Broken Mirror Studio
Benjamin is the founder and head teacher of Broken Mirror Studio. A trauma-informed, consent centered, pay-what-you-decide acting studio located in South Philly. Broken Mirror strives to provide the Philadelphia area with an artistic sanctuary dedicated to the continued development of craft, the exploration of ideas, and the building of community. Part acting studio, part creative lab, Broken Mirror Studio supports actors and artists realign with the joy of having an artistic practice while providing a safe and inclusive environment to discuss and explore new ideas. Simply put, "we help artists grow"
If you'd like to know more about Broken Mirror Studio you can visit their website here, or read their write up in Philadelphia Neighborhood here!
Mask and Movement
Benjamin is a practitioner and teacher of the Brahe Mask Method. Heavily influenced by Mikhael Chekhov the Brahe Mask Method utilizes tools such as psychological gesture, dance, clown nose, atmosphere, and improvised mask exploration to expand and explore the actor's psyche. The masks we work with are considered sacred and are each hand carved by a Balinese Priest in Mas, Bali. This highly physical and personal work gives the actor multiple opportunities to confront, and without judgement, explore aspects of their own humanity. The benefit of this work is the ability to explore, investigate, and expand upon the profound array of hidden archetypes, behaviors, sounds, movements, and rich well of emotions that are specifically and completely unique to the actor. This non performance driven exploratory work is tremendous for healing, expansion, working through blocks, and keeping the physical and emotional instrument sharp and present.
While pursuing my B.F.A. at SUNY Purchase I originally studied and fell in love with this method through my professor Akil Davis. I was struggling to relate to Strassberg's technique in acting class. Learning from Akil and experiencing the mask work opened up so many avenues of personal exploration and growth for me. It completely shifted my understanding of myself as an artist and how I would approach life's challenges. Eventually I ended up studying in Bali directly under the originator of the work, Per Brahe, where I was given his blessing to begin my own adventure of teaching and sharing this fabulous methodology.
Per runs an incredible and life changing intensive each summer in Bali, Indonesia that I would highly recommend to anyone whose interested in this work and personal growth to attend.
If you would like to know more or are interested in participating in a workshop or studying in Bali please reach out on my "Contact Me" page!