Ben Cookson
Actor, Singer, Dancer
Non Union
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
– Seneca, Roman Philosopher

Ben Cookson is a recent graduate of Sheridan Colleges Bachelor of Musical Theatre program, and is originally from London Ontario. Ben was raised in a family where singing was apart of the daily routine, his parents were always singing in the household and any other chance they had, and at the age of 10 he began his training with the St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra program. He was trained as a choral singer and as a cellist, and then he continued his choral training in the Vocal extension program at Catholic Central High School. Moreover, Ben was a member of the renowned Amabile Boys and Mens Ensemble for 10 years. At the age of 13, Ben began his professional career at the Grand Theatre as one of the 3 Geni in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Orchestra London.

Ben has participated in many community theatre productions, and honed his talents for 2 years in the Grand Theatre’s High School Project. Some highlights include playing Willard Hewitt in Footloose and starring as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady. These experiences sparked his desire to pursue theatre for the rest of his life.

Ben continued his training as a triple threat performer at Sheridan, and had the opportunity to be a part of Grand Hotel, Shrek: The Musical, Footloose, and most notably, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Bud Frump. Ben has also been involved with the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, performing alongside Ben Vereen in “What a Wonderful World”, and as a featured soloist in “Scotland Sings”

Aside from performing, Ben is a cook who has worked under Celebrity Chef Susur Lee. Ben has also been a competitive athlete and sports enthusiast his entire life. More special skills include trades with heavy machinery, various character voices, and partnering/complex lifts.