Benjamin Levesque is an actor, puppeteer and puppet builder specializing in Muppet-style and digital puppetry, based in Hershey, PA.
Currently he works at Hershey's Chocolate World as a Digital Puppeteer for their permanent 4D attraction. This unique blend of live digital puppetry with a story driven animated film is the first show of its kind.
A multi-talented performer, Ben has worked as a touring puppeteer for three professional puppet companies over the last five years, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Puppetry and Theatre for Youth from West Virginia University.
Ben has built and designed puppets for two professional puppet companies as well as for many productions for West Virginia University such as The Ice wolf, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Poe.
A member of UNIMA and the Puppeteers of America, Ben's training stretches all types of puppetry performance. He has attended and even guest lectured workshops at the Puppeteers of America national puppetry conference and has been fortunate enough to have taken master classes with such distinguished performers as Michael Earl and Kevin Clash.
As an educator, Ben has taught puppetry workshops in schools and day cares, including a twelve week puppetry intensive course for the Alban Arts and Conference Center. He has also taught theater, puppetry, storytelling, and improv for children of all ages at such locations as the WVU Community Art Program, Camp Lohikan in Lake Como, Pa, and Tiny Tot Day Care in Assonet, Ma.
Ben is available for commercial, theatrical, and building projects, as well as acting, writing, and teaching.
Feel free to contact him anytime.