Ben has a rich background in professional theatre and the construction industry, with frequent excursions into other fields such as web development, embedded electronics, and photography. He’s spent over 15 years in the entertainment industry and has consulted with Disney Creative Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, Paramount Theme Parks and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Ben was Assistant Technical Director at the California Shakespeare Theatre in 2004 and 2005 and has designed lighting for Ray of Light Theatre in San Francisco and Starlight Productions in Pittsburgh.
In 2006, Ben began learning embedded electronics, creating several camera controllers, electrical test equipment for theatre consultants, and a collaborative project with artist An Xiao creating a 26-year long count digital clock with a radio time interface. He began exploring the possibilities of embedded electronics for theatre use in early 2011, and Trinculo’s Attic was founded in the summer of 2011. Since then, Ben has taught workshops in the basics of electronics for theatre, consulted on the creation of electronically-enhanced props for professional theatre productions, and developed custom control systems for dozens of projects, from public art installations to product launches to sporting events.