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  • John Benitz, Chapman University

    John is an actor, writer, director and producer for both stage and screen. He is currently in post-production for a feature-length film he’s directing featuring Annette Bening, Laura Dern, Common, Michael C. Hall, among others. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film, Children of the Struggle, about the fight for Black civil rights which was seen in film festivals across the country, aired on PBS and is in dozens of high school and college libraries nationwide. In 2019 he directed a film about iconic acting coach Ivana Chubbuck which is distributed through Films for the Humanities and was a consulting producer for the indie film hit, MFA seen on Netflix. He has directed theatre at such venues as the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center and LaMama. He is a Full Professor of Theatre at Chapman University.

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