Composer, Playwright, Writer, Musician
Benjamin Emory Larson is a multi-disciplinarian in music, theater, and film. Nationally, he has composed commercial film scores for The International Justice Mission, World Relief, and The Justice Conference. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (emphasis in playwriting) from Portland State University. His work has been nominated for three Portland Area Musical Theater Awards and performed by Nautilus Music-Theater, Kitsap Fringe Opera, Opera Bend, Rosetown Playhouse, Cascades Theatrical Company, The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, Phoenix Theater, and 2nd Street Theater.
In 2010, he was offered a scholarship to NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, but chose to stay in his hometown in Oregon, where he worked as a commercial film composer, writer, performer, choir director, and theater and church musician for seven years. In 2017, he relocated to the Twin Cities to pursue a full time career as a composer and songwriter for the stage and film.
He has worked on numerous operas and musicals throughout Oregon and Minnesota as a pianist/music director (Rent, Avenue Q, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), pit musician (A Chorus Line, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Spamalot), and performer (Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Doctors in Next to Normal, Dick in Dames at Sea, Tesman in Hedda Gabler).
In 2018, he was invited to audition for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Us Against Us, a punk rock musical he is writing with Katherine Glover, was a semifinalist for the 2019 National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
He is always composing, always telling stories, always loving his beautiful wife Erika, their fur babies Leo and Zelda, and the beautiful Twin Cities they call home.