Benjamin Benne is a 2016-17 Playwrights' Center Many Voices Fellow. He is currently doing a one-year residency at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, MN. Ben was also a finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. He participated in a "Leda and the Swan" bake-off with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program. Ben was also a participant in the New York Theatre Intensives 2011 summer conservatory (in association with EST/NY) and in the 2013 NoPassport Playwriting Intensive with OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich. His trilogy of mortality-themed plays (Terra Incognita, What \ Washed Ashore / Astray, & at the very bottom of a body of water) each achieved semi-finalist status in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference in consecutive years (2014, 2015, & 2016 respectively). at the very bottom of a body of water was also a 2016 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and has received development support from Umbrella Project, a Seattle-based new play advocacy group. Terra Incognita had its world premiere (dir. Pilar O'Connell) at Annex Theatre (Summer 2016). Ben is the literary manager of Forward Flux Productions, a literary intern for Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an alum of the Seattle-based playwright group Parley. He is a theater artist of Guatemalan heritage and biracial identity, who was born and raised in Los Angeles County.