We’re continuing our series in which we interview our teachers and staff to learn more about them and get their insights into the world of performance. This week’s interview is with Benjamin Wood, who was the Assistant Musical Director for “Peter Pan” this past summer.
How long have you been working with PAA?
BW: This will be my second summer with PAA
How many years have you been working in the performing arts?
BW: I have been a professional performer and music director for over 4 years.
What is your performance background?
BW: As a music director, I have worked with the Aurora Fox, Wolf Theatre Academy, Denver Children’s Theatre, Littleton Town Hall, BDT Stage, and Inspire Creative. As a music theatre actor I have performed at the Arvada Center, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Creede Repertory Theatre, and Denver Children’s Theatre. As an opera singer I have sung roles with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Boulder Opera, Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and Loveland Opera Theatre. I earned a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.
What is your favorite role or production you’ve been involved in?
BW: My favorite role was going on as the understudy for Lancelot in the musical Camelot. I got to wear a full suit of armor and sword fight while singing a solo!
What is your top piece of advice for aspiring performers?
BW: Have patience. Things that are truly worthwhile never come quickly or easily.
What do you think makes PAA special or unique?
BW: PAA is much more comprehensive in developing well-rounded musicians and performers—not simply training an actor to perform one specific role for one specific production.
Check out this fun video of Mr. Ben singing opera for his students at the end of their music theory class last summer: