Rob Benson

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New York, NY 10010
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Creative writing & Theatre Studies:BA hnrs Performance & Media Arts
University of Derby Professional Acting: Post graduate Diploma, Drama Studio London

• Resident writer and director for Broadway Performing Arts Company. (2002-2005)
• ‘In the Tank’ at The Canal Café/London Bites, selected for best of London Bites (2005)
Borderline first performed at the Barons Court Theatre (2007). Other Borderline performances include: The Solo festival at the Lion and Unicorn (Commendation for best new writing), Pleasance Islington, Tobacco Factory Bristol
Edinburgh Festival, The Underbelly (2008)
New York International Fringe Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source (2009)
Jollity Farm commissioned by Myrtle Theatre Company, Tobacco Factory Bristol (2008)
Brave devised/ wrote scripts with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company (2009)
In Your Image selected for development at The Dialogue Competition at the Salisbury Playhouse. In development to be produced for ‘Script Factory’ at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath (2010)
In Your Image performed at 59E59 (Feb 2011), produced by On the Square Productions
Dead Shot Mary Bridge Theatre (Sep 2016) produced by R&R productions.

For WHEELS UP, a short screenplay

For DEAD SHOT MARY, a pilot

Dead Shot Mary

“The ebb and flow of Detective Shanley’s emotional crisis is well rendered in the imaginative script by Robert Benson, and commendably delivered in a very skilled performance by veteran actor Rachel McPhee. The theater is small and cramped, but this hardly distracts from a profoundly absorbing and stimulating experience. I highly recommend Dead Shot Mary, particularly for those capable of grappling with some of life’s harshest realities.


“While our modern society is often plagued by turbulence, Dead Shot Mary, provides a beacon of hope and represents an authentic and hard-working woman who not only cared about doing a good job but making a difference in the world. This play is an important reminder of the complexities of human nature and accepting the challenge to examine one’s character in a deeper way. At the end of our lives, that’s all we have – along with the stories that we’ve created along the way.”



“He talks non-stop throughout, and it’s beautiful, as he lapses in and out of fast-paced rhyming verse reminiscent of Mike Skinner at his best.”

–The List Edinburgh

“Benson does not condescend to his subject. He’s clearly more interested in consciousness-raising than didacticism or judgment. The narrator’s story of how his first shot at drug-dealing turns into a Robin-Hood-ish redistribution of joy is, for instance, downright charming—if queasily so. But, thanks to the perfectly erratic pace of this lean 50-minute monologue, and thanks to the bizarre, jangling rhymes hidden within Benson’s fluid writing, we never quite lose the sense of latent insanity, impending doom.”

–Village Voice

In Your Image

“Benson has written a taut and emotionally powerful script. As in real life, nothing is quite what it seems in this story, and Benson never gives away too much too soon. The pacing of important revelations is just right and the script is peppered with a wonderful humor, which comes out of Benson’s ability to give us real relationships; he paints a very nuanced portrait of these two brothers and their diverging memories, struggles, and connection to a father neither of them really knew.”


“What makes In Your Image so compelling and scarily real is the incredibly vivid dialogue. Benson, who also wrote the play, perfectly captures the way that siblings talk to each other.”

–Theatre is Easy

“Relationship dynamics feel authentic and richly textured. Among many beautifully wrought speeches, the highlight is one of the best (Irish) descriptions of what it’s like to be a drunk by the drunk, since Eugene O’Neil.”

–Woman About Town