Ben Gonio is a creative teaching artist and professional actor with a flair for innovation. Ben is the founder of /fee-nix/ Productions which serves to provide various high tech companies creative consulting services, professional development coaching, technical writing, social media hosting through interactive web content, industrials, and corporate trainings. Other services include designing and conducting theatrical and interactive workshops for professional development using the mechanics of theatre. He coaches corporate employees in public speaking, effective communication, team building, and leadership skills that ultimately results in positive team dynamics. Ben Gonio also moonlights as a professional actor. He has a B.F.A. in Drama from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theatre Exchange Program. He is certified in Stage Combat with an emphasis in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, and Quarterstaff. Ben also holds an M.F.A. in Acting at the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program with a Masters Thesis in Solo-Performance. Ben has been faculty at The University of Washington School of Drama, University of Arizona School Of Theatre Arts and Northwest Actors Studio. He is currently a faculty member at The University of Washington, Bothell.
Ben studied under regional theatre luminaries such as Tina Landau, Jon Jory, Mark Weill, Peter Brosius, Mladen Kiselov, Joe Dowling, Julian Patrick, Marsha Mason as well as Andrei Droznin, Anatoly Smeliansky and Bob Parks.
His performing experience encompass both film, television as well as national commercials. He has done guest starring roles on NBC/Universal’s GRIMM and TNT's LEVERAGE. Regional theatre credits include such companies as the Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre, Houston's Arena Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre and local Seattle companies including Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, and Alice B. Theatre. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA.