Ben Burris

Ben Burris

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Founding Member, Assistant Artistic Director

In college Ben was a part of Mock Turtle Soup, Clemson University’s improv troupe, from 2007 to 2011. For two of those years he was second then first in command, leading workshops and directing monthly improv shows as well as an annual sketch show. College is also where Ben first tried stand-up and worked on the short-lived Rapscallion humor quarterly. After graduating, Ben moved to Greenville and teamed up with Harrison, Jason U., and Meg to form Alchemy. As the theater has grown he has stepped up to perform several times a week, coach a few teams, and even teach several of the improv levels (primarily 101, 201, and 501). As an electrical engineer he’s recently taken a job in Alaska travelling two weeks out of every month to provide more time with his wife in preparation for a move to London in the Fall of 2014.

With Mock Turtle Soup and Alchemy, Ben has taken workshops with instructors from around North America including the Annoyance, iO, Second City, Relapse, BATS, Impatient Theater Company, JaCKPie, Magnet, UCB, and DSI Comedy Theaters. He’s also taken workshops in sketch, improv, and storytelling with Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall, Jimmy Carrane from Improv Nerd, and Kevin Allison from The State. He’s recently performed in All-Star shows with performers from around the east coast including Richmond, Toronto, Boston, and New York (UCB, Airwolf). Ben can be seen every week in Local Legends and occasionally in other teams like Slimprov and Bens with Frienefits, performing stand-up around Greenville, and in his occasional brushes with film and video projects.