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Updated 1/1/2019

Technical Direction

Ben is the full-time technical director and instructor of technical theatre at Santa Barbara City College. He has preseded as the technical director for over 62 productions since 2007 for both regional theatre and the educational sector. In addition to theatre, Ben has worked in the concert industry having been a light director and sound operator for such artists as Alice Cooper, Poison, Leanne Rimes, Wynona Judd, and Air Supply. Ben earned a BA in Theatre and Performance and his M.B.A in non-profit management from Willamette University.

Sound Design

Ben is the full-time technical director and instructor of technical theatre at Santa Barbara City College. Sound design credits include The Last Lifeboat, Communicating Doors, One Man, Two Guvnors, A Flea in Her Ear, Other Desert Cities, Proof, Hound of the Baskervilles, Ten Red Kings, Light Up The Sky, Bus Stop and Arsenic and Old Lace with The Theatre Group at SBCC, additional sound credits include Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Ash Girl, and Confession in Wood. In addition to theatre, Ben has worked in the concert industry having been a light director and sound operator for such artists as Alice Cooper, Poison, Leanne Rimes, Wynona Judd, and Air Supply. Ben earned a BA in Theatre and Performance and his M.B.A in non-profit management from Willamette University.

Light Design

Ben is the full-time technical director and instructor of technical theatre at Santa Barbara City College. Light design credits include The Marriage of Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Overcoat, Thunder City, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Death of a Salesman, To Kill a Mockingbird,and Noises Off. In addition to theatre, Ben works in the concert industry having been a light director and light crew chief for such artists as Alice Cooper, Poison, Leanne Rimes, Wynona Judd, and Air Supply.  Ben earned BA in Theatre and Performance and his M.B.A in non-profit management from Willamette University.

Projection Design

Ben is the full-time technical director and instructor of technical theatre at Santa Barbara City College. Projection design credits include West side Story, Newsies, One Man, Two Guvnors. In addition to theatre, Ben works in the concert industry having been a light director and light crew chief for such artists as Alice Cooper, Poison, Leanne Rimes, Wynona Judd, and Air Supply.  Ben earned BA in Theatre and Performance and his M.B.A in non-profit management from Willamette University.

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Articles and Reviews Featuring Ben Crop

Measure for Measure

One of William Shakespeare’s most beguiling plays dramatizes one of Shakespeare’s more infamous bargains: a young woman’s virginity in exchange for her brother’s life. This story of tyrannical authority, sexual power, and gender politics is especially resonant in today’s #MeToo culture. Dramatically set in a high-tech world of surveillance, ETC's production is a gripping modern tale. Video Design by Ben Crop.

The SBCC Theatre Program

Santa Barbara City College Theatre Arts department has a variety of drama and theatre classes. Featuring Ben Crop.

Pursuing an MBA with an eye on theatre

Crop is a teacher and technical director for the theatre department at Santa Barbara City College in California. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and an MBA in five years through Willamette’s accelerated 3+2 dual degree program... People often say that an MBA is not very useful unless you have a ‘high-up’ business role,” he said. “I say all jobs are business roles. The more we can be prepared to work in a business environment, the more success we will find in our lives and jobs.”

Finding Your Light and Other Treacherous Moments

Things get real when Santa Barbara’s premiere technical theatre professionals Richard “RC” Croy, Katie Williams, and Ben Crop join Maggie and Anna to examine the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and platforms that don’t lock down. It’s Technical Theatre time!

BWW Review: COMMUNICATING DOORS at SBCC Theater Group

The play has a lot of elements that work well: it looks good (scenic and light design by Patricia L. Frank; costume design by Pamela Shaw), it sounds good (sound design by Ben Crop), the time machine is a cool stage effect that screams campy sci-fi, and the projections are a stylish way to denote era in a play that uses the same set for a number of different timelines.

UC Santa Barbara Opera Theater: Mozart's Marriage of Figaro - watch the opera

Ben Crop’s experience in lighting several of Santa Barbara City College’s Garvin Theatre shows over many years gave him experiential wiggle room to explore lighting possibilities at Lotte Lehmann. Making color an ambient companion to mood, Crop’s lighting gave hue and ballast to Adamson’s set changes.

Witty student one-acts coming to Jurkowitz Theatre Nov. 9

Frank and Ben Crop, theater technical director, have been working to create the lighting and design of the play. Their goal is to find projections for the backdrop while keeping it simple with minimal distractions for the audience during scene changes.

Behind the scenes look at the original production ‘Project Love’

Stagecraft Instructor and Technical Director, Ben Crop, oversees all the technical areas of production except costume. There is one designer for each area and Crop facilitates their work. Working in collaboration, also called “devised theatre,” has its benefits and difficulties. “I think it is more conducive to the creative process,” said Crop. “It’s easier for a team to collaborate because they are all creating it together as opposed to trying to recreate something that already exists.”

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