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Heather Benton

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

BFA, University of Southern California
BA, University of Minnesota
MFA, Harvard University
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Heather Benton is the Program Coordinator for the B.F.A. Acting Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University. She specializes multi-technique approaches to acting/ movement and teaches several courses in Movement and Acting within the BFA Acting curriculum including Stanislavski, Practical Aesthetics & Viewpoints.
Benton frequently directs for the department season often creating original devised theatre with MSU students and faculty through various courses and special projects in the department.

Main Stage Directing credits at MSU: *Upcoming: MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjmi, Memorial Auditorium (2024), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Simon Stephens, Memorial Auditorium (2022), WEDDING BAND by Alice Childress, Alexander Kasser Theatre (2018); IPHIGENIA AT AULIS by Euripides, Alexander Kasser Theatre (2016); WINTERTIME by Chuck Mee, L. Howard Fox Theatre (2014).

Senior Capstone Projects & Devised Theatre at MSU: PROJECT TWILIGHT ZONE, adapted episodes from the original "Twilight Zone" TV series and original material(2022); RIDERS ON THE STORM, devised with original text & text from SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl (2020); YERMA by Simon Stone, adapted from Frederick Lorca’s play (2019); TEN X SHANLEY, devised with scenes from plays by John Patrick Shanley (2018);SENTIENCE, SEX, LOVE AND INFORMATION, devised with original text and text from LOVE & INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill (2017); POLAROID STORIES by Naomi Iizuka (2016).

International Collaborations: IDENTITY, bi-lingual devised, co-created with MSU Professor Debbie Saivetzin collaboration with TAI Madrid (Madrid, Spain); EL ENCUENTRO, bi-lingual devised, co-created with MSU Professor Debbie Saivetz and Universidad Mayor (Santiago, Chile) professors, Leonor Lopehandia & Gabriel Diaz of the Universidad Mayor (2017-2018).

Acting & Movement Coaching/ Choreography credits at MSU: TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill, MAD FOREST by Caryl Churchill, TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare, PUNK ROCK by Simon Stephens, THE DRUNKEN CITY by Adam Bock, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE adapted by Simon Reade from the novel by Jane Austen, THE PERSIANS by Aeschylus, THE WINTER'S TALE by William Shakespeare, CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno, THE BIG MEAl by Frank LeBlanc, EQUUS by Peter Schaffer, CLOUD NINE by Caryl Churchill, ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, PENANCE: GHOST OF DON JUAN by Molly Rice, GRAPES OF WRATH adapted from John Steinbeck’s novel by Frank Galati, 1001 by Jason Grote, ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard.


Professor Benton specializes in a multi-approach technique to acting training and physical and devised theatre. Acting specializations include Stanislavski, Practical Aesthetics and Viewpoints training. Movement specializations include Yoga, Pilates, Droznin Body Work, Grotowski and Suzuki training.


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