Benjamin Tomchik

Benjamin Tomchik

Ben is an avid theatergoer who has seen more than 350 musicals and plays.  Some of his most memorable theatrical experiences include: accidentally insulting Andrew Lloyd Webber at a performance of Love Never Dies, attending the last Broadway performance of Elaine Stritch at Liberty and watching George Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers from the Presidential Box at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Ben works for a Washington, D.C.-based real estate company, and previously served in The White House.  Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and a Master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University.  

 




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BWW Interview: A Return 30 Years in the Making - KLEPTOCRACY's Candy BuckleyBWW Interview: A Return 30 Years in the Making - KLEPTOCRACY's Candy Buckley
Posted: Jan. 13, 2019


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BWW Interview: Matthew Gardiner Helps Two Billys Take Flight in Signature's BILLY ELLIOTBWW Interview: Matthew Gardiner Helps Two Billys Take Flight in Signature's BILLY ELLIOT
Posted: Oct. 19, 2018


BWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLOBWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLO
Posted: Mar. 6, 2018


BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's Sleek and Modern HAMLETBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's Sleek and Modern HAMLET
Posted: Jan. 25, 2018


BWW Review: Signature's Complex and Layered PASSIONBWW Review: Signature's Complex and Layered PASSION
Posted: Aug. 25, 2018


BWW Interview: Ben Cherry's Journey From Broadway to DC with Arena's INDECENTBWW Interview: Ben Cherry's Journey From Broadway to DC with Arena's INDECENT
Posted: Nov. 20, 2018


BWW Interview: A Return 30 Years in the Making - KLEPTOCRACY's Candy BuckleyBWW Interview: A Return 30 Years in the Making - KLEPTOCRACY's Candy Buckley
January 13, 2019

For Buckley, Arena's production will not only mark Kleptocracy's world premiere, but the chance to return to, "One of the most prestigious repertory theaters in America."

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES Celebrates CommunityBWW Review: Kennedy Center's BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES Celebrates Community
November 30, 2018

After a divisive election, and with a government shutdown looming next week, it's hard to think about what unites us. That is why Barber Shop Chronicles at the Kennedy Center could not be timelier.

BWW Interview: Ben Cherry's Journey From Broadway to DC with Arena's INDECENTBWW Interview: Ben Cherry's Journey From Broadway to DC with Arena's INDECENT
November 20, 2018

Every role takes an actor on a journey. For Ben Cherry, the role of Lemml in Paula Vogel's play Indecent has taken him from Broadway to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre and, starting this week, to Washington's very-own Arena Stage.

BWW Interview: Parker Esse Makes Sure Arena's ANYTHING GOES is De-Lovely!BWW Interview: Parker Esse Makes Sure Arena's ANYTHING GOES is De-Lovely!
October 25, 2018

Choreographer Parker Esse is responsible for not only ensuring that happens, but also for making sure that the moves of the characters onboard the S.S. American are not only de-lovely, but the tops!

BWW Interview: Matthew Gardiner Helps Two Billys Take Flight in Signature's BILLY ELLIOTBWW Interview: Matthew Gardiner Helps Two Billys Take Flight in Signature's BILLY ELLIOT
October 19, 2018

Audiences familiar with Signature Theatre know that it is not uncommon for Matthew Gardiner to wear dual hats as both a musical's director and choreographer. However, having dual actors tackle the lead role brings its own set of unique challenges.

BWW Interview: Bedlam Comes to DC and the Folger with MACBETHBWW Interview: Bedlam Comes to DC and the Folger with MACBETH
September 7, 2018

The Folger Macbeth has been adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant and is being done in a Restoration style. So what does that mean?

BWW Review: Signature's Complex and Layered PASSIONBWW Review: Signature's Complex and Layered PASSION
August 25, 2018

Signature's production celebrates the complexities of love with a production filled with a career-defining performance by leading lady Natascia Diaz and the type of mature, sleek, and sexy direction rarely seen in Washington.

BWW Review: Theater J's Explores Identity and Religion with TRAYFBWW Review: Theater J's Explores Identity and Religion with TRAYF
June 7, 2018

At Trayf's core is the search for two universal desires, purpose and identity, and the play does not require one to be overly religious or familiar with Orthodox Judaism to enjoy it.

BWW Review: Folger's Intimate and Informal SAINT JOANBWW Review: Folger's Intimate and Informal SAINT JOAN
May 18, 2018

Watching Saint Joan, something seems missing in Bedlam's informal and intimate production. Maybe it is the grandeur of Europe's royal and religious court or the dazzling array of characters being brought vividly to life. Whatever it is, this production seems under produced, and that, when involving the great George Bernard Shaw is a cardinal sin.

BWW Interview: Michael Feinstein Brings the Great American Songbook to StrathmoreBWW Interview: Michael Feinstein Brings the Great American Songbook to Strathmore
May 10, 2018

Many only get to experience Feinstein through his recordings, PBS specials and the NPR show Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. However, this Saturday capital-area music and theatre aficionados will have the opportunity see him perform at the Strathmore Annual Spring Gala.

BWW Review: Theater J's ROZ AND RAY is in Critical ConditionBWW Review: Theater J's ROZ AND RAY is in Critical Condition
April 12, 2018

There is a great drama in Roz and Ray, but only if the focus is less on Roz and Ray and more about what brought them together, healthcare.

BWW Review: Folger's Beautifully Poignant THE WINTER'S TALEBWW Review: Folger's Beautifully Poignant THE WINTER'S TALE
March 21, 2018

Rather than simply characterized as a comedy or tragedy, this Winter's Tale is a poignant tale about forgiveness, the passage of time and folly of old men.

BWW Interview: 29 and Counting at Arena for TWO TRAINS RUNNING's David Emerson ToneyBWW Interview: 29 and Counting at Arena for TWO TRAINS RUNNING's David Emerson Toney
March 20, 2018

It is not uncommon for actors to have multiple credits at the same theatre. However, to say that David Emerson Toney has appeared at Arena Stage several times would be a bit of an understatement.

BWW Review: Keegan Theatre Gives Them the Old Razzle Dazzle in CHICAGOBWW Review: Keegan Theatre Gives Them the Old Razzle Dazzle in CHICAGO
March 16, 2018

So "start the car, I know a whoopee spot. Where the gin is cold, but the piano's hot," and it is Keegan Theatre.

BWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLOBWW Review: WNO's Passionate DON CARLO
March 6, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi's epic opera is being staged for the first time in two decades at WNO and features a sterling cast in a grand production.

BWW Review: The Lady Has Her Day at Creative Cauldron's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILLBWW Review: The Lady Has Her Day at Creative Cauldron's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
February 12, 2018

It is wrong to keep a lady waiting, and in this case, a mistake to miss her altogether.

BWW Review: Ford's Theatre's JEFFERSON'S GARDEN Offers a Cursory Glance at an American ConundrumBWW Review: Ford's Theatre's JEFFERSON'S GARDEN Offers a Cursory Glance at an American Conundrum
January 26, 2018

As a nation, we owe it to ourselves to ponder how men who advocated for liberty could also advocate for slavery. It is a question for serious discussion, not just the cursory glances provided by Jefferson's Garden.

BWW Interviews: The Past is Prologue in Arena's THE GREAT SOCIETYBWW Interviews: The Past is Prologue in Arena's THE GREAT SOCIETY
January 25, 2018

In The Great Society, we follow Johnson as he seeks to pass his landmark legislative anti-poverty programs, the Great Society, while struggling to deal with a military quagmire in Vietnam and domestic strife over ongoing civil rights issues.

BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's Sleek and Modern HAMLETBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's Sleek and Modern HAMLET
January 25, 2018

Led by the sensational Michael Urie, Director Michael Kahn has given us a Hamlet for our times.

BWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on StageBWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on Stage
January 10, 2018

When Mary Kathryn Nagle's play Sovereignty begins performances at Arena Stage later this week, they'll hear something rarer than an original musical and of immense importance to America's history and story the Cherokee Language.



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