Ben Gorodetsky is a theatre maker, writer and producer based in Waterloo, ON. His political comedy duo Folk Lordz have toured internationally with their live improv show, released a 15 sketch digital series, and been featured on VICE for their activism and comedy. Ben’s plays and performance work has been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, The Tank NYC, Brian Webb Dance Company, Expanse Festival of Movement Arts, Living Things Festival, Rubaboo Festival, SpringWorks, and the Gas Station Arts Centre. He performed with Rapid Fire Theatre from 2010-2017 and served as the company’s Associate Artistic Director.
He has performed, taught, and directed improvisation in Atlanta, Detroit, Austin, Philadelphia, NYC, LA, Reunion Island, Vienna, Ljubljana, Montreal, Toronto, Yellowknife, Calgary, and Vancouver. He is the creator and former host of experimental variety show Dirt Buffet Cabaret. Ben’s comedy writing has appeared in satire news outlet The Beaverton. Ben is the winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts (Edmonton) and a nominee for a Canadian Comedy Award in Improv. In 2020 he taught at UBC Okanagan as a visiting lecturer in Performance Studies. Ben holds a BFA from the University of Alberta and an MFA from Brooklyn College-CUNY.
The first Bonfire festival was a creative dream and a righteous riot! I had the pleasure of playing in a very out there show called “3-Trio” that combined jazz musicians, live painting, and improv. I still get chills thinking about the explosive power of that show, and that festival and that amazing, creative RFT community.