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Heather Benton

Acting Coordinator BFA and Assistant Professor

Montclair State University

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Montclair State University

One Normal Avenue

Montclair, New Jersey 07043

United States

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Montclair State University is the New Jersey university that provides the ideal combination of a suburban campus environment with the advantages of New York City-giving talented and ambitious students unparalleled access to excellent academic programs. Th ... more

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Head of Movement Department, Director, Acting Styles and Movement Instructor

American Academy of Dramatic Arts


Rutgers University


Company Member
East River Commedia

Company Member
Inertia Theatre Company



Theatre/ English

University of Minnesota


Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard


Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University

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HEATHER BENTON Heather Benton is an actor/writer, choreographer, and director with a focus on physically vigorous composition. She has created original work for the undergroundzero festival and New York Fringe as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Company, Kenyon College and Montclair State University. Heather is a company member of East River Commedia ( Automotive, Serenade and Philosopher Fox, The Magnificent Cuckold), a frequent collaborator with Theatre Trouve (Living With Betty, Half Awake and Falling Through the Sky), and playwright Molly Rice (Blood of: Brothers and Sisters, Penance: Ghost of Don Juan, Dark Matter).

Heather is currently serving as the program coordinator of the BFA Acting Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, where she teaches and directs. She is also co-head of their New Works Initiative that commissions artist(s)-in-residence annually to create original work.
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Heather Benton Head of Movement of Dept. Core Faculty

In New York, Heather has worked on several productions with East River Commedia and Theatre Trouve, Movement direction / period work / choreography includes productions at The Academy ( Cloud Nine, Learned Ladies, The Great Magoo, Quilters, etc.) as well as Montclair State University (Penance: Ghost of Don Juan, Stage Door, Grapes of Wrath, 1001, Arcadia) where she is also on adjunct faculty as a movement instructor.

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Heather Benton

As a professional Equity actress Heather has toured internationally with the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University ( Phaedra 4.48 dir. by Robert Woodruff/ Mercedes Murphy, Rhinoceros, dir. by Roman Kozak) and nationally with Montana Repertory Theatre (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Trip To Bountiful - dir.
In New York, Heather is a company member of the award winning Brooklyn based company East River Commedia as both an actor and movement specialist. (Innovative Theatre Awards: Best Play, Best Director in 2005 for Serenade and Philosopher Fox, movement specialist for Magnificent Cuckold, dir.
As a playwright, Heather also works closely with Theatre Trouve in New York, artistic director Mercedes Murphy.
This collaboration continues with an original play, Half Awake and Falling through the Sky, written by Mercedes Murphy and Heather Benton, which received it's first reading this summer also as part of UGZ at PS 122.
Heather also teaches playwriting with children at the JCC Metrowest's Triple Threat Theatre Camp. Original plays with pre-existing music include (Lost... At Turtleback, Ghost Light, Camp Star, Sleepover Story, The House On the Hill, and Detention Day).
As a movement instructor/ specialist/ choreographer, in addition to numerous productions at The Academy ( Emma, Ring Round the Moon, Trojan Women, Cloud Nine, Les Liason Dangereux,The Great Magoo, Stage Door etc...), Heather has also worked with Montclair State University (Arcadia, 1001), Kenyon College (Blood: Brother and Sisters), University of Montana's: The Colony, Rutgers University Summer Conservatory for High School Students, and East River Commedia's training program, The Flying Sandbox.

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Assistant Coach: Heather Benton

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