Ben Pryor

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

A curator and producer working across independent and institutional contexts, Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor (Ben Pryor) has produced more than 150 performance engagements of 22 evening-length dance, theatre, and performance works by artists including Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston-Jones/Dennis Cooper/Chris Cochrane, and Deborah Hay (among others) and realized with 83 museums, performing-arts centers, festivals, and cultural institutions in 54 cities across 16 countries. Pryor created American Realness, an annual festival of performance and discourse, to call attention to the proliferation of choreographic practices transcending the historic notions of American dance. From 2010–2019, the festival served as a launching pad for artists entering the national and international performing-arts field. Pryor has curated programs for Centre National de la Danse (Pantin, France), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France), Les Subsistances (Lyon, France), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria), and Hollins University MFA Dance program (Roanoke, Virginia). He is currently senior producer for Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. SLC, 2021–

Graduate Courses 2022-2023

MFA Theatre

Creative Practice, Organizing, and Producing

Graduate Component—Fall

This graduate level component is an intensive in artistic planning and production. From conceiving a project, planning, budgeting, and fundraising for its creation, promoting the premiere, taking a work on the road, and archiving it for the long term, this class will prepare students with a basic knowledge of what it takes to put your work into the world. In addition the class will look at the national and international contemporary performance field with a ground level introduction to working artists, residencies, presenting organizations, festivals, museums, and more. This class meets on zoom.