the Piven Workshop in Evanston. Chicago theatre productions include "Assassins" (Apple Tree Theatre) directed by Gary Griffin (dir., "The Color Purple"), the original cast of "now then again" (Bailiwick Repertory/Ivanhoe Theatre), and Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter" (rewritten by Ms. Wasserstein for Organic Theater Company). Other theatres include Shakespeare Repertory (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Royal George Theater, Next Theater, American Theater Company, and Prairie del' Arte/Victory Gardens. Los Angeles theatres include Odyssey Theatre, The Blank Theatre Company, City Garage, Open Fist Theatre Company, Knightsbridge and 2100 Square Feet. Ben has guest starred on "Wicked Wicked Games", recurred on "Jericho", and appeared on "Inside Schwartz", "The Unit", "Eli Stone" and "House M.D."Ben has won two "Best Production" Chicago Jeff Awards and an LA Weekly Award.
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