Benjamin Gonazles (he/him) is a theatre generalist with experience in Lighting Design, Set Design, Sound Design, Technical Direction, Production Management, Direction, as well as Playwriting. He specializes in writing verbatim plays that highlight the stories of students who have in some way been marginalized. He also writes scenes and short plays for his students to use for contemporary scene work. He is currently a Lighting Design and Theatre Technology Instructor at the University of Central Missouri. He is a former Associate Clinical Professor who taught Theatre at Washington State University. Benjamin recently earned an MFA in Theatre Arts (focused on Dramatic Writing) from the University of Idaho. He also has a Master in Teaching and a BA in Theatre Arts and Drama.
Benjamin serves as the National Vice-Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's (KCACTF) National Playwriting Program (NPP) and has previously served as the inaugural Representation, Equity, and Diversity (RED) Coordinator for the National KCACTF Committee.
Plays written by Benjamin are as follows: Seeing the Obvious (1998), Roadblock (2002), It Starts Now (2012), The Performance Project ’13 (2013), Las Memorias ’13 (2013), A Bus Stop Home (2013), Turnabout is a Fair Play (2013), The Performance Project ’14 (2014), Gigglemug (2014), The Performance Project ’15 (2015), Las Memorias ’15 (2015), Las Memorias ’16 (2016), The Valley (2016) The Lion and Lamb (2016), Las Memorias '17 (2017), Memoria de Oaxaca (2017), Up Chimacum Creek (2018), VOUCHer (2018), The Good Soldier (2018), Sour Mash (2019), and Aristophanes v. Euripides: Dawn of Poetic Justice (2020).