Benjamin A. Hodges is originally from Morristown in East Tennessee, and following an undergraduate liberal arts education in Ohio, he moved to New York City in order to pursue a career in the arts. Ben was as an actor, director, and/or theatre and film producer in New York City for over twenty years, producing and appearing in numerous theatrical productions before accepting the position of executive director at Fat Chance Productions and Fat Chance Films–an independent theatre and film production company. Fat Chance developed Prey for Rock and Roll from a stage production (the first legit theatrical production to play CBGBs) into a critically acclaimed feature film starring The Sopranos’ Emmy winner Drea de Matteo and Gina Gershon.
Also while in New York, Ben served for twenty years as an editor for the 2001 Special Tony Honor Award-winning Theatre World publication (the most complete annual pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre), becoming editor-in-chief in 2007. In 2003 he was presented with a Special Theatre World Award in recognition of his ongoing stewardship of the Theatre World Awards ceremony for Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Ben also served as executive producer for the 2005 LAMBDA Literary Foundation "Lammy" Awards, and for eight years as the executive producer of the annual Fire Island Literary and Theater Festival.
Prior to joining Gordon Law Group, Ben was in private practice for five years in New York focusing on entertainment, family law, and landlord/tenant matters. Upon his move to Nashville, he accepted an association attorney position at King & Ballow law firm, where divided his time between the entertainment section, focusing on copyright infringement cases, and the labor and employment section, focusing on employment labor disputes, sexual harassment cases, and employee separation agreements.
His publications include The Commercial Theater Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals (Applause, 2007), which quickly became the definitive guide to commercial theater producing in America, and The American Theatre Wing Presents The Play That Changed My Life: America's Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them, (Applause Books, 2009).
Ben holds a BFA in Theatre Acting and Directing from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and is an alumnus of the Commercial Theater Institute. He received his 2012 Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.
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