Assistant Professor, School of Theater Vocal Coordinator, Musical Theater
MM, Indiana University BM, Baldwin Wallace University
School of Theater
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Benjamin Czarnota is a Level III Certified Teacher of Somatic VoiceWork™ - The LoVetri Method and particularly interested in working with singing actors to cultivate an understanding of and relationship to their instrument that will enable them to perform successfully across the widest breadth of musical styles desired and with access to the full extent of dramatic choices healthily possible. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of the Arts, he was a member of the voice faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music for over a decade. During this time, he has seen students go on to perform in leading roles on Broadway in the casts of AMERICAN PSYCHO, ANASTASIA, GODSPELL, HANDS ON A HARD BODY, KINKY BOOTS, LES MISÉRABLES, and ONCE. In his private studio, he has worked with everyone from a Tony award-winning singing actress to a speaking actor in a one-person play portraying dozens of uniquely voiced characters across the full spectrum of gender, age, and origin.
Benjamin originated the role of Mr. Webb in the world premiere of Ned Rorem's operatic setting of the iconic Thornton Wilder play OUR TOWN. Other notable roles include Stanley Kowalski in Previn’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Schaunard in LA BOHÉME, and Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, as well as roles with companies such as Wichita Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Opera Theater, Opera Circle Cleveland, The Janiec Opera Company, and the Indiana University Opera Theater. He has also appeared as baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel's Messiah in appearances with the Traverse Symphony and the BlueWater Chamber Orchestras. Music theater roles include the title role in SWEENEY TODD, Marcus Lycus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, the Father in CHILDREN OF EDEN, and Emile de Beque in SOUTH PACIFIC, a production with the Akron Symphony Orchestra at EJ Thomas Hall. He also served for two seasons as the official national anthem singer of the Cleveland Browns, performing at all home games.