About Me

Ben Free (they/them) is a New York-based freelance lighting designer, programmer, and electrician, originally from eastern Connecticut. Ben has designed theatrical works, dance, and live events, and has experience as a production/head electrician across theatre, opera, and live events.

Ben’s design credits include Orestes (Purchase Repertory Theatre), and several dance projects for the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase. They’ve also previously worked at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as Assistant Head Electrician and ALD for PSF’s production of Fences.

Ben graduated this spring from Purchase College, SUNY, with a BFA in Lighting Design.


Full resume and references available upon request.

Lighting Design
NWSoD 2023Northern Westchester School of DanceDir: Lynda Griffin2023
Arcana (Camille)Conservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Camille Phelps2023
WroughtConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Netta Yerushalmy2023
M is for MeConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Charlotte Aucella2023
Infinite Realities and the Ones We KnowConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Angelina Laguna2023
OrestesPurchase Repertory TheatreDir: Raz Golden2023
E-MORTALITYConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Daiane Lopes da Silva2023
ABIDANCEConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Sophie Ortiz2023
The NutcrackerAllegra Dance GreenwichDir: Allison Otto-Walsh2022
A Sentiment From MeConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Anna Nitardy2022
Crystal ClearPurchase Playwriting/ScreenwritingDir: Calista Janicki2022
a wake barely rememberedConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Kayla Farrish
Chor: Chelen Middlebrook
Hidden Alchemy – ChelenConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeChor: Chelen Middlebrook2022
Project JourneyPurchase BA Theatre/PerformanceDir: Tristan Griffin2022
Frame(D)Purchase BA Theatre/PerformanceDir: Leah Bickley2021
Frozen Jr.Tolland Youth Services Community TheatreDir: Danielle Jones2019
Seussical the MusicalTolland Youth Services Community TheatreDir: Danielle Jones2018
Assistant Lighting Design
FencesPennsylvania Shakespeare FestivalLD: Aja M. Jackson2022
A Walrus in the Body of a CrocodileConservatory of Theatre Arts, Purchase CollegeLD: DJ Fralin2021
Play – Mary and LuizaConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeLD: Nicole Sliwinski2021
As̬ РElianaConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeLD: Nicole Sliwinski2021
Fleeting TouchConservatory of Dance, Purchase CollegeLD: Nicole Sliwinski2021
A Little WomanPurchase Playwriting/ScreenwritingLD: Nicole Sliwinski2019
Sound DesignerFefu and Her FriendsCons. of Theatre Arts, Purchase CollegeDir: Rachel Dickstein2022
Make It PlayCons. of Theatre Arts, Purchase CollegeDir: Jack Tamburri2022
Asst. Sound Des.We are Proud to Present…Cons. of Theatre Arts, Purchase CollegeSD: Meredith Young2022
Asst. Head Elec.PSF 2022 SeasonPennsylvania Shakespeare FestivalPM: Joshua Rose2022
Prod. ElectricianDialogues of the CarmelitesConservatory of Music, Purchase CollegeLD: Nicole Sliwinski2021
ProgrammerMisanthrope/The Colored MuseumPurchase Repertory TheatreLD: Nickolas Lambert2021
Proficient with Vectorworks 2023 (2D and 3D), Lightwright 6, ETC EOS programming, Microsoft Office, Windows, and music reading.
Intermediate knowledge of Adobe CS, Qlab, AutoCAD 2020 (2D), networking, Mac OS/Linux, soldering.
Basic knowledge of grandMA3, Dante, carpentry, stitching, painting and props.
Mobile Elevated Work Platforms certified (NSS). Valid Connecticut Class D driver’s license, COVID vaccinated (including boosters).