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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Cir.
Manhattan, KS 66506


Ben Stark

Associate ProfessorBen Stark
Managing and Technical Director

107 Nichols Hall


M.F.A., Yale University, Technical Design and Production; ETCP Certified Rigger-Theatre; B.A.,  The University of Iowa, Theatre and English.

Courses taught

Drama Participation, Fundamentals of Technical Production, Advanced Technical Production, Technical Direction and Design, AutoCAD for Theatre, Advanced AutoCAD.

Job description

As Technical Director, Ben coordinates production activities with all departments to physically realize the productions. In addition, he prepares scenic budgets, drafts technical drawings, as well as manages labor.  

As Managing Director, Ben oversees the creation and dissemination of promotional materials and programs, performance rights, and contracts.


Ben has been a part of numerous theatrical projects while pursuing his degrees, as well as working at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester, VA, and Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, VA,  Project Manager for Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc. outside of Boston, MA, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Favorite quote

"I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand" – Chinese Proverb