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Ben Barker is a Chicago-based actor and singer. Originally from Massachusetts, he's had the theatre bug ever since taking the stage as Harold Hill in the 8th grade. He made his way to the Midwest after attending Northwestern University, where he studied Theatre and Political Science, and graduated cum laude. Ben is most passionate about Shakespeare, music theatre, new work, and all drama that lets the audience experience the power of empathy.

Ben recently enjoyed another season in beautiful Big Sky country. He played Sebastian in Twelfth Night with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks as part of their high school education tour, and before rehearsals got underway, he worked with the Children's Shakespeare Society in Bozeman helping co-direct their production of Richard III.

Up next, Ben plays Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Music Theater Works in Evanston, IL. Performances from June 9-17, www.musictheaterworks.com

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