Ben Spatz is Artistic Director of Urban Research Theater, a performance company based in New York City and dedicated to developing original interdisciplinary works at the intersection of song, movement, and poetry. His solo performance RITE OF THE BUTCHER premiered at the United Solo Festival in 2011 and will be shown with a new layer of video projection art at the Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium in 2013. With Massimiliano Balduzzi, Spatz created and performed in PLAYWAR (Abrons Arts Center, 2012) and THEATRICALE: A TRAGEDY (Lincoln Center Atrium and The Living Theater, 2011). Spatz’ current project is TALES OF THE HASIDIM, an iconoclastic, steamdddeepunk encounter with traditional Jewish materials, including songs in Hebrew and Yiddish and the folk tales of Martin Buber.
From 2003 to 2005, Spatz lived and worked with the Gardzienice Theatre Company of Poland, touring and performing in the works ELEKTRA and METAMORFOZY. The following year, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw. Spatz has led classes and workshops at CAVE, Genesis Project, Eden’s Expressway, Earthdance, Yale University, and Long Island University. He currently teaches acting, theatre, and performance at multiple campuses of the City University of New York, where he is also an advanced doctoral candidate writing on actor training, physical culture, gender, and the epistemology of embodiment. Spatz has been published in both academic and artistic journals. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research (2010-2012) and is a current studio resident artist at CAVE-LEIMAY.
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