Ben Zylman's Bio : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Ben Zylman

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Ben has over 35 years of experience and over 100 productions to his credit. His Civic directorial credits include Crazy for You, Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Gala Reunion Concert, The Sound of Music, Gypsy, Mame, Oklahoma! and the award-winning Forever Plaid. Additionally, Ben has directed The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Peter Vs. the Wolf for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and The United Teens Talent Show for The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Named Actor of the Year by the Kalamazoo Gazette for his performance in The Nerd, Ben also received the Excellence in Acting Award from the American Association of Community Theatre for his work in The Boys Next Door. Ben was presented with our Excellence in Performance Award and People's Choice Award for his portrayal of Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone and our Excellence in Performance Award for Applegate in Damn Yankees. In 2013 Ben received CTAM's Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award for his work in The Imaginary Invalid. His extensive list of performance credits includes The Sunshine Boys, The Odd Couple, Greater Tuna, Lost in Yonkers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, and Doubt. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Ben has been presented with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo s Community Medal of Arts Award (2005) and our Larkin H. Noble Award (2015).