Benjamin Fainstein

Benjamin Fainstein

Benjamin is a theatre maker based in Portland, Oregon, where he serves as the literary manager for Portland Center Stage at The Armory and JAW: A Playwrights Festival. He's developed new plays for PCS with writers Lauren Yee, Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Dan O'Brien, and he's currently directing a commissioned immersive devised performance made in collaboration with an ensemble of Portland artists....
Benjamin is a theatre maker based in Portland, Oregon, where he serves as the literary manager for Portland Center Stage at The Armory and JAW: A Playwrights Festival. He's developed new plays for PCS with writers Lauren Yee, Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Dan O'Brien, and he's currently directing a commissioned immersive devised performance made in collaboration with an ensemble of Portland artists.

Ben was a 2018 Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow and workshopped a new play at their Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Other plays include Carnival/Invisible, Prototype 373-G, and Iphigenia Among the Stars (co-created with Jack Tamburri).

Previous producing and arts admin positions include Artistic Coordinator & Literary Associate, Yale Repertory Theatre; Founding Artistic Co-Director, Whistler in the Dark Theatre; Associate Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret; Managing Editor, Theatre Magazine. He is an alumnus of Middlebury College and Yale School of Drama.

Plays

  • Carnival/Invisible
    A lively riff on traveling tent shows, Chautauquas, and variety circus entertainments. CARNIVAL/INVISIBLE ushers in a ragtag troupe of Americana-prone performers to your town, along with their charismatic leadership, who may or may not have a more sinister agenda underfoot. Benjamin encourages all producing teams to devise/compose a physical and sonic life for the piece that best fits their ensemble and to...
    A lively riff on traveling tent shows, Chautauquas, and variety circus entertainments. CARNIVAL/INVISIBLE ushers in a ragtag troupe of Americana-prone performers to your town, along with their charismatic leadership, who may or may not have a more sinister agenda underfoot. Benjamin encourages all producing teams to devise/compose a physical and sonic life for the piece that best fits their ensemble and to collaborate with him on tailoring sequences for each new space and iteration of this theatrical event.

Recommended by Benjamin Fainstein

  • Hiccups
    17 Aug. 2018
    I've had the pleasure of seeing Ben Rosenblatt read/perform this piece in an informal, no-tech setting, and even without design elements or a full audience, it sang. The text carves out theatrical territory living somewhere between intimate autobiography and a zoomed-out perspective providing informative and tender glimpses at the struggles and successes of people living with OCD. Rosenblatt presents heady clinical material in a wonderfully human way, and his play offers exciting opportunities to enact direct audience engagement, open dialogues about mental healthcare, and spend time in brains that may operate differently than our own--pure and personal theatre-making.