Ben Furey is a New York City based Dialect/Accent, Voice, and Text Coach for Theatre, Television and Film with over 22 years experience and has coached over 100 professional theatre productions. He is New York's leading coach for British and Irish accents, being both a native Brit and having lived, coached and taught in Ireland for 3 years. He has coached many other accents and dialects over the course of his career.
He was the resident Voice and Dialect Coach for the long-running Broadway production of multi-award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Curious Incident... won five TONY awards in June 2015 including Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor. Curious Incident... opened a National tour in Washington DC and is now touring the US having recouped it's costs after only 21 weeks.
Ben is the Vocal Consultant to Michael Moore on his debut Broadway show, Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender.
In 2016, Ben was asked to act as Dialect Consultant for the Complicité production of The Encounter for it's Broadway run. He worked with Simon McBurney (the conciever/director/performer of the piece) and Richard Katz, the alternate performer, on the American accent for the protagonist of the piece.
Ben worked with the Broadway company of the multi-Olivier award-winning King Charles III. He did acoustic work for the production and was the dialect coach for the understudies.
In the early summer of 2015, the hit CBS TV show, Elementary, asked Ben to come in to work on a Standard British accent with an actor playing a recurring character. He worked on ten episodes in Season 4 and was asked back for Season 6 for two more episodes. He also coached actors on Russian and Turkish language lines.
Ben was the Dialect Coach of the Tony award-winning Matilda the Musical on Broadway which ran for over 1500 performances, closing on January 1st 2017. Ben worked with 19 Broadway Matildas as well as the rest of the Adult and Children's company.
Ben was the Dialect Coach for The Last Ship - a new musical with highly acclaimed music and lyrics by Sting and directed by Joe Mantello - on its Chicago and Broadway runs.
Prior to Matilda, Ben's biggest assignment was Billy Elliot: the Musical which began rehearsals in New York in June 2008. After that production opened to great acclaim (and ten Tony awards), he continued as Broadway's resident coach as well as working on all four subsequent major North American productions, being resident coach on three of them. He stepped down from Billy after over four years working on the show.
Other Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mamma Mia and Side Show.
In addition to the National tours of Billy Elliot, he has worked on a number of other National tours including A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mamma Mia, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Ben's off-Broadway work includes Sweeney Todd (Barrow St/Tooting Arts Club); Linda, By The Water, The Explorers Club, That Face (Manhattan Theatre Club); Animal, Cloud 9, Our New Girl, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Harper Regan, Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company); If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (with Jake Gyllenhaal and Brian F. O'Byrne), The Last Match, The Language Archive, Bad Jews, Significant Other, The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company); Appropriate (Signature Theatre); Oslo (Lincoln Center Theater).
Ben has coached many shows regionally and internationally, including productions at Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Two River Theater, Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Gate Theatre (Dublin, Ireland), Canon Theatre (Toronto), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, and both Colorado and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals.
Amongst his film and TV credits are Lost City of Z, 12 episodes of Elementary (CBS), Treasure Buddies, and Eyeborgs.
Ben was the Vocal Consultant for the popular PBS wine program, Vine Talk.
Ben trained as a voice coach and teacher in his native London at the prestigious Voice Studies course on the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Voice Studies from Central, an MA in Modern Drama Studies from University College Dublin, and graduated from the Musical Theatre programme at the Guildford School of Acting in England.
After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama, Ben spent three years in Dublin (Ireland), teaching at Joe Dowling's Gaiety School of Acting and coaching at the Gate Theatre.
After coming to the US in 1998, Ben spent a few years teaching and coaching in Dallas, TX and then taught voice, text, accent and dialect for nine years at the UNC School of the Arts (formerly NCSA).
He has taught on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Drama and coaches third and fourth year productions.
Ben presented a Dialect Masterclass for Old Vic New Voices - Best of British, which was a major series of Workshops held in New York City by London's Old Vic Theatre.
He taught accent/dialect workshops all over the country.
Some of the actors Ben has worked with include: Jayne Atkinson, Simon Russell Beale, Brian F. O'Byrne, Anna Camp, Kim Cattrall, Victoria Clark, Patricia Connolly, Corey Cott, Micheal Cumpsty, Dane DeHaan, Adam Driver, Gabe Ebert, Jennifer Ehle, Lisa Emery, Colin Farrell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zach Grenier, Jesscia Hecht, Jayne Houdyshell, Eddie Izzard, Greg Jbara, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jake Lacy, Jonathon Majors, Jefferson Mays, Simon McBurney, Howard McGillin, Jimmy Nail, Estelle Parsons, Faith Prince, Alex Sharp, Carol Shelley, Hugo Weaving, and Jennifer Westfeldt.