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Benjamin Shaffer
San Diego, CA



Born: 1996
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 108
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Brown

Guys and Dolls

Bio: Benjamin is a professional member of the Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD) and The Equity Membership Candidate program (EMC). He studies voice with Roy Mote, and acting with Walker Clark. Having made his theatrical debut at the age of five, Benjamin has appeared in theatres throughout Southern California such as the Old Globe, Starlight Theatre, the Welk Resort Theatre, Performance Riverside, Diversionary Theatre, the Theatre Inc., San Diego Civic Theatre, The Star Theatre, and San Diego Junior Theatre (JT).

Benjamin made his prossional debut as Young Radames in Aida at Starlight Theatre. That winter, he originated the role of Harry in The Daddy Machine at Diversionary Theatre, and the Theatre of the World Festival Tour. The Daddy Machine is now performed by theatres throughout the country.

Other theatrical credits include Louis Leonowens in The King and I at the Welk Resort Theatre, Danny Who in the 11th year of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Tony Award-Winning Old Globe Theatre, as the Young Guido in Nine at Starlight Theatre, John Darling in Peter Pan at Performance Riverside, and Meneoceus in the World Premiere Translation of The Phoenican Women at The Theatre, Inc. Benjamin was also a part of the SD Pep Squad in the National Tour Production of High School Musical.

His film credits include Be Smart, Be Safe (PSA), and The Disney Cruise Line Guest Welcome Video. Recording credits include The Daddy Machine Original Soundtrack (Exum Studios), Seize the Day-Newsies (Scott Greggory Studios), and I Can't Stand Still-Footloose live recording on the radio. His print credits include featured photos for The Children's Museum.

In 2007, Benjamin competed in San Diego Megastar, sponsored by the Mother Goose Parade. Week after week, Benjamin impressed judges such as Jesse McCartney, Emily Osment, Efren Remirez, Greg Grunberg, and more with songs ranging from 70's music to showtunes.

Benjamin is 13 years old and considers the stage his home away from home. You can see him perform as Prince Chulalongkorn in The King and I at the Star Theatre in February.